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 …

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, …

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 …