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|St. Petersburg’s State of the City AddressOn Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 am, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will deliver his annual State of the City address.|
Mayor Kriseman will highlight our shared progress and speak to our challenges and opportunities.
RSVP by Eventbrite is not required, but is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.
|South St. Pete CRA Place-Based OpportunitiesThe South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) was established to promote reinvestment in housing and neighborhoods, commercial corridors, business development, education and workforce development and non-profit capacity building within the South St. Petersburg CRA.|
Among the 14 City programs to help redevelop the area, three Place-Based programs finished accepting applications this week: Commercial Site Improvement Grant, Commercial Building Interior and Tenant Improvement Grant, and Commercial Revitalization Program.
BY THE NUMBERSThe City received over 50 commercial grant applications this past month after the following outreach accomplishments:
5 Corridors Walked57 Business Engagements (visits, meetings)32 Satellite Office Hours (Enoch Davis Center, TBBIC)13 workshops held, 99 registrations, 184 attendees (this includes walk-ins) 1 Community Meeting20 Social Media related posts (Greenhouse, City of St. Petersburg accounts)4 Pieces of Media CoverageThe Weekly ChallengerABC Action NewsTampa Bay TimesSt. Pete Catalyst
Learn more about South St. Pete CRA by visiting www.stpete.org/cra
|St. Pete Tech Startup Nationally RecognizedJanuary’s release of the 2019 GovTech 100 list, compiled and published by Government Technology, is circulated as a way to recognize companies founded to solve problems unique to the public sector.|
St. Pete tech startup, Callyo, made the 2019 list of top tech companies in the nation. The company makes technology for public safety agencies and recently launched a free website where first responders can find accurate, real-time locations of 911 callers.
Callyo also became the second recipient of St. Petersburg’s Grow Smarter Job Creation and Talent Attraction program. The program provides awards to companies with 49 employees or less that hire new employees at salaries above Pinellas County’s average wage. Callyo created and retained two new high-paying jobs, totaling an award of $9,000. Congratulations to Callyo and their team!
|St. Pete Vision 2050 is Underway|
|St. Petersburg is a thriving and eclectic community of over 260,000 persons. It is diverse demographically, economically and culturally and prides itself on being a welcoming and engaging community. Vision 2050 will be a community wide conversation about the future of our City.|
Mayor Rick Kriseman, with City Council’s support, considers an updated Vision 2050 a top priority and has directed his administration to engage the community to make it happen. Provide your input…
The City released a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Vision 2050 Consulting Services, due by March 14, 2019.View the full Scope of Services…
|In 2002 the community completed the Vision 2020 process, culminating in City Council’s adoption of the formal Vision 2020 document.|
|Request for Proposal Released for Prime Block in EDGE DistrictThe City of St. Petersburg has issued a request for proposal to buy and redevelop the current headquarters of the Police Department at the 1300 block located in the EDGE District. The new police headquarters is expected to be finished this year across the street off 1st Avenue North.|
View full RFP…
|Pinellas County’s Net Migration RecapLast month’s State of the Economy presentation provided several insights on our local population trends. One trend that has remained consistent over the last four years: net migration. Net migration is the change in population, less population change due to births and deaths.|
Net migration was at 1.2% for 2017 in Pinellas County, accounting for 12,321 new residents. A majority of the new residents migrated from other areas of the United States, while Hillsborough County and the State of Florida saw nearly an equal split of new residents from both domestic and international regions.
Governing.com published an article reiterating the national trend of domestic migration and why so many people are moving out of the Northeast and relocating to our area for a better quality of life and economic opportunity.
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|New St. Pete Pier ProgressThe new St. Pete Pier™ was designed with criteria established by a citizen-led group, and unprecedented community input. There are so many varied facets to the new Pier, it truly will have “something for everyone.”|
Construction is well underway, with the Pier deck completely poured, foundations and framing for many of the Pier buildings underway and all 26 acres under development.
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|Upcoming Events & Opportunities|
|Central Avenue Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project Open HouseWed, February 20th, 6 – 7:30 pmSPC Downtown244 2nd Ave N, Room DC-210|
6th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Art FestivalTues, February 23-24thSouth Straub Park198 Bayshore Dr NE
St. Petersburg State of the City AddressSat, February 23rd, 10 – 11 amThe Palladium Theater253 5th Ave NThe Greenhouse EventsNonprofit Grant Writing BasicsFeb 21st, 6 – 8 pm