EDGE Central, led by four veteran real estate entrepreneurs, plans a mixed-use project that will dramatically expand office space and parking in the downtown area, answering two of the biggest challenges the city has faced in attracting and retaining businesses.
In early November, a new partnership was launched to expand supplier diversity efforts in St. Petersburg. Cities like Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Tallahassee have strong supplier diversity and inclusion programs among both government agencies and corporations, said Gypsy Gallardo of Power Broker Magazine, The 2020 Plan and One Community Plan. Those programs have been missing in St. Petersburg – until the launch of Inclusive St. Pete.
Steven Fage is a robotics engineer turned entrepreneur. In 2010, he gave up a life as programming industrial robots, sold everything, and moved to Tampa to study Entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida.
A once-blighted neighborhood attracts artists, breweries and innovative entrepreneurs looking for cheap rent. The energy that is generated from a concentration of hip and creative folks attracts increasingly upscale businesses like restaurants, galleries, boutiques and high-end housing. Eventually, rents rise, and many of the quirky businesses who helped to make the neighborhood attractive in the first place get priced out.