EDC Launches Workforce Resource Map 2.0

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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

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©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

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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

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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 …

Introducing the Grow Smarter St. Pete Toolkit

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When recruiting new business or talent from outside the city, St. Petersburg has a lot to be proud of. From arts, culture, and entertainment, to beautiful beaches and warm weather all year round– our city has something to offer for everyone. The Grow Smarter Awareness Building Workgroup wanted to make the job of promoting St. Petersburg even easier for business …

“Growth Smarter”: Florida In-Migration to St. Petersburg

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Over the past decade St. Petersburg has maintained steady population growth on par with the United States average, increasing at an average of 0.6% annually. However, some components of this population change are quite different than that of the United States. The first difference in St. Petersburg versus the national average is the rate of natural increase (RNI)[1], which provides …

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 …