Jim Donatelli, the 2017 Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Governors, kicked off the event and introduced Scott Gault of the Bank of Tampa, the event’s presenting sponsor. After a welcome from our host, Mayor Kriseman took the stage.
Chris Steinocher, Chamber President & CEO offered the audience background on the Grow Smarter Strategy, an economic development initiative that allows everyone to participate in St. Pete’s growth.
In 2014, the City of St. Pete and the Chamber together hired Market Street Services, Inc to build a strategy for growing St. Pete’s economic position. The Grow Smarter Strategy targets specific job sectors for growth and development. In these “targets”, competitive advantages exist, prospects for future growth are greatest, and return on investment is likely highest.
Within the five target sectors, there are initiatives that support these six strategic focus areas.
Each focus area has a group of dedicated volunteers that want to help our community grow smarter.
Ryan Griffin, Chair of the Grow Smarter Strategy introduced the work groups, and attendees heard from each focus area on the success that has happened so far, and what’s to come with future initiatives.
Innovation District recap – click to watch video.
2020 Plan overview – click to watch video.
- 3 Daughters Brewing
- Power Design
- Raymond James
- Lindsay Carson, Pre-K parent
- Rebecca Watson, Public School parent
- Kristin Harding & Rebecca Gagne, PTC students
- Sridhar Sundaram, USF St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann College of Business Dean
- Raphael Perrier, Kawha Coffee
- Kim Dohrman, Creative Clay
- Rachel Carpenter, Intrinio
- Chief Holloway, St. Pete Police
- Karl Nurse, St. Pete City Council
- John Collins, St. Pete Arts Alliance