“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®.


  • Broaden professionals’ working knowledge of community leadership, landmarks, and resources
  • Inform participants about the issues and challenges facing the city
  • Provide direction and connections for social and community engagement


Professionals (and their spouses/partners) from both the private and public sectors. Candidates generally have recently relocated, accepted new or expanded professional responsibilities, or are simply looking to learn more about the St. Petersburg area.


  • The history of the St. Petersburg area
  • The challenges and opportunities of the present and future
  • Local leadership and civic structure
  • Community resources, assets, and opportunities for engagement

Spring 2022 cohort details and information will be available in Fall 2021.

Contact: Courtney Smith (727) 388-2910 or csmith@stpete.com  for general program inquiries or to receive email updates.

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