A future for rural grocery stores Photo (right) by Elizabeth Flores. Copyright 2015, Star Tribune The rural grocery store is facing change. Big box competition is fierce. Customers shop in larger towns, and grocery store owners who have played a vital role in small-town life for decades are retiring Kathy Draeger, director of Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) , led RSDP to study the struggles. A survey that garnered responses from 175 grocers is helping RSDP consider what could help rural grocery stores thrive . One finding is that owners want to pass the baton to a new generation. Sixty-three percent do not intend to own their store in 10 years, but a majority do…
Learn How Charles County Creates a Budget
Each year, Charles County Government staff, Commissioners, and affiliated agencies work collaboratively to provide recommendations for the General Fund Operating Budget adoption. This effort lasts nine months, and involves reviewing how much general fund money is available and where these funds should be allocated Starting in the fall, county analysts begin preparing revenue estimates based on economic data, such as salary amounts, fringe estimates, and spending patterns of county departments County analysts send budget recommendations to all the departments in November. Each department is assigned an analyst who works with the director and staff to determine their budget and needs. Once departmental budgets are decided, the County Administrator reviews the budgets. If there is a deficit,…
What you need to know about counterfeit golf clubs
There are still 1.2 million counterfeit clubs produced every year
County offices to close on Feb. 20
Pinellas County Government will hold an in-service training day for employees on Monday, Feb. 20; many Pinellas County government offices will be closed on that day.
Flood plains and commercial buildings
When a commercial building is located in a floodplain, a real estate transaction can become more complicated or even impossible. This webinar discusses techn...
How to Recycle Electronics and Scrap
Scrap metal prices vary based on various factors it is a simple way to do your part in protecting the environment as well as earning a bit of extra cash.
How Transit Agencies are Alleviating Demand for Paratransit Services
With ridership and costs up on systems around the nation, many are looking for ways to not only eliminate some of those costs, but also, in many cases, expand mobility for seniors and people with disabilities.
Trail etiquette tips
Behave with respect and courtesy to others on trails built for pedestrians and bicycles.
Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
One way that parents can have an impact on other children is to know the signs of child abuse and what to do when you need to get help for another child.
Charter school facts vs. myths: What NAACP needs to learn
Two Fridays ago, a national debate in education came to Florida: Are charter schools a good thing, and specifically, are they good for children of color? The second part of the question is particularly interesting to the civil-rights organization that hosted a hearing in Orlando to explore it: the NAACP . It’s also a vital question to me as an African-American educator. So, I made the trip from Polk County to speak.