Community & Economic Development Strategy

Grow Smarter St. Pete

Grow Smarter is an economic development strategy with a focus on equity. It operates as a collective impact initiative with the mission to reduce gaps by race and place by creating equitable economic growth.

Grow Smarter brings together 90+ organizations working in a number of areas for cross-sector collaboration with key stakeholders and members of the business community. The initiative is based on the Grow Smarter Strategy, a comprehensive, integrated, data-driven community plan to enhance St. Petersburg’s competitive position and provide quality, diverse economic growth.

Six Strategic Focus Areas

Grow Smarter addresses specific topical areas through workgroups made up of representatives from community organizations, businesses, and individuals.

These workgroups collaborate to contribute to the positive and progressive growth of St. Petersburg and include Culture & Community, District & Corridor Development, Coordinated Education & Training, Entrepreneurial Growth, Targeted Job Creation, and Housing workgroups.

Grow Smarter brings the work of individual organizations out of silos and supports the alignment of community resources to improve the wealth of everyone living in St. Pete.

Equity & Grow Smarter Investors

Click here to learn more about opportunities to become an Equity & Grow Smarter Alliance investor and support our Programs of Work for 2021.
Contact Grow Smarter Manager: Jocelyn Howard |