Building and expanding partnerships is key to future success of Lealman Exchange

Despite ongoing efforts from established nonprofits, poverty, crime and unemployment continue to be pervasive challenges for residents in the Lealman Community. Now, according to a strategic plan presented at Thursday’s Pinellas County Commission meeting on the Lealman Exchange, it’s time to find ways to leverage the strengths of existing community partners while recruiting new onesContinue reading

Startup City: Six steps to a healthier startup ecosystem in St. Petersburg

This is a series of perspectives from local leaders who support startup businesses and social ventures, or who have started one themselves. Each is invited to envision what a world-class startup ecosystem would look like in St. Petersburg and to share their ideas for how we get there. Successful communities have certain attributes that putContinue reading

St Pete Catalyst minting commemorative NFTs for early investors

Our next growth phase will be transformative as we evolve the Catalyst from a news media entity to a metacity platform that provides tools and incentives to inspire all St Pete citizens to participate. Said another way, we want to provide the ‘picks and shovels’ to unearth the gems of creativity, insight and innovation asContinue reading

St. Petersburg Group gifts pier domain name to the City

Over the last few years as the new 26-acre pier district took shape, various individuals and businesses snapped up the relevant domain names for the St Pete icon. Ultimately the City was unable to access the most desirable domain names. The official site became  Understanding the value of the right domain name in digitalContinue reading

Cohen, Feldman join Downtown Partnership board

St. Petersburg Group co-founder Irv Cohen and commercial real estate developer Mack Feldman have been added to the Board of Directors of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, the private, nonprofit corporation focused on promoting urban growth and redevelopment. Cohen is also a Managing Director of Innovations Capital Group, a Managing Director of Southeast Capital GroupContinue reading

The Deuces Live wins competitive NEA grant

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (June 19, 2020) — The Deuces Live, a Florida-certified Main Street, has been awarded a prestigious Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will help fund cultural programming and aesthetic upgrades to the historic Deuces neighborhood of 22nd St. in South St. Petersburg. The Deuces Live wasContinue reading

Hamilton becomes a Friend of Wave

St. Petersburg Group CEO Joe Hamilton has become a member of Friends of Wave, the local business collective that supports the mission of the Tampa Bay Wave. Says Hamilton, who also publishes the St. Pete Catalyst:  ” I believe in the mission of Tampa Bay Wave. For years they have lead the way in enabling andContinue reading

Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin: Podcast will be ‘a place for authentic exchange’

 Bill DeYoung Dr. Kanika Tomalin says her podcast will cover “Everything that comprises the culture and our way of life in St. Pete. Our many assets and amenities. Certainly the those things that we’re fortunate to steward, as the City, but also just everything that creates the character and culture of this special place thatContinue reading

St. Pete Catalyst, Tampa Bay Business & Wealth collaboration highlighting startups changes the story for Tampa Bay

Economic development is more than real estate plays and financial incentives. It’s also about telling the story and creating a brand around a location. That’s why two St. Petersburg publishers say their media outlets are serving as economic development engines for the Tampa Bay region. Starting May 1, Tampa Bay Business & Wealth, a monthly magazine directContinue reading

SPG launches new MLK Day Parade website

In collaboration with MLK Dream Big organizers, The St. Petersburg Group launched a new website for the nation’s longest running parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The SPG designed and built St. Petersburg’s MLK Day Parade website pro bono. Visit the site here: