Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM EDT

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St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus
9200 113th Street
Seminole, FL 33772

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Pinellas County Economic Development

2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium 

2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium
  • The Pinellas County Competitiveness Study: Josh Bays and Chris Schwinden of Site Selection Group will present a custom analysis of our community's competitiveness in retaining and attracting growing businesses. This report will help us improve our community's  performance in the site selection process, focus our efforts to attract the most compatible projects and provide us pragmatic solutions to encourage new business investment in the Pinellas County. 
  • Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities: Tom Murphy, a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute and a former mayor of Pittsburgh, will offer his insights on what drives investment and innovation to ensure a long term commitment to revitalization.
  • Retrofitting Suburbia:  June Williamson is co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia,  a celebrated architect and a member of the faculty at the City University of New York. She will explain how existing suburban developments can be redesigned into more sustainable places, absorb growth and evolve in relation to changing demographic, technological and economic conditions.
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Thursday, April 20,  8:30 a.m. - breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - symposium
12:00 p.m. lunch 

Friday, April 21,  8:30 a.m. -breakfast
9:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  - symposium

Key objectives of this symposium:  Bring together community and policy leaders to inform and inspire interest, understanding and action to build collective momentum and jump start the creativity required to envision and implement a higherquality economic course for our community.

The varied and complex dimensions of today’s economic landscape require us to be innovative, looking beyond our individual boundaries and traditional templates for solutions. We must identify and capitalize on new collaborations and concepts, leveraging them for local, regional and even global advantage.

This realization inspired Pinellas County to host the Economic Innovation and Leadership Symposium in late 2014. The 200+ attendees came away with a detailed understanding of the role of primary employers and the critical importance of maintaining land to accommodate them, in the context of a turbulent decade that saw the supply of both erode. The participants were immersed in theory and practice of modern urban planning, historic preservation, land development codes, and tools such as GIS, workforce training and economic development programs. They also saw and heard about local development issues and regional collaborations, and the critical need for a land assembly program.

The 2017 Symposium, hosted by Pinellas County Economic Development, the Pinellas County Planning Department, and Forward Pinellas, is an opportunity to continue the dialogue by examining practical strategies for refining our land use, transportation and economic development strategies to better position our county and region for sustained economic opportunity.

We will discuss the latest economic, market, and redevelopment trends, and consider solutions to the unique challenges that communities face in redeveloping. The symposium will examine redevelopment concepts and tools that encourage quality development and employment projects, and the leadership and collaboration needed to achieve a better, more sustainable economic future.

Special thanks to the St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions