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St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, the first mayoral debate between Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event took place at USFSP on Sept. 10, 2013.
Here are links to some of the news coverage.

 

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Debate video, unedited

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 

Video provided by Nicolas Weathersbee 

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Tampa Bay Business Journal

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

Tampa Bay Business Journal editorial assistant Jo-Lynn Brown's report, Candidates do little to inspire at St. Pete mayoral debate:

 

"Incumbent Mayor Bill Foster argued his record and former State Rep. Rick Kriseman argued it was lacking. The two candidates for the St. Petersburg mayoral race answered questions from five panelists and an audience of about 150.

 

Three of the panelists represented businesses: Jack King, co-owner of Three Birds Tavern, Mo Venouziou, vice president of LocalShops1 and Bill Jackson, director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance. Linda Hersey, a freelance journalist and Mark Lombardi-Nelson, USFSP student body president, also asked the candidates about their support for entrepreneurship, their stance on regulations and the St. Petersburg waterfront."


You can read the full report and watch a video in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's website, BizJournals.com/TampaBay.

 

 

St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


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Bay News 9

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

From Bay News 9 reporter Holly Gregory's report, Foster, Kriseman grapple over St. Pete economy in first debate:

"Panelists asked them about their thoughts on offering incentives to small business owners.

We ought to be looking for things we can do to make it easier, and if it’s incentivizing," Kriseman said. "(Want them to) to come here, open up and survive.”Foster had a different answer.

I don't favor using general ad valorem fund dollars to give any types of credits to small businesses, the taxpayer dollars,” he said.


The complete report can be seen on Bay News 9's website, BayNews9.com.

Link to video with clips from the debate.

St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


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WFLA Channel 8

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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From WFLA reporter Peter Bernard's report, St. Pete mayoral debate brings few surprises:

"A standing-room only crowd jammed into the University Student Center on the USF St. Petersburg campus for a debate between incumbent St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster and his challenger Rick Kriseman on Tuesday night. Unlike previous debates, this one allowed for some back and forth, like in an exchange about the candidate's records."

The complete report can be seen on WFLA's website, WFLA.com.



St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


 


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Tampa Bay Times

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

 

From Tampa Bay Times political writer Mark Puente's report, Foster, Kriseman square off in first debate after primary:

"The first debate after the primary election saw the two mayoral candidates present opposite views of the city's present and future Tuesday night. Questions at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg centered on economic development and growing small businesses. Unlike a dozen primary debates, this event offered chances to rebut answers. The two lawyers and former City Council members agreed on some points, but their clashing conclusions provided insight into their political beliefs and leadership traits.


The complete report can be seen on Tampa Bay Times' website, TampaBay.com.



St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 

 

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The Patch

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

From Patch editor William Mansell's report, Mayor’s Race Heats up at Small Business Debate:

"Tuesday’s debate also ramped up the jabs and attacks between Foster and Kriseman. Kriseman hit Foster for his handling of the Rays and Tropicana Field situation, saying Foster has failed because he has lost the trust of the entire Rays organization. ... Foster hammered Kriseman for his time in Tallahassee for doing "really nothing” during his tenure as a state representative." 


The complete report can be seen on the Patch's website, StPete.Patch.com.



St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


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Tampa & St. Petersburg Tribune, TBO.com

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

From Tampa Tribune writer Christopher O'Donnell's report, Foster, Kriseman spar on economy, records and Rays:

"Job creation has taken something of a back seat in the debate over who will be the city’s next mayor, with the police department, the pier, failing schools and the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium dispute hogging discussion time. That changed Tuesday evening in a combative first debate of the general election season as incumbent Mayor Bill Foster defended his economic record as city leader while challenger Rick Kriseman pledged that he would remove obstacles like the excessive regulations he said make it tough for small businesses to grow.

 

"The candidates also aimed a few blows at each other, with Foster repeating earlier attacks on Kriseman’s six-year record as a state lawmaker, saying he failed to get any bills passed. ... Kriseman blamed Foster’s leadership for Midtown losing its only grocery store when Sweetbay closed in February."


The complete report can be seen on Tampa Tribune's website, tbo.com.



St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


 


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ABC Action News

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From ABC Action News' report, Debate:Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman debated small business, economic development:

 

"St. Pete's mayoral candidates debated tonight and explained how they plan to help small businesses and increase economic development in the area to a standing room only crowd. USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1 partnered to present the mayoral forum. ... Forum moderator Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan, Ph.D., who is a USFSP political science professor, said the panel chosen for the debate specifically included local business leaders, small business owners and many from USFSP's entrepreneurial program."


The complete report can be seen on ABC Action News' website, ABCActionNews.com.



St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


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Creative Loafing

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

From Creative Loafing political editor Mitch Perry's report, Foster, Kriseman Clash Early and Often in First General Election Debate:

 

"In a debate focusing on small business issues, the two clashed early on, differing on whether the city has done enough to promote the economic development of the city away from downtown.

Kriseman, who resides in West St. Pete, which has traditionally felt isolated from the rest of the city, said that he's met numerous business owners who complain that nobody from the city ever inquires about how they're doing.

Foster said he "naturally disagreed," referring to the city giving $24,000 in seed money to help establish the Edge District west of downtown. He also referred to the Central Avenue Redevelopment Plan approved by the City Council a year ago."


The complete report can be seen on Creative Loafing's website, CLTampa.com.  



St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

 


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10 News

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 

From 10News anchor Tammy Fields' report, Strong words during St. Pete Mayoral forum:


"With the St. Petersburg Mayoral race down to two, Tuesday night was debate number one in the showdown between current Mayor Bill Foster and his challenger Rick Kriseman. The topic during the forum was business, and it was standing room only inside the University Student Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus where it was held. ... This forum allowed for rebuttal and it was during that portion of the forum when the gloves really came off and the verbal punches erupted."

The complete report can be seen on 10News' website, WTSP.com.

 

 

St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.

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