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St. Pete EDC’s ‘Become St. Pete’ effort pivots local in response to Covid-19

Megan Holmes



The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce presents: Coronavirus Impact Insights. 

On this episode of Chamber Coronavirus Impact Insights, J.P. Dubuque, CEO of the St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation (EDC) join Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber and Joe Hamilton, Publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst to discuss the EDC’s Become St. Pete campaign, and how it’s pivoting to help locals.

According to Dubuque, Become St. Pete was originally conceived as an outward-facing economic development campaign to drive young millennial workers and successful companies to relocate to St. Petersburg.

Due to the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the St. Pete EDC has turned its efforts inward. Become St. Pete will now serve as a platform for local hiring businesses to connect their opportunities with local workers affected by the impact of the coronavirus.

Despite what appears to be an imminent recession, Dubuque says there are a number of companies in St. Petersburg that are continuing to hire, including InsideOut Labs. The founder of InsideOut, Chad Nuss, joined the show last week to share more information about the opportunities available at his company. Dubuque says there are jobs available all up and down the skill spectrum.

Become St. Pete, which was a founding campaign of the St. Petersburg EDC, is an opportunity-first website with the mission of attracting talent and jobs to the area. Thanks to the St. Pete EDC’s quick pivot during the crisis, they’re now making jobs that are open and available visible throughout the local community. The EDC is also pushing opportunities out digitally through promoted social media posts. Last week, the EDC’s first local promotion drove 300 click-throughs to InsideOut’s highlighted jobs.

Need a job or have an opportunity to post? Visit http://becomestpete.com/

Need a temporary job to get you through the next few months? Are you a nonprofit that needs manpower? Visit https://stpete.foundation/match/feedtb/

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