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Inside St. Pete Sponsored by Foley & Lardner LLP: May 31, 2024

Important Information

Meeting Point & Parking
We will start the day by meeting at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann School of Accounting and Finance building located at 700 4th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Attached is a map of the building, titled “LPH” on the map. Please park in the P19 Lot starred and labeled in yellow on the map which is right next to the building we’ll be in. When you pull in, a member of our staff will greet you, hand you a parking pass to display on your dashboard, and guide you to the building where breakfast and morning sessions will be held.

What to Wear: St. Pete Business Casual
Comfortable business casual. Our day will be spent mostly inside, but we will be getting around town (in style) thanks to Star Trolley. The trolley does have A/C, but given that it’s May in Florida, we always advise to dress comfortably and be ready for any weather/environment as it may be colder inside the venues (you may want to bring a light sweater), but warmer in the trolley. We won’t be walking too far, but comfortable shoes are always recommended.

Please bring your ID
To ensure a speedy check through security at the Maritime & Defense Technology Hub, please have your ID with you.

The Agenda

*Please note agenda is subject to change.


7:45 AM – 8:15 AM | Registration/Check In & Breakfast Buffet (provided by the Hangar) at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg


8:15 AM – 9:00 AM | Welcome & Intros by:


  • Chris Steinocher, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Ken Welch, City of St. Petersburg
  • Jason Spears, 2024 Chamber Chair, Peninsular Mechanical Contractors
  • Allison McKown, Event Sponsor & LSPAA, Foley & Laudner
  • Chancellor Christian Hardigree, USF St. Petersburg

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM | St. Pete’s History with Rui Farias

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | St. Pete by the Numbers with:


  • Andrea Falvey, City of St. Petersburg
  • Caleb Peterson, Visit St. Pete Clearwater

11 AM – 12 PM | Panel on Key Issues in St. Pete with: 

  • Brand Gabbard (moderator), City Council Member
  • Jay Miller, J Square Developers
  • Whit Blanton, Forward Pinellas
  • Liz Abernethy, City of St. Petersburg
  • Laura Hine, Pinellas County School Board Chair

12:15 PM | Star Trolley Pick Up at USF & drive to the Hub (St. Pete Innovation District).

To ensure a speedy check in process at the Hub, please make sure to bring your ID with you.

12:30 PM | Lunch at the Maritime & Defense Technology Hub:

  • Welcome by Alison Barlow, St. Pete Innovation District & Gina Driscoll, City Council Member
  • Airport & Marina Discussion with Rich Lesniak, Albert Whitted Airport and Dave Wirth, City of St. Petersburg
  • Lunch provided by Gateway Subs

1:15 PM | Tour of the Maritime & Defense Technology Hub with Alison Barlow & Gina Driscoll


2:00 PM | Depart the Hub for Tropicana Field on Star Trolley (Guided tour of St. Pete main attractions by Shawn Drouin)

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Panel: 86 Acres of Opportunity/Historic Gas Plant with:

  • Chris Steinocher (moderator)
  • Brian Caper, City of St. Petersburg
  • Brian Auld, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Alex Schapira, Hines
  • Gwen Reese, African American Heritage Trail

3:15 PM | Trolley departs Tropicana Field for tour of the Deuces

3:15 PM – 3:40 PM | Trolley Tour through the Deuces District to Imagine Museum with Latorra Bowles, The Deuces Live

3:45 PM | Arrive at Imagine Museum; group picture in front of Mural

3:55 PM | Panel: Arts in St. Pete with:

4:15 PM | Tour of Imagine Museum

4:40 PM | Trolley departs for Green Bench Brewing

4:50 PM | Happy Hour at Green Bench Brewing’s Webb City Cellar and closing remarks by Chris Steinocher + thank you gifts. 

5:45 PM | Trolley leaves Green Bench and returns to USF St. Pete where your car is parked.

Thank you to our hosts!

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The day is fueled by these awesome & local businesses:

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Speaker Bios

Download speaker bios here.


Parking Map of USF

USF Parking Map

Route & Stops

Inside St. Pete Stops and Route
  1. USF St. Petersburg Kate Tiedemann School of Accounting and Finance - Dean's Suite
    700 4th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  2. Maritime & Defense Technology Hub
    450 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701The Maritime and Defense Technology Hub (Hub) in the St. Pete Innovation District brings together under one roof the triple helix of innovation: industry, government, and academia focused on the areas of maritime and defense technology.
  3. Tropicana Field
    1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33705Tropicana Field is a multi-purpose domed stadium located in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. The stadium has been the home field of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball since the team's inaugural season in 1998.
  4. The Deuces District
    This area of St. Petersburg, the area around 22nd Street South and 9th Avenue South, was the former hub of black businesses, homes, and entertainment during the time of segregation.St. Petersburg’s 22nd Street, dubbed “The Deuces” after its double 2’s, was the heart of a vibrant and prosperous African-American community on St. Pete’s South Side.  Having survived decades of blight caused by the construction of I-275, the heartbeat of this community is still strong. Deuces Live is a nonprofit organization created to revive and revitalize this historic neighborhood where Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday played, famous African-American baseball stars stayed and the black residents of St. Petersburg lived, worked and worshiped.
  5. Imagine Museum
    Contemporary gallery showcasing works by American emerging & established studio glass artists.
  6. Green Bench Brewing - Webb's City Cellar
    Webb’s City Cellar is Green Bench's second tasting room and barrel aging facility adjacent to their original location. While it specializes in mixed culture, sour and wild ales, it shares the beer garden in the middle of the two facilities.The name is an homage to Webb’s City Drug Store, the World’s Most Unusual Drug Store which first opened in Downtown St. Petersburg in the mid 1920’s. It took up seven city blocks, and was complete with 77 departments ranging from a meat market, to a beauty salon; a hardware store to a Mermaid Show.
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