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George Cretekos' 30-Year Career Celebrated at USGS Center in Florida

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George Cretekos, longtime Assistant District Administrator for U.S. Congressman Bill Young (R-Florida), was honored by the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership in a gathering at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Normile Conference Room on the evening of May 31, 2006. The gathering was a celebration of Cretekos' retirement after more than 30 years of service. It was 1971 when Cretekos joined the staff of Congressman Young, who represents the 10th Congressional District of Florida. Now serving his 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Young remarked that after all this time working together, there was no way to replace George Cretekos.

Jack Kindinger and Don Shea present George Cretekos with a plaque Marty Normile and Jack Kindinger
Above left: (Left to right) Jack Kindinger and Don Shea present George Cretekos with a plaque on behalf of the USGS. [larger version]

Above right: Marty Normile (left) and Jack Kindinger enjoy a moment together in the USGS Normile Conference Room. [larger version]

The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership group, led by Don Shea, hosted the recognition and retirement ceremony and chose to hold the honorary event at the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center office in St. Petersburg, Fla. Many of the attendees had been instrumental in securing the site and the complex of buildings that house the USGS offices, working with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership to create a scientific-research center as part of the downtown community. Thus, it was fitting that the USGS office was the site for the ceremony.

Peter Betzer and George Cretekos Sandy Coffman helps sign in the guests
Above left: Peter Betzer (right), Dean of the College of Marine Science USF, discusses the past and the future with honoree George Cretekos. [larger version]

Above right: Sandy Coffman helps sign in the more than 100 guests who came to recognize George Cretekos' distinguished career. [larger version]

The event took place in the Normile Conference Room, with all arrangements handled by the Downtown Partnership. Numerous dignitaries were present to honor George Cretekos, including the previous president of the Downtown Partnership, Marty Normile, for whom the main USGS conference room is named; Congressman Bill Young; St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker; former St. Petersburg Mayor Dave Fischer; Pinellas County Commissioner Calvin Harris; several members of the St. Petersburg City Council; the Dean of the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, Peter Betzer; and the chairman, chief executive officer, and editor of the St. Petersburg Times, Paul Tash.

plaque presented to George Cretekos recognizing his longtime support for U.S. Geological Survey scientific activities
Above: Closeup of the plaque presented on behalf of the USGS to George Cretekos recognizing his longtime support for USGS scientific activities. The plaque was made by Dave Wegener of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center's St. Petersburg office.

During the ceremony, Cretekos was recognized by Pinellas County Commissioner Calvin Harris, USF Dean Peter Betzer, Congressman Bill Young, and USGS Associate Center Director Jack Kindinger. Bill Young presented Cretekos with an American flag that was certified to have flown over the Nation's Capitol. On behalf of the USGS, Kindinger recognized Cretekos' many contributions to the St. Petersburg USGS center by presenting him with a plaque featuring a piece of fossiliferous limestone carved into the shape of the State of Florida. After the formal ceremony, the crowd of more than 100 people enjoyed each other's company, sharing stories and conversation.

Related Web Sites
St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership
business-supported, non-profit organization
U.S. Congressman C.W. Bill Young
Unites States House of Representatives

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