Workgroup Highlight: Entrepreneurial Growth

Marisa Mattingly Workgroups Leave a Comment

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

Marisa Mattingly Workgroups 1 Comment

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

Justin Johnson News Leave a Comment

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 …

Job Growth Since the Recession

Justin Johnson Uncategorized Leave a Comment

St. Petersburg’s job growth has been slow to recover since the Great Recession. Between 2008 and 2011, St. Petersburg lost nearly 19,000 jobs. Only until recently have the job counts reached pre-recession levels. It is important to note that most of the jobs lost were among the “Administration and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services” category as illustrated in …

Examining St. Petersburg’s Rent Burdened Population

Justin Johnson News Leave a Comment

When initially exploring the 2017 numbers for the city of St. Petersburg, we may see that median gross rent[1] and median household income[2] have largely grown together at an average of about 2% annually since 2010. This means that on average, St. Petersburg residents have steadily spent about 24%, or one-quarter of their household incomes on rent. Not so fast! …

St. Petersburg Unemployment by Census Tract

Justin Johnson News Leave a Comment

Cities are like organisms, complex and diverse—amalgamations of different neighborhoods, each with unique traits and histories. It can be challenging to find data that examines all the moving parts of a city but nevertheless remains crucial in its understanding. Often times a U.S. Census Tract is the best fit for organizing geographical data into a neighborhood. Tracts are generally measured …

EDC Launches Workforce Resource Map 2.0

Haley Rademacher News Leave a Comment

Earlier this week the St. Petersburg Area EDC, one of Grow Smarter’s strategic partners, launched the 2.0 version of its Workforce Resource Map—created in partnership with CareerEdge.  This platform includes a comprehensive list of work-force related resources and programs available to employers in St. Petersburg in five categories: Recruiting, Training & Development, Incentives & Grants, Internships & Apprenticeships, and Diversity …

Spotlight on Equity-Based Initiatives in St. Petersburg

Haley Rademacher News Leave a Comment

©2015 PolicyLink. All rights reserved.   You may have read about the five conditions of Collective Impact and understand that these initiatives are created to address a wide range of social problems in the United States and internationally.  At Grow Smarter we are in good company with other organizations working to create positive change in areas of economic development, public …

“Growth Smarter 2”, In-Migration to St. Petersburg from Outside of Florida

Justin Johnson News Leave a Comment

In our first Growth Smarter post we discussed the racial demographics of residents moving into St. Petersburg from other cities in Florida, read more about it here. From that data we learned that there is an increasing proportion of White in-migrants, compared to a decrease in minority in-migrants moving to St. Petersburg within the state of Florida. Let’s feed this …

The Five Conditions of Collective Impact

Haley Rademacher Uncategorized Leave a Comment

You have probably heard that Grow Smarter uses a Collective Impact approach to create equitable economic growth. But what is Collective Impact? Collective Impact was first introduced by a Stanford Social Innovation Review article in 2011 and has since been used to solve community challenges around equity, education, public health, and environmental issues.  Collective Impacts use cross-sector collaboration to address …