The 2016 Leadership St. Pete class has introduced a new way to secure financial assistance for the ALPHA House project. Check out the video of the Fox News segment and donate now: YouCaring.com/ALPHA.
ALPHA House, the beneficiary organization selected by the 2016 Class of Leadership St. Pete, was featured this week on Fox News. Lexi Plummer, a class member from HSN, as well as Jennifer Stracick, Alpha House's Executive Director, explained the need for support - as Pinellas County’s only residential maternity program, ALPHA House provides housing and supportive services to homeless pregnant women and teens, new mothers with infants, and families experiencing crisis pregnancies. Since 1979, ALPHA House has served more than 3,000 women, teens and infants and almost 90 percent of those who have gone through their program have made a successful transition into permanent housing and independent living. This means that they are making impacts on their residents not only today, but for future generations.
The 2016 Leadership St. Pete class has introduced a new way to secure financial assistance for the ALPHA House project. Check out the video of the Fox News segment and donate now: YouCaring.com/ALPHA.
Transportation Task Force
Bicycle Friendly Business Initiative, Christine Acosta
The Transportation Task Force Meeting held on February 23rd, was largely focused on turning St. Pete into a bicycle friendly business area. This is a collaborative effort under the healthy St. Pete initiative. St. Pete is at the bronze level when it comes to hosting bicycle friendly businesses. Many communities have found this push to become more bicycle friendly and increasing the use of bicycles as economically valuable for their tourist and luring the right kind of citizens to relocate to St. Pete.
The bicycle friendly business initiative seeks to support all pedal populations: employees, customers, and the community at large. The four key areas of this initiative are encouragement, engineering, education, evaluation. The initiative is currently in phase one, to design and share this project with key stakeholders to receive feedback. Businesses may focus on changing facilities and storage for bikes, while adding bike repairs or bike washes. Smaller merchants may provide discounts if you arrive on your bike.
This bicycle friendly business initiative would hopefully bring about more cyclist commuters in the St. Pete area. There is a want to get all sizes of business involved and to get a safer environment for those traveling by bike. Acosta stated that, “Everything depends on the businesses and their goals.”
Brad Miller, PSTA: There has been a really good kick off to the pilot Uber and Taxi Cab initiative in Pinellas Park. The Uber app now allows riders in select areas to take $3 off an Uber ride if you are going to a PSTA bus stop. There is also continued testing up in East Lake with cabs.
Evan Mory, City of St. Petersburg: The City of St. Petersburg included Darryl LeClair’s gondola concept in their “Smarty City Challenge” grant application. St. Petersburg is among 70 cities vying for the $40 million "Smart City Challenge" federal grant that emphasizes alternative and innovative transportation. The challenge has been proposed to midsize cities to come up with future transportation – looking for creative ideas. The gondola system would connect different areas from downtown to gateway district, beaches, Skyway Bridge and Eckerd College, to the south. The City of St. Petersburg should know by late March, early April if they are a finalist.
Kate Harris, SPYP Communications Co-Chair
The St. Pete Young Professionals Council (SPYP) presents monthly Leadership Roundtable Series, sponsored by Bouchard Insurance. Leadership Roundtables are a SPYP member-exclusive program that connects young professionals with major leaders to discuss personal and professional growth, goals and success.
January’s Leadership Roundtable featured Trevor Burgess, President, CEO and Founder of C1 Bank. Burgess met with approximately 30 young professionals on Wednesday January 26, 2016 to speak about leadership, how to make an impact in business and navigating the work-life balance.
With his background as an Investment Banker, Burgess created C1 Bank not as a continuation of his past experience but to be a change agent for the culture of Community Banking. Just a few of the characteristics of the unique workspace of C1 Bank include a relaxed dress code, a redesigned office space with a comfortable yet modern feel and employees who receive a living wage. Those distinctive qualities are just some of the reasons for C1 Bank’s internal success.
