Pinellas by Design
Pinellas by Design

2017 Economic Leadership Symposium

On April 20-21, leaders from throughout Pinellas County gathered to discuss the future of Pinellas County and the economy at the 2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium. The event continued the dialogue begun at the 2014 Symposium and by Pinellas by Design. Attendees were updated on the progress of the economy and planning efforts. Site Selection Group unveiled the Pinellas Competitive Study - Compete Now. Speakers guided the audience in exploring best practices and practical solutions from communities around the nation. A list of presentations given at the symposium is posted below, with links to available slideshows, videos, documents, and relevant websites.

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2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium

Symposium Day 1 | 04/20/2017

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Janet Long, Pinellas County Commission Chair

Mark Strickland, St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Provost


9:10 a.m. Pinellas By Design and the 2014 Symposium Video

Pinellas by Design is the economic and redevelopment plan approved over a decade ago. See a video recap of the 2014 Symposium Keynote Address.

Karen Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner


9:30 a.m. Forward Pinellas - Adapt, Build, Connect

Framing the county's redevelopment challenges and opportunities.

Whit Blanton, Forward Pinellas Executive Director

Video | Slideshow | Website

10:00 a.m. Citizen Centered Gainesville: Designed With You...For You!

Citizen-centered design reimagines local government relationships and processes by placing the people it serves at the center of all that it does

Bob Woods, City of Gainesville Communications & Marketing Manager

Video | Slideshow

11:00 a.m. Pinellas' Competitiveness Study

Find out the key issues driving corporate relocations and expansions and what that means for Pinellas County.

Josh Bays, Site Selection Group
Chris Schwinden, Site Selection Group

Video | Slideshow

12:00 p.m. Special Guest: Congressman
Charlie Crist


1:30 p.m. Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities

The former Mayor of Pittsburgh offers insights on what drives investment and innovation to ensure long-lasting commitment for revitalization.

Tom Murphy, ULI Senior Resident Fellow Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development

Video | Slideshow

2:45 p.m. Workforce Panel - Preparing for the Future | Video

  • K-12 Career Academies, AMSkills and Pinellas Technical College

    Mark Hunt, Pinellas Technical College | Slideshow

  • St. Petersburg College's degrees, internships and apprenticeships

    Dr. Jason Krupp, St. Petersburg College | Slideshow

  • USF St. Petersburg's College of Business, entrepreneurial support and internships.

    Dr. Sri Sundaram, University of South Florida St. Petersburg | Slideshow

  • USF Marine Science, Innovation District, Ocean Team, graduate education and research, National Academy of Inventors, NSF I-Corps

    Dr. Cliff Merz, University of South Florida/College of Marine Science, Commissioner City of Safety Harbor | Slideshow

Symposium Day 2 | 04/21/2017

9:15 a.m. Retrofitting Suburbia

The co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia explains how existing suburban developments can be redesigned into more sustainable places, absorb growth and evolve in relation to changing demographic, technological, and economic conditions.

June Williamson, Architect/Faculty Member, City College of New York, and Coauthor of Retrofitting Suburbia

Video | Slideshow | Website

10:30 a.m. Going from Challenge to Opportunity - Tools and Strategies | Video

  • Landfills to Golf Courses

    Frank Hearne, Mechanik, Nuccio, Hearne & Wester, P.A. | Slideshow

  • Revitalizing Commercial Corridors

    Tom Lavash, WTL +a | Slideshow

  • Land Assembly Altamonte Springs

    Frank Martz, Altamonte Springs City Manager | Slideshow

11:35 a.m. Engaging your Community

The Imagining Livability Design collection was published by AARP and the WALC Institute and offers tools for creating more livable communities. Learn how leaders can better engage community members to create great environments and programming to support active lifestyles.

Video | Slideshow | Website

12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Whit Blanton, Forward Pinellas Executive Director