Newly formed relationship further champions Tampa Bay economy
TAMPA BAY, FLA. (September 26, 2014) – Two major entities – one local government and one non-profit organization – are aligning together to invest in the economic vitality of the Tampa Bay region. The City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Tampa Bay Partnership to further the growth and prosperity of Tampa Bay. As part of the agreement, the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce will jointly invest in the regional economic development organization with the purpose of advancing the Tampa Bay community’s economy.
“We are thrilled that the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce are joining the Tampa Bay Partnership as investors and proponents of this great region,” said Stuart L. Rogel, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. “Both organizations have been unyielding champions of the St. Petersburg community; however, together, we will now be even stronger as a region working as one. We look forward to the commitment that the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce have made and know that our economy will continue to progress thanks in part to this newly formed alliance.”
“The Tampa Bay area is a region on the rise, and St. Petersburg is leading the way,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman with the City of St. Petersburg. “I’m pleased the City can partner with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Partnership to promote economic opportunities for our city and our region.”
“The city has much to offer and gain through strong regional efforts,” said Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. “With our economic development plan underway, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate leadership in the community.”
The Partnership is the economic development organization for the Tampa Bay region. Covering the counties of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota, the Partnership was founded in 1994 by local business leaders and elected officials who had the vision and belief in forming an organization between regional economic development groups, stakeholders and businesses to stimulate and advance the area’s economy. Currently, the Partnership is comprised of 11 regional economic development partners and more than 150 public and private investors.
The Tampa Bay Partnership is the eight-county regional organization that works with its partners to market the region nationally and internationally, to conduct regional research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and governmental issues that impact economic growth and development.