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Community Voices

Mayor Ken Welch Headshot

Q&A with Mayor Ken Welch

St. Petersburg Mayor

January 16, 2024

Vanessa Williams headshot

Q&A with Vanessa Williams

General Manager, Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club‍

January 17, 2024

Dr. Kanika Tomalin headshot

Q&A with Dr. Kanika Tomalin

President & CEO, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

January 17, 2024

Dr. Cynthia Johnson headshot in front of a mural

Q&A with Dr. Cynthia Johnson

Director, Pinellas County Economic Development

January 17, 2024

Will Conroy headshot of him standing in front of a construction zone

Q&A with Will Conroy

President and Founder, Backstreets Capital

January 17, 2024

Gina Driscoll headshot standing in front of a Sun Runner stop

Q&A with Gina Driscoll

District 6 St. Petersburg City Council Member

January 17, 2024

Liz Dimmitt headshot with St. Pete Fairgrounds installation in the background

Q&A with Liz Dimmitt

CEO & Co-Founder, Fairgrounds St. Pete

January 17, 2024

Jillian Bandes headshot of her wearing a hardhat

Q&A with Jillian Bandes

Founder of YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard)

January 16, 2024

Dawn Shirreffs headshot taken in front of the downtown St. Pete skyline

Q&A with Dawn Shirreffs

Environmental Defense Fund, Florida Director

January 16, 2024

John Catsimatidis headshot of him wearing a hardhat

Q&A with John Catsimatidis

CEO of Red Apple Group

January 16, 2024

Headshot of Gwendolyn Reese

Q&A with Gwendolyn Reese

Gwendolyn Reese speaks with the Partnership about the history and culture of St. Petersburg and how it affects business and economic development for the future.

February 2, 2021

Headshot of Shirl Penney

Q&A with Shirl Penney

Shirl Penney of Dynasty Financial Partners speaks with the Partnership on the key factors that encouraged him to start a business in Downtown St. Petersburg.

February 3, 2021

Headshot of Eve Epstein

Q&A with Eve Epstein

Eve Epstein talks with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership on why she started her business in Downtown St. Pete.

February 1, 2021

Pelican perched in the marina in front of the Downtown St. Petersburg, FL skyline at sunset.

Quotes from Community Leaders

Messages from community leaders including USF, Cushman & Wakefield, and the mayor of St. Petersburg, FL who were featured in the 2020 Dowtown Development Guide.

January 7, 2020

Bob Glaser Headshot

Residential Development - Bob Glaser

In an interview with Bob Glaser, we talk about residential development, St. Pete's offering to prospects & who they are alongside testing the market.

February 7, 2023

Brad Miller Headshot

Movement - Brad Miller

Brad Miller talks movement around downtown, discussing the relationship between housing & transportation, what the SunRunner means for DTSP, & PTSA's role.

February 7, 2023

Tonjua Williams Headshot

Workforce Development - Dr. Tonjua Williams

Dr. Tonjua Williams speaks on Workforce Development in our community, what the future workforce needs and key partners that are ensuring student success.

February 7, 2023

JP DuBuque Headshot

Downtown Workforce - J.P. DuBuque

J.P. DuBuque on major considering factors of corporate relocations, unemployment rates, downtown assets, and what DTSP is to him as part of the workforce.

February 7, 2023

Latasha Barnes Headshot

Health Services - Latasha Barnes

LaTasha Barnes talks Health Services as she discusses the benefits of Bayfront Health, challenges involving health institutions and the exciting collaborations.

February 7, 2023

Tom Frazer Headshot

Marine Sciences - Dr. Tom Frazer

We interviewed Dr. Tom Frazer to discuss the presence of marine science in DTSP, challenges of the Blue Tech Industry, and all about the Center of Excellence.

February 7, 2023

David Fischer Headshot

Leisure & Hospitality - David Fischer

Learn more about David Fischer as we discuss the business of Leisure & Hospitality, retiring in DTSP, industry challenges and the Mari Jean Hotel.

February 7, 2023

Mack Feldman Headshot

Finance & Professional Services - Mack Feldman

Mack Feldman on the benefits of finance and professionals service mixes, commercial office space expectations & the challenges of project development in DTSP.

February 7, 2023

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Entrepreneurship - Alison Barlow

Alison Barlow talks Entrepreneurship in an interview on collaborative spaces, company entrepreneurial benefits & challenges, and the Ark Innovation Center.

February 7, 2023