Mr. Homans presented on the mission and vision of the Partnership. He outlined its efforts to facilitate coordination among Tampa Bay area county and city governments, economic development councils, metropolitan planning organizations, and businesses in order to foster greater efficiency and collaboration on broad agendas. He stressed the importance of having regional alignment and a strong regional identity, in order to showcase the best of the region while strengthening it. Using examples of other vibrant metro areas, Mr. Homans illustrated how a data-focused approach is vital to addressing economic and policy challenges, and defined the Partnership’s longer-term goals for uniting the region.
Mr. Tankersley gave an interactive presentation, providing insight into the workings of St. Petersburg’s water and sewage systems, the issues they face, and the process of designing solutions. The information he gave was especially valuable in light of the recent problems caused by tropical storm Colin. Mr. Tankersley finished by detailing the City’s plans for future storm preparedness and emphasizing the importance of public works infrastructure.
After the two featured speakers, the attendees received updates on the redevelopment of the 400 block of Central Avenue, plans for St. Pete’s bike share and the Pier, and Chamber sustainability initiatives.