It’s not often that Chamber members drink coffee and enjoy bagels in the morning at distillery, but that’s what happened at the Chamber’s May Coffee Chat at the St. Petersburg Distillery located in Midtown St. Petersburg. Close to two dozen Chamber members gathered in the tasting room at the distillery to have an informal conversation with newly elected District 7 Council Members Lisa Wheeler-Brown.
Prior to running for city council, Wheeler-Brown was a community activist and past CONA President. In 2011, the Council Member was the NAACP Social Justice recipient for her efforts to curb crime & violence in her neighborhood.
Council Member Wheeler-Brown impressed upon the Chamber member’s her dedication to creating jobs and affordable housing for the residents in her district, which includes some of the most under-served communities in Pinellas County.
The Council Member recognized that there is going to be difficulties in creating economic growth in her district, but believes there is tremendous opportunity for redevelopment and enterprise on vacant lots and homes. The Chamber has experienced their own difficulties in cultivating new membership in Midtown and South St. Petersburg, particularly among minority-women owned businesses. When hosting events in District 7, the Chamber is often only left with three to four locations for Chamber events in Midtown St. Petersburg.
The next Chamber Coffee Chat is on Tuesday, June 14th with District 69 State Representative Kathleen Peters. The location is TBA. Register here.