Personal relationships and staying attuned to his mission are central to what motivates Burgess to create positive change in what once was a sleepy industry. People often stay or leave a job if they feel respected. For that reason, Burgess has molded the culture of C1 Bank into a place where employees feel they are respected, can grow and are a valuable part of the team.
So what would a successful leader like Burgess say to his 25-year-old self or to any young professional? “Save more money” and “do your research” – this advice is coupled with leading by example and working as hard as you’d expect anyone else to in your professional arena. Leadership is also impacted by who you look up to and are influenced by. Burgess’s influencers include his mother and Steve Ells (Founder and CEO of Chipotle).
About Trevor Burgess:
Trevor Burgess is the President & CEO of C1 Bank and its bank holding company, C1 Financial (NYSE: BNK). C1 Bank is a $1.7Bn bank focused on the needs of entrepreneurs with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida and has 32 offices throughout Florida. Trevor was named the 2014 American Banker Community Banker of the Year and was recognized as the 2013 Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial services category. In 2014 SNL named C1 Bank the 6th fastest growing bank in the country over the prior five years. C1 Bank is the Official Bank of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Official Bank of the Outback Bowl, the Official Bank of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and a Corporate Partner of the Miami HEAT. Mr. Burgess has served as a director of C1 Bank since acquiring control of C1 Bank’s predecessor bank on December 3, 2009.
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On February 10th, the Pinellas County Chambers took the voice of business to the Florida State Capitol to advocate for the legislative priorities of the business community. In addition to supporting the reduction in the business rent tax and local funding requests, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s delegation included Chamber President/CEO Chris Steinocher, Chairman Greg Holden, Public Policy Chair Ryan Griffin, Barclay Harless, Alan Suskey, and Ben Diamond. The delegation advocated for funding of the St. Petersburg Big Data Collaborative. Click here to view the Chamber’s legislative priorities.
Duke Energy is powering Florida with more than electricity. Last year, the utility donated more than $3 million to Sunshine State non-profit organizations, $1 million of which to Tampa Bay area non-profit organizations.
Local grant recipients in 2015 included the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk County Education Foundations, American Red Cross of Tampa Bay, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum and Ruth Eckerd Hall, along with dozens of others.
"Giving back to the communities we serve is an integral part of Duke Energy's philosophy," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president - Florida. "We look forward to continuing our legacy of providing community support through charitable giving and employee volunteerism in 2016 and beyond."
Duke Energy's philanthropy helped fund projects such as rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles, providing emergency, health and safety services for victims of hurricanes and fires through the Red Cross "Prepare Florida" campaign, and supporting cultural arts and arts-infused educational programs at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
The company also invested more than $1 million in public education programs throughout the state last year, including more than $265,000 that helped established after school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at 44 schools in Pinellas County and $85,000 to the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg.
Since 2000, Duke Energy has given more than $55 million to Florida charitable organizations.
The grants are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of our communities, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact.
The foundation annually funds more than $25 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's six-state service area.
Additionally, Duke Energy Florida employees volunteered more than 45,000 hours of community service within the last five years through the "Duke Energy in Action" program. In 2015, employees participated in dozens of volunteer events in the Tampa Bay area including cleaning up Clearwater Beach, visiting veterans at the BayPines VA hospital and organizing food, clothing and school supply drives for those in need, just to name a few. Click here to see a video highlighting Duke Energy Florida volunteer events.
For additional information on Duke Energy's community giving programs click here.
If you have employees that currently make less than $51,000 and have managerial duties, then you should be aware of changes to the Department of Labor's (DOL) overtime regulation. The DOL is revising their overtime pay rate for full-time white collar workers from $23,660 to $50,440 per year, which will impact your organization's annual operating budget and how your human resource department tracks how many hours your staff works.
This ruling could hit companies from a host of industries, including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction, financial service providers, cleaning services and security. If the rules take effect as written, the required minimum salary to qualify for an overtime exemption would more than double in 2016. DOL also proposes automatic annual increases to the salary threshold, giving employers only 60 days before the new threshold becomes effective each year.
