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Inside St. Pete

Friday, May 31, 2024 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM) (EDT)


Inside St. Pete is a one-day welcome to newcomers and long-time residents looking for a deeper discovery of St. Pete. On this multi-stop tour, attendees will get an exclusive view of our city's history, current events, and institutions. The program is hosted by the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Sponsorships available! 


8:15 am - 9:15 am | Breakfast at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's waterfront campus with a welcome introduction from:

  • Chris Steinocher - President & CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Ken Welch - City of St. Petersburg
  • Chancellor Christian Hardigree - University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • Jason Spears - 2024 St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Chairman & President/CEO Peninsular Mechanical Contractors
  • Allison McKown - Foley & Lardner (Event Supporting Sponsor)

9:15 am - 10:15 am | Overview of St. Pete History with Rui Farias - Executive Director, St. Pete History Museum

10:15am - 10:45am | St. Pete by the Numbers with:

  • Mike Swesey - CEO, Economic Development Corporation
  • Caleb Peterson - Senior Business Development Manager, Visit St. Pete Clearwater

11 am - 12:15 pm | Panel on Key Issues in St. Pete with:

  • Jay Miller - President, J Square Developers
  • Whit Blanton - Executive Director, Forward Pinellas
  • Liz Abernethy - Director of Planning and Development Services, City of St. Petersburg
  • Jason Mathis - CEO, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership
  • Brandi Gabbard - City Council Member to moderate

12:30 pm | Lunch at Maritime & Defense Technology Hub with:

  • Gina Driscoll - City Council Member
  • Rich Lesniak - Manager, Albert Whitted Airport
  • Dave Wirth - Planning Manager, Enterprise Facilities

1:15 pm | Maritime and Defense Technology Hub tour with Alison Barlow - Executive Director, St. Pete Innovation District

2:15 pm | Tropicana Field at the Budweiser Porch with:

  • Brian Auld - Co-President, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Alex Shapiera - Director / Project Manager, Hines 
  • Patrick Abts - Vice President, Tampa Bay Rays

3:15 pm | Tour of the Deuces 

3:45 pm | Imagine Museum tour & panel with:

  • Terry Marks - CEO, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance
  • David Flatt - Executive Director, Imagine Museum
  • Duncan McClellan - Glass Artist and Gallery Owner, Duncan McClellan Gallery

5:15 pm | Happy hour and networking 

Sponsored By:

Thank you to our venue hosts! 


Thank you to our food and beverage sponsors! 

Refund Policy: Full Refunds will be given 60+ days out, 50% refunds will be given 30-60 days out, no refunds will be given within 30 days of the event.

Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
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Cristi Livingston
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Friday, May 31, 2024 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM) (EDT)
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