In our continued proactive efforts to always support more and get involved with more community endeavors, we were glad to take part in and sponsor the second annual “Engage St Pete.”
Held April 29 at the Museum of Fine Arts, the second annual event is an opportunity to introduce ambitious, civically interested, and fresh-thinking professionals with individuals and organizations that make things happen in St. Petersburg.
Engage creates new connections, facilitates conversations, fosters ideas, and plants seeds to help support the continued momentum of the community. Aimed at leaders and future leaders, around 500 attended.
Highlights included a keynote from locally based national author Peter Kageyama and breakout discussions covering: Development, Transportation, the Waterfront, the Arts, and civic Activism. Session panelists included St. Pete residents, entrepreneurs, innovators, civic doers, corporate disruptors, and general thought-leaders across a range of fields and industries.
Metro’s Bekah Rush served on this year’s planning committee. “When I first found out about this and met the people that pull this thing together, it was a no-brainer,” said Rush. “We get a notable group of today’s leaders and tomorrow’s leaders in the same room, to make connections and to talk about opportunities to help each other within our community – that’s fantastic.”
“This is exactly what RE/MAX Metro wants to be doing,” said Metro’s Marcus Martin, an original booster of the program. “We have such a cool and interesting commingling of perspectives and generations here – it’s part of our uniqueness – and this annual event embodies that vibe.”
Among several business and community leaders serving as panelists, Metro’s David Vann served as a panelist for the Development breakout session. Vann joined City Councilman Karl Nurse and Edwards Group president Mark Stroud in talking about: trends and happenings in the local market, recent and upcoming development/construction, people that took good gambles on developments, industries that make the biggest impact in the area, parts of town that need more love, who’s looking for what sorts of properties and where - and what we need more of to meet upcoming needs, residentially and commercially.
Follow the Engage St. Pete Facebook page for examples of results and actions that are spurred by the event and that further its mission. As just one example, look for such follow-up events as the communitywide creation of a mobile mural, supported in part by a grant from the City. The public will be invited to add to the mural, which will travel to events throughout the year, starting at the Museum o