2014 Pinellas County Economic Innovation & Leadership Symposium
On Oct. 30 and 31, over 200 local government and business leaders gathered to talk about Pinellas County’s future at the 2014 Economic Innovation & Leadership Symposium, held at St. Petersburg College. Over the two days, participants heard from a wide range of experts on the subject of economic growth through planned development and redevelopment, and were challenged to work together to identify and implement measures to ensure continued prosperity for the Pinellas economy.
Pinellas County Commission Chair Karen Seel: “We have a choice for our future of making a minimum effort, a good effort or a strong effort. Our community deserves a strong effort to ensure continued economic growth. It will take all of us working together, brainstorming disruptive ideas, collaborating and cooperating to reach a goal of 32,000 primary jobs and 500 acres of improved industrial property in strategic Pinellas locations by 2030.”
Reverse Trade Show a Success!
Pinellas County held its second annual Reverse Trade Show on Nov. 6 and it was a resounding success! The event allowed members of the local business community to meet with a wide variety of Pinellas County representatives to explore the many opportunities available to conduct business with Pinellas County government. More than 25 departments were represented, and nearly 150 business owners/representatives attended. Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development, says of the attendees, “They really appreciated being able to meet with so many purchasing decision-makers all in one place. One person said that it had been time consuming to see some of the departments and outside agencies on his own, but was able to meet with everyone in a single morning, thanks to the Reverse Trade Show.”
The 2014 Reverse Trade Show also allowed us to catch up with attendees of the 2013 event, and we’re very pleased to report that successful meetings at that event have resulted in ongoing business relationships with local companies. The St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, for instance, did business with three companies it met with at the 2013 Reverse Trade Show, and one of those companies has since received repeat contracts for recycling services.
You can find photos from the event on our Facebook page. Stay tuned – we’re still talking with participants from the event and will have updates on some of the happy results in future issues of Business News!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE! With Pinellas County Schools.
Pinellas County Schools seeks volunteers from the business community to serve on Career and Technical Advisory Councils at local high schools.
Advisory Councils bring business, community and education together to ensure students are learning the most current and up-to-date skills necessary to be successful in their career sand lives. The district is seeking volunteers from industry in the areas of construction, engineering, health care, hospitality, information technology and manufacturing. Advisory committee membership is an excellent way for businesses to become involved with technical training programs in the community by getting to know potential employees through internships and by providing invaluable input for providing high quality instruction to tomorrow’s workforce.
Contact: Mark Hunt, Executive Director, Career Technical Adult Education at 727-588-6006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Florida Emergency Management Private Sector
The Summit will be held December 15-16, 2014 at the Hilton Clearwater Beach. It is important for emergency management officials to understand the needs and concerns of the private sector. Identifying concerns prior to a disaster will enable managers and local companies to work together during and after a disaster. This event is focused on building understanding to facilitate continuity planning, resilience and recovery. This is a free event. Register and learn more at
Call for Projects: Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership – March 16 Deadline
Space Florida has entered into an innovative bi-lateral partnership with Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist to support joint aerospace research & development projects. Florida and Israeli companies are invited to form teams and submit joint applications for this program. Up to $1 million in grant awards may be made to Florida companies under this program in FY 2015. Space Florida administers the program in conjunction with MATIMOP, the international arm of the Office of the Chief Scientist. The application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2015. Learn more at http://www.spaceflorida.gov/israelpartnership.
New Web page helps residents find floodplain
Pinellas County residents can learn about their homes’ flood status and more with the new online Flood Map Service Center.
By allowing the page to access their location or entering their addresses, citizens will see floodplain boundaries and elevations for their homes, as well as other information typically included on a flood insurance rate map. In addition, users can find county-specific information including parcel boundaries and hurricane evacuation levels.
Check the latest county news. Connect with Facebook. Report a pothole. These options and many more are available through the new app, Pinellas County – Doing Things for You! The app is available for a free download to smartphones and tablets through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Watch a video showing how to report problems using the app: