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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Examining St. Petersburg’s Rent Burdened Population

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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

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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

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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 …

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 …