“Your Community Doorway”

FOCUS St. Pete is a community orientation program for professionals who are eager to establish civic relationships and learn more about the inner workings of the community with a minimum expenditure of time. The program is sponsored by the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®.

FOCUS 2019: Thursday, June 20 - Friday, June 21, 2019

Thursday, June 20th: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Bilmar Beach Resort
Friday, June 21st: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM - SPC Midtown

5:00 PM  Welcome to FOCUS St. Pete
5:30 PM  St. Pete History
6:30 PM  Dinner
7:00 PM  Healthcare/Social Services
8:00 PM  Closing *
*Attendees are welcome to enjoy the sunset at the Bilmar Beach Cafe or Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach
 8:30 AM   Welcome and Breakfast
 9:00 AM   Local Government
10:00 AM   Sustainability/Coastal Environment
 11:15 AM   Education Panel
 12:15 PM   Lunch
12:45 PM   Arts & Culture Panel
  1:45 PM   Economic Development
 3:00 PM   Guided Tour of St. Pete
 5:00 PM   Closing & End of Program


Broaden professionals’ working knowledge of the community in a 13-hour program
Acquaint participants with formal and informal decision-making
Inform participants about the issues and challenges facing the city
Provide direction for participants to become engaged in community affairs


Professionals (and their spouses/partners) from both the private and public sectors. Candidates generally occupy key positions in their organizations and are new to the area or have accepted new or expanded responsibilities.


  • The history of the St. Petersburg area
  • The issues and challenges of the present and future
  • The leadership of our community
  • The opportunities facing our community

FOCUS St. Pete is limited to 35 participants. The cost is $300 per participant and $100 for a spouse/partner. The fee includes all meals and tours. Spouses/partners are encouraged to enroll.

For further information contact: Courtney Smith (727) 388-2910 or csmith@stpete.com.

FOCUS Spotlight

“FOCUS St. Pete is as much for locals as it is for professionals new to the market. I am a St. Petersburg native, and I learned more about my city in those three days than a lifetime of living here.”

– Ginger Reichl
President, Pinstripe Marketing