Largo city officials will provide a State of the City Update at the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce's Business Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave. NE.
The impact of revenue declines on the city's operating budget, new development/redevelopment opportunities being studied and ongoing efforts by the administration to address the needs of area businesses are among the topics to be addressed.
Participating in the discussion will be City Manager Norton "Mac" Craig, Assistant City Manager Mike Staffopoulos and director of community development Carol Stricklin.
Cost is $15 for advance registration and $20 at the door. To register, call Cindy Paquin at 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate opening night with the Threshers
Be part of opening night baseball excitement. The annual Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber Ballpark Bash will take place on Thursday — the opening night of the Clearwater Threshers season — beginning at 6 p.m. at Bright House Networks Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.
It will be held at the park's Hot Corner Cafe and feature a game between the Threshers and Dunedin Blue Jays. Tickets cost $16 a person and includes the Hot Corner Cafe's all-you-can-eat menu featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, peanuts, chips, ice cream sandwiches, soft drinks, bottled water and $2 draft beers.
The event will also feature exhibits by chamber-member civic and nonprofit organizations promoting their programs and services as part of the Quality of Life Showcase. Tickets are available at the chamber's 151 Third St. NW office or call 584-2321.
Work will teach ways to optimize technology
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold a business workshop, "Cost Effective Technology Solutions to Save Your Business Money," from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. It will take place in the chamber boardroom, 151 Third St. NW.
The program will address Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a general term for delivery of voice communications over IP networks such as the Internet.
VoIP can be a benefit for reducing communication and infrastructure costs. Because of the bandwidth efficiency and low costs that VoIP technology can provide, businesses are beginning to migrate from traditional copper-wire telephone systems to VoIP systems to reduce their phone costs.
It also will examine the advantages and disadvantages of Windows, Mac and Linux as well as define the purpose of Web sites, search engine tips and how to make Web sites profitable.
Cost is $30. To register, call Charlie Cronk at the chamber at 584-2321 or visit www.spcollege. edu/ct. The program is being presented by St. Petersburg College Corporate Training Center and sponsored by Centratel Telephones.
Tallahassee Mission is set for April 14-15
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is spearheading its third annual Tallahassee Mission for Pinellas County business leaders April 14 and 15. It will feature a social reception and a series of meetings with the county's elected state delegation.
Elected officials scheduled to address the chamber include chief financial officer Alex Sink, State Attorney General Bill McCollum and budget director Amy Baker.
A special briefing with lobbyists at the Florida Chamber of Commerce will round out the itinerary.
Cost to attend is $325 per person for a single hotel room or $250 a person for those who double up. This includes transportation, lodging and most meals. Space is limited to 30 people.
For more information or to register, call 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.