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The Public Policy Council is responsible with the task of monitoring legislative issues at all levels of government.  The Advocacy Manager, along with the St. Petersburg Chamber, creates local, state and federal advocacy agendas that address legislative issues that have an effect on the business community. Stay in contact with elected officials and decision makers. We'll keep you informed of relevant issues and events through our newsletter, and committee and council meetings. For more information, contact Travis Norton at 727-388-0682 or tnorton@stpete.com.  

 Public Policy Task Force Committees

The Public Policy Council, operates effectively only through a well-developed Task Force committee system. 

Transportation 
A robust regional transportation system is essential for economic growth. The mission of the Transportation Task Force is to develop, coordinate, and promote regional transportation strategies and proposals-or state or federal transportation proposals with the potential for regional impact-which effectively utilize public resources, support commerce, and facilitate economic development.
Chair: Jim Dickson, Adams and Reese LLP  Co-Chair: Ben Diamond, Williamson, Diamond & Caton
The Transportation Task Force meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. All Chamber members are welcome to join.

Downtown Waterfront Master Plan
The St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront is the City’s greatest physical asset. The Downtown Waterfront Task Force is focused on establishing a master plan for the City’s entire downtown waterfront from Coffee Pot Park to Lassing Park, which will provide the framework of guiding principles for future decision making. The Downtown Waterfront Task Force is continually searching for bright ideas from experts in their respective fields to provide input in the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.
Chair: Ross Preville, St. Pete Wealth Management Group of Raymond James
The Downtown Waterfront Task Force meets as needed. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 1st at 12:00 PM in the Chamber Board Room.All Chamber members are welcome to join. 
Pier
The St. Petersburg Pier is one of the most iconic structures ins Pinellas County and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce supports having a positive community process for the future development of the pier. Members looking to participate in the development of the Pier can join the St. Pete Pier Task force.
Chair: Ed Montanari, American Airlines
The Pier Task Force will meets as needed. All Chamber members are welcome to join.
Diversity and Inclusiveness
The St. Petersburg Chamber values diversity and equality as core fundamentals of a healthy and vibrant community. Utilizing the skills, ideas and perspectives of a diverse workforce will make St. Petersburg a better and more lucrative city to work and live in, and is key to sustaining our continued economic growth.  
Chair: Nicholas Kouris, Florida Blue
The Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm. All Chamber members are welcome to join.
Legislative
The St. Petersburg Chamber's legislative and policy priorities are developed by its Legislative Task Force.  The Legislative Agenda is published annually, the agenda articulates the underlying principles that shape Chamber public policy statements and determine our legislative priorities.
Chair: Lee Greene
The Legislative Task Force meets as planned and during the Florida Legislative Session – March 4, 2014 – May 2, 2014.  All Chamber members are welcome to join.

Some of the issues that the council is currently looking at includes:

  • St. Petersburg Pier Redevelopment
  • Sign Ordinance
  • Waterfront Master Plan
  • Legislative Committee
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Food Trucks
  • Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • Land Development regulations (LDRs)

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