2018 Grow Smarter Summit Recap

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Grow Smarter’s second annual Summit in early December brought over 200 community members together to discuss the future of St. Pete.  If you missed the event or want a refresher, read on! You can also click here to download the powerpoint presentation from the Summit. Opening remarks from 2018 Grow Smarter Steering Committee Chair Ryan Griffin and presenting sponsor Bank …

Grow Smarter Summit December 7th, 2018

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The Grow Smarter Summit will be held December 7th at Pinellas Technical College and you can register by clicking here. We will engage in a discussion about the future of our city with the theme of “The Future of St. Pete is ____________.” There will also be an opportunity to learn about Collective Impact and about the strategic direction of …

Grow Smarter Survey

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What do you think about St. Pete? We want to know! Take the survey: www.growsmartersurvey.com. For a little history, in 2014 the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Petersburg came together to create a comprehensive strategic plan for a unified economic development strategy. As part of the strategy a survey was conducted with participation from …

What’s Happening Now

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The St. Pete Chamber of Commerce has organized 6 committees to continue activating the Grow Smarter Initiative. District & Corridor Work Group Targeted Job Creation Work Group Awareness Building Work Group Entrepreneurial Growth Work Group Coordinated Education & Training Work Group Culture & Community Work Group These groups are meeting regularly. If you would like to participate please use the …

Local EDCs partner to woo Amazon

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The arms race for HQ2 is in full swing. Cities across the country submitted proposals to Amazon for their second headquarters site, a $5 billion project that could employ up to 50,000 people at an average annual wage of more than $100,000. St. Pete/Tampa’s approach? There is power in numbers. The counties, Pinellas and Hillsborough, and the cities, St. Petersburg …

Grow Smarter Summit: December 8th

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Join us in attending the Grow Smarter Summit on December 8th. This event is open to the public and will gather some of the most civically-minded and participatory citizens in St. Petersburg toward one goal: growing smarter – together. The event introduces the Grow Smarter Strategy, spearheaded in 2014 by a partnership between the city and the Chamber of Commerce. …

USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business

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Entrepreneurial Growth: Formalize new partnerships to advance “cradle-to-career” education. The Grow Smarter Strategy specifically outlined the necessity of formalizing new partnerships in education and business sectors to support “cradle to career” education in the Strategy report. The Kate Tiedemann College of Business has retooled the business curriculum of the school and created/advanced entrepreneurial programs for just this purpose (5.1). ACTION …

St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation

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Targeted Job Creation & Awareness Building: Create an Economic Development Corporation The Grow Smarter Strategy specifically outlined the necessity of creating a city economic development corporation for the purpose of growing and supporting existing businesses, as well as building awareness and attracting new businesses to the area in the Strategy report. The St. Petersburg EDC and its website were launched …

St. Petersburg Innovation District

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District & Corridor Development: Formalizing the district The Grow Smarter Strategy specifically outlined the necessity of formalizing the St. Pete Innovation District in the Strategy report. The Innovation District has been formalized (1.1), its boundaries have been designated (1.2), and it has been branded with its own marketing platforms and website (1.2). ACTION 1.1: Formalize the development of a Downtown …