Organizations like Habitat for Humanity have written letters to the DOL stating how it will impact the growth and stability of their non-profit organization. Businesses that cannot comply with the increased costs will be forced to close down. This will detract from the local economy by leaving workers unemployed. The biggest impact will be on small businesses with already small profit margins. Small businesses are the providers of two-thirds of all new jobs in Florida.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber’s Advocacy Manager would like to hear from you on how exactly the changes to the overtime regulations will impact your business or employees. Please email Travis Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or Act) guarantees a minimum wage and overtime pay at a rate of not less than one and one- half times the employee's regular rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. An employee can only qualify if they are paid on a salary basis, that salary must be more than $455/week ($23,660 annually) and their “primary duties” must be consistent with executive, professional or administrative positions as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
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1. Who Will This Impact?
2. How will this impact my organization?
2. Why were the changes made?
3. How can I prepare for the changes?
Compensation trade-off: Employers increase the salaries of workers near threshold to tip them over it, but other benefits are traded off to compensate.
Convert EAP salary workers to hourly, non-exempt: Employers convert EAP salary workers to an hourly rate, set at a level that accounts for overtime that was previously exempt.
Reduced hours: Employers reduce the hours of EAP workers well under $970/week and substitute with part-time labor.
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Are you passionate about historical preservation and the redevelopment of St. Petersburg? Then you won’t want to miss the public information meeting to discuss St. Petersburg properties potentially eligible for historical designation. You can read more here on the meeting, historical ordinance, and PED list.
February 25, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 PM
St. Petersburg Main Library
3745 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Balancing Redevelopment and Historical Preservation
Last year the Chamber took a position on the city's historical ordinance, which included properties that are eligible to be designated as historical. The identification and listing of historic properties potentially eligible for local landmark designation (“PEL”) containing 55 properties, was first considered in 2005 at the request of then Mayor Rick Baker. This list of properties has since been outdated. The City is now updating the original PEL with additional properties that have been determined eligible for listing. Starting in 1993, a series of architectural and cultural resource surveys were completed for the City’s older (mostly residential) neighborhoods.
The identification of your property as individually eligible simply means that, based on a preliminary assessment, the subject property likely qualifies for designation as a Local Landmark. It does not mean that your property is, or will shortly become, a designated Local Landmark. There is a specific process for this. The intent of the PEL is to protect properties identified as individually eligible from the threat of demolition. Properties included on the PEL are flagged in the city’s planning and permitting database. Once added to the PEL, if a demolition permit is requested for the subject property, a 30-day stay of demolition is activated.
The list is currently scheduled for presentation to, and certification by, the City’s Community Planning and Preservation Commission (“CPPC”) on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 275 5thStreet North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
For more information and to view the complete PEL list, please click here. If you have any questions, comments, or require additional information, please contact Dr. Larry Frey, Historic Preservationist, at (727) 892-5470 or email@example.com.
by Encore Tampa Bay
Baby Boomers Aren’t Headed to the Exits. They Are Taking New Highways. Encore Connect Event Will Help in Creating New Roadmap.
Many Tampa Bay experienced workers, as they enter mid-life, are struggling with landing a job, finding the right resources for retooling, looking at starting a business, full time versus part time work, and figuring out the best way to connect to non-profits for volunteerism or paid jobs.
To address this need, Encore Tampa Bay is hosting Encore Connect: Your Roadmap to What’s Next, an event to explore the ways people 50+ can redefine retirement, find new purpose and do meaningful work that enriches their lives and strengthens their communities.
Encore Connect is set for Wednesday, March 16, 4- 7 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg and will provide boomers with an opportunity to learn from national leaders and connect to local resources for education, entrepreneurship, volunteering, job searches and transitioning to their individualized “encore.”
