Renewable energy is topic of state summit
As oil and gas prices hover near record highs, Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is forging ahead with promoting the production of renewable energy in Florida, including ethanol made from agriculture waste and other woody products. Bronson is kicking off the 2008 "Farm to Fuel" Summit on Wednesday to bring together hundreds of industry leaders in agriculture, petroleum, academia, financial institutions and the government who want to make Florida a leader in the production of renewable energy. Highlights include a keynote speech from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, a special appearance by NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jack Youngblood, a workshop on bioenergy feedstocks in Florida and presentations from each of the 2008 Farm to Fuel Grant Program recipients.
St. Pete chamber has eyes on prize
Can the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce triumph and become an award winner in the National Chamber of the Year competition? In one of the metro categories, St. Petersburg faces off against Cincinnati and Tulsa chambers for the top prize. St. Petersburg chamber execs make their final pitch Wednesday at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives convention in Pittsburgh. The award is announced Friday evening.
TECO to announce quarterly earnings
TECO Energy, parent of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, will announce its second-quarter earnings Thursday. Quarterly results will be released before the market opens, and a conference call will be held at 11 a.m. A Web cast can be viewed at tecoenergy.com.
IAC shareholders to vote on split
IAC/InterActiveCorp shareholders gather in New York on Friday to vote on splitting into five separately traded stocks of the e-commerce conglomerate that owns HSN in St. Petersburg. Chairman Barry Diller, who is bowing out of HSN, controls most of the votes, so approval is expected. But the value of shares in the reverse stock split has yet to be revealed.
Right bid might win opera glasses
A platinum brooch laden with 163 diamonds. A big white and yellow gold Rolex. A Cartier lighter. Even a vintage collection of opera glasses. Yes, people have left all this stuff in safe deposit boxes and bank vaults across Florida, and state officials haven't been able to track down the owners. That means it's auction time. The state is hosting an unclaimed property auction in Tampa, with a preview slated for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa. The auction starts Saturday at 10 a.m. and will continue until all items are sold. For more information, visit www.fltreasurehunt.org.