Driving Smart Economic Development

Driving smart economic development is at the core of our mission. We create strategic goals and partner with the city, business districts, and other organizations to lead the drive for positive change in our community. Members are encouraged to engage in these initiatives by participating in workshops, attending meetings, and more.

Grow Smarter www.growsmarterstpete.com

Grow Smarter

Together, the Chamber and the City of St. Pete created a community and economic development strategy to support quality, diverse economic growth now and into the future.

Grow Smarter Education Task Force

The St. Petersburg Chamber’s Education Task Force is focused on public policy that fosters alliances to coordinate career education programs and skills training identified in the Grow Smarter strategy. An important driver for advancing economic growth is a well-educate, reliable and prepared workplace. The Task Force is a diverse partnership of community leaders, education professionals, non-profits and employers that are invested in the educational outcomes of St. Petersburg. The Education Task Force meets as planned.


The Greenhouse provides business owners and entrepreneurs the education, resources, and assistance necessary to thrive in the local economy. The Greenhouse is St. Petersburg’s front-door to business growth, comprised of experts from the Chamber, the City, and a wide network of partners, who are all committed to the economic growth and development of St. Petersburg’s economy.

Entrepreneurial Academy (EA)

The Entrepreneurial Academy® is a ten-week course that teaches existing and future entrepreneurs the essentials of owning a business.

St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

The EDC promotes economic prosperity by marketing St. Pete as a world-class business destination, working to retain and create more high quality jobs.

Business Districts

The Chamber engages with the city’s business districts, which are made up of business owners who advocate for the best interests of their organizations, to build a thriving economic corridor.

The St. Pete Store & Visitors Center

The St. Pete Store & Visitors Center features locally made goods and helps visitors and residents discover St. Pete’s community of artists and makers.