Pinellas County Business News
October, 2015
GeniusCentral Grand Opening

GeniusCentral Systems is now open for business in St. Petersburg, after an Oct. Grand Opening. The retail software solutions and actionable intelligence company announced the relocation and expansion of its headquarters to Pinellas in March. The new location brings with it a projected 40 new jobs and an additional 16,000 square feet of space in St. Petersburg's Enterprise Zone.

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Priatek Plaza Now Open in St. Petersburg

On September 17, Pinellas County's tallest office tower was renamed Priatek Plaza.  Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Chair John Morroni, Commissioner Karen Seel, Commissioner Kenneth Welch and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman congratulated Priatek's CEO, Milind Bharvirkar, at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Commissioner Morroni welcomed the company on behalf of the BCC, saying "This is a bold move for a bold company with big dreams.  I can tell you that you've made the right choice and our community is ready to welcome and support you as you grow your business."
Pinellas County Job Corps Update

The Pinellas County Job Corps Center is currently ranked 17th nationally out of 125 centers in the U.S., and is running at full capacity.  On August 28th, Congressman David Jolly congratulated the most recent 82 graduates on completing the program, as they move forward to advanced training, careers, college and military service.  This year, the Job Corps students completed 7,000 hours of community service with organizations such as St. Petersburg Grand Prix, Relay for Life, Boyd Hill, Pinellas Hope, Pet Pal Animal Shelter, Mercy Seekers and babysitting foster youth with the Pinellas Opportunity Council.  And, the Pinellas County Job Corps Women's Basketball Team won the 2015 Job Corps National Championship! Learn more about the Pinellas County Job Corps Center at
Celebrate Manufacturing Day, Oct. 2
The manufacturing industry employs approximately 60,000 people in the Tampa Bay area. To celebrate National Manufacturing Day in Pinellas, a number of local manufacturers will be hosting open houses and tours. Click here to search for events listed by city.  Additionally, a  proclamation will be read at the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners meeting Oct. 20. Learn more about National Manufacturing Day at, and visit us at to learn more about manufacturing in Pinellas.

CareerSource Pinellas Offers Free Training to Earn Manufacturing Skills Certifications
Funded with a $250,000 grant awarded by the State of Florida, this pre-vocational training program provides no-cost training to eligible individuals for employment in entry level, high demand occupations with the potential for high wage careers in manufacturing. New classes begin monthly.  Visit to learn more.
Nov. 20: Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show
Meet Pinellas County department buyers, as well as purchasing agents from surrounding counties, at this free annual event. Learn how to grow your business by providing products and services needed by local government agencies. Visit to register.

Opportunities for Florida Companies at the US Welcome Pavilion at the Rio Summer Games
The US Welcome Pavilion is a collaborative effort to promote economic development, international trade and travel to the United States with support from public and private sector business and tourism sponsors. The goal is to provide an educational center where US-based companies and public sector organizations can highlight both business and recreational opportunities to the eight million attendees expected during the Rio Summer Games from August 5 - 21, 2016. Learn more about the US Welcome Pavilion at, and for more about information about how local companies can participate please email

Free paper shredding, Oct. 10
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Solid Waste Administration Building, 3095 114th Ave. N., St. Petersburg (the first driveway south of 118th Avenue North on 28th Street North). Residents can bring up to six file-size boxes or bags per vehicle. Staples, rubber bands, paper clips and paper folders are allowed, but documents should be removed from three-ring binders.
All documents brought to the event will be shredded confidentially on-site by ShredQuick, and the shredded papers will then be recycled. More information about ShredQuick is available at
Downtown Clearwater is growing...

... and there are a number of new initiatives focused on downtown revitalization. 

To learn more about downtown Clearwater and all it has to offer, visit  Once you're on the site, please sign up for the Cleveland Street District Update, located on the far right column of the home page.  After you've signed up, you'll receive a confirmation e-mail to which you must reply.  Once you've replied, you'll then receive the monthly Cleveland Street District Update that will alert you about new downtown restaurants, stores, projects and events.
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