Grow Smarter Summit 2019

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December 6, 2019 The Grow Smarter Annual Summit is an opportunity for us to engage with our community and to learn from each other. The Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete will host this gathering at their new Center for Health Equity so we can provide our audience with updates and hear about the topics that are most important to …

September Workgroup Recap

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Entrepreneurial Growth: Discussion of putting together a meeting of workgroup leaders (Coordinated Education and Training, Entrepreneurial Growth, and Targeted Job Creation) A Survey Based on Barry Foster’s Handout (see basecamp). A brief survey, likely administered by the City, to sample our underserved entrepreneurial community. It seeks to understand the following: organizational makeup, talent, capital, climate, and risk tolerance. Built in …

St. Petersburg Area Manufacturing Pt. 2

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As mentioned in our earlier series, manufacturing plays a key role in the St. Petersburg Area’s economy due to its high concentration and its higher wages. For perspective’s sake let’s first compare this industry to our top employer, healthcare and social assistance. Note, unlike Part 1, this section will compare numbers arriving strictly from the City of St. Petersburg’s geographical …

Intern with Grow Smarter

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Grow Smarter is an inclusive, multi-sector initiative to create equitable economic growth in St. Petersburg. The initiative works is areas including District and Corridor Development, Coordinated Education and Training, Awareness Building, Culture and Community, Housing, Targeted Job Creation and Entrepreneurial Growth. More information about Grow Smarter can be found at www.growsmarterstpete.com. Grow Smarter is seeking a Social Media and Marketing …

St. Petersburg Area Manufacturing Pt. 1

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Throughout the months of August and September, Grow Smarter’s Targeted Job Creation Workgroup has taken a deeper dive into the St. Petersburg Area’s specialized manufacturing with the intention of better understanding the makeup of this vital industry. Specifically, this workgroup seeks to explain the workforce that local manufacturers pull from in the past, present, and into the future. Where are …

August Workgroup Recap

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Grow Smarter workgroups are steadily at work continuing the mission of equitable economic growth Below are the highlights from our District & Corridor Development, Targeted Job Creation, and Entrepreneurial Growth Work Groups from their August meetings. District and Corridor Development Our wonderful team on the D&C work group continued discussions on their 2019 priorities which are the Trop Site redevelopment, …

Grow Smarter is Hiring!

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Grow Smarter is seeking a qualified candidate to take on the role of Manager. This position is responsible for Grow Smarter’s continuous communication with the community and ensuring the engagement of stakeholders in the collective impact. They should have excellent facilitation and presentation skills and will facilitate work group meetings that are engaging and collaborative. The Grow Smarter backbone support …

Workgroup Highlight: Entrepreneurial Growth

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Leadership: Jessica Eilerman Workgroup Chair Small Business Liaison, Mayor’s Office Greenhouse Manager Dr. Cynthia Johnson Workgroup Vice Chair Center Director, Office of Small Business and Supplier Diversity Pinellas County Economic Development About: Though still emerging, the entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Petersburg is nevertheless building capacity and beginning to see results. With its pedestrian-scale, walkable, and amenity-rich downtown, St. Petersburg is …

July Workgroup Recap

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Are you curious what the Grow Smarter workgroups have been up to this month? Well, wonder no longer. Here are the highlights from each meeting. If you have questions or are interested in getting involved with one of our workgroups, you can reach out to Dr. Keesha Benson at kbenson@growsmarterstpete.com. Housing: Goal for 2019 is to determine housing needs Review …

Housing Inequity by Race in St. Petersburg

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Since 2010, the St. Petersburg population has grown 4.2%, from 245,715 to 256,031 in 2017. According to 2017 Census data, the largest demographic components of the city’s growth are Latinx, contributing 42% of growth, followed by White non-Hispanic at about 25% of growth. The Black population, the city’s second largest demographic group, contributed approximately 2% of the growth. Despite this …