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Tampa Bay leads state in wage growth among major metros

January 20, 2017 - 

TAMPA — Pinellas and Hillsborough counties had the highest year-over-year wage growth of Florida’s metropolitan hubs from 2007 to 2016. According to data released Thursday, Pinellas, which had the highest increase of any major county, jumped about 25 percent from $37,302 in 2007 to $46,496 in 2016. Hillsborough County rose just over 23 percent from $41,216 in 2007 to $50,768 in 2016. "Tampa and Hillsborough County’s sustained efforts to attract and grow companies that pay higher wages and invest in our community is paying off," said Craig Richard, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, in a release. Wages in Florida bumped up from $38,963 in 2007 to $46,346 in 2016. Visit for full article. 

Category: Business



FAMU, FIU, UCF presidents refusing to back down from their enrollment growth plans

January 22, 2018 - The presidents of Florida A&M, Florida International, and the University of Central Florida are pushing forward with their plans for enrollment growth despite harsh questioning on the issue from some members of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). UCF and FIU have been called on to defend their big student numbers at BOG meetings ever since they both surpassed the University of Florida in enrollment. Back in 2009, UCF took UF’s former title as the largest in Florida. In Fall 2016, UCF was the still the biggest in the state with 64,318 students and the second largest in the country behind Arizona State University. FIU was the second largest in Florida with 55,112 students. Click here for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Black Alabama student who made racist sorority video go viral talks aftermath

January 22, 2018 - 

When the now viral video of University of Alabama student Harley Barber shouting racial slurs first made its rounds on social media, fellow student Brittney Thomas says she was in complete shock. “Wow, she is really bold to have recorded herself saying these things,” the African-American junior from Atlanta, Georgia recalled thinking at the time. Thomas, 20, was enjoying her day off after classes were canceled due to inclement weather. It also happened to be a national federal holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Her day of peace quickly turned upside down when she noticed the shocking videos on her Twitter timeline. Visit for full article.

Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations


Liberia: George Weah sworn in as new president

January 22, 2018 - Former international football star George Weah beat outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai in a stunning election runoff to replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president. Weah has a rags to riches story made for Hollywood. Weah was reportedly born in a slum in Monrovia, an area that depends heavily on iron ore and rubber exports. Drawing on his own experience growing up in an impoverished area, Weah campaigned on growing the economy and eliminating corruption. To a population where 80 percent of people are trying to get by on less than $1.25 a day, those promises were compelling. Click here for full article.

Category: Government & Elected Officials

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Renters! Free Home Ownership Information Classes Jan. 22nd

Monday, January 22, 2018

Location: Childs Park YMCA 691 43rd Street South, St. Petersburg FL

Getting the right information at the right time is key to making home ownership excellent! We want to help families get everything they need to know about the home buying process! Join for these informative classes! To register visit or call (727)418-1554. 

Category: Civic Events


2nd Annual Community Meeting Foundation for A Healthy St. Pete

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Location: Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg 744 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Foundation leadership will present an updated mission and strategic direction for advancing health equity and population health in Pinellas County. A visioning activity will draw community voices and ideas into the social innovation planning process. Visit to get involved

Category: Health Events


Human Services Coalition of Pinellas County Winter Networking Conference

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Location: Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Join for networking opportunities and informative presentations about programs and services that are helping residents throughout Pinellas County.  A special focus will be Age Friendly Pinellas. Attendees are invited to share input on how Pinellas County can be more “Age Friendly.” Call Pam Russo-Scholz at (727) 464-8421   Fax (727) 464-8454 or E-mail:


Category: Civic Events

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