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Inside St. Pete

Friday, December 1, 2023 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM) (EST)


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 - USFSP
  • Jason Jensen - 2023 St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Chairman & President/CEO of Wannemacher Jensen Architects
  • Sheron Brown - 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
  • Brad Miller - CEO, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  • Liz Abernethy, Director of Planning and Development Services, City of St. Petersburg
  • Jason Mathis, CEO, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership
  • Kevin Hendrick, Associate Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools
  • Brandi Gabbard, City Council Chair to moderate

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

  • 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
  • Melanie Lenz - Chief Development Officer, Tampa Bay Rays

3:15 pm | Tour of the Deuces moderated by Veatrice Farrell - Director, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

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 | Bayboro Brewery 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

Event schedule and details coming soon!

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Cristi Livingston
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Friday, December 1, 2023 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM) (EST)
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Leadership St. Pete
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