The Encore Connect event will feature keynote speaker Kerry Hannon, a nationally recognized expert on career transitions and retirement. Hannon is the author of numerous books and a frequent television and radio commentator. Her tenth book, Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies, was published in 2015 and hit #1 on Amazon for mid-life career management. Hannon will discuss how the world of work is changing and how people over 50 are making a living and making a difference in their second half of life.
An expo will follow Hannon’s presentation and showcase numerous resources available in the Tampa Bay area. Attendees will be able to connect to local experts, coaches, businesses and non-profits and benefit from one-on-one conversations on potential next steps. The expo will offer the “take action” guidance needed so boomers will leave with an individualized plan.
“We’ve been raised to think that our lives have three chapters: growing up and getting an education; working and raising families; and retiring to live out our golden years”, Bevan Rogel (founder of Encore Tampa Bay ) said. “Now those so-called golden years can go on for decades. Today, many boomers are trying to figure out how to leverage their skills and strengths in new ways that meet their needs. There really isn’t a roadmap for this, so our goal is to work together to create one.”
To learn more about Encore Connect and to register, visit www.EncoreTampaBay.com Registration is $40 ($50 after Feb. 26).
For the past 6 years, the Holistic Network of Tampa Bay has acted as a free community resource for locating and learning about holistic health options.
Holistic Practitioners began meeting once a month to collaborate and support each other. The network grew to include meetings in other nearby cities and recently became the Holistic Network of Florida by adding a Central Florida chapter.
Founder Deserie Valloreo is a long-time resident of St Petersburg. Holistic Network of Tampa Bay is based out of St. Petersburg because of the community's reception to holistic health options.
In addition to being a resource for the public to find and learn about holistic solutions, the Holistic Network of Florida is a valuable resource for holistic businesses to collaborate, support and encourage each other.
When asked about the Network, Debbie Hutchinson, founder of Astounding Victory Over Intoxicating Drugs said, "The first time I attended the Holistic Network was in November. I fell in love with everyone's passion to provide alternative products/services to the public. I have made several wonderful contacts with those who attended the November and December meetings. I was delighted to see that everyone had an interest in others success in the group, this is rare in many business groups. I look forward in getting to know everyone better and I hope we can all work together to be the change in the world we desire to see."
If you are interested in learning more about the Holistic Network of Tampa Bay, click the button below. Their inaugural Holistic Health Symposium & Expo is coming up on March 12, 2016, and is free for attendees.
This past weekend, Keep Saint Petersburg Local brought back Localtopia to Williams Park for its 3rd year. The all day event is a family-friendly "Community Celebration of All Things Local".
This year's event also commemorated Keep Saint Petersburg Local's (KSPL) 4-Year Anniversary. KSPL is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance, working to build a thriving local economy and a unique community in St. Petersburg.
Nearly 200 vendors filled Williams Park on Saturday, showcasing locally made goods to visitors and locals. To see the entire list of local vendors, click here. Despite a bit of rain, Localtopia shoppers raved about the experience. One testimonial posted on the KSPL Facebook page said, "#localtopia was all I had hoped for and more. Glad to live in such a rad city. #keepstpetelocal".
For the past three years, Localtopia has been a free event, KSPL's greatest "love note" to St. Petersburg. At last year's Localtopia, attendees were able to contribute their own "love letter" to St. Pete. At this year's festival, the "Wishes for Williams Park" tree, a collaboration between Keep Saint Petersburg Local, KEEP ST. PETE LIT and artist, Derek Donnelly, was a new art installation.
The Williams Park bus shelters are scheduled to be removed by February 14th, and Localtopia attendees were invited to write wishes on a leaf that volunteers will hang on the Tree.
KSPL is calling on the community to help them continue to bring the largest and best "Community Celebration of All Things Local." You may have missed the donation towers at the festival, or maybe you were able to attend this year but had a blast in previous years. If you would like to help keep this community showcase festival an annual staple, click the button below to donate to the virtual "tip jar".