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St. Pete Innovation District

Six Pillars

The St. Pete Innovation District in St. Petersburg, Florida has established six pillars of effort that align to the target industries identified in the Grow Smarter strategy, as well as, emphasize the critical importance of education and entrepreneurship in our growth.  These are marine science, life science, data and technology, entrepreneurship, art, and education.

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Our Initiatives

Facilitating the formal and informal relationships that have the potential to generate, sharpen and accelerate the advancement of ideas is a key role of the St. Pete Innovation District.   To accomplish this, the District manages a portfolio of initiatives - projects, events, cross-sector working groups - that shift mindsets from competitive to collaborative and promote new discoveries.

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Two students with an instructor exploring STEM related technology at the SPID Science FestivalThe Ocean Team's W.T. Hogarth ship out at sea (Image credit: FIO)A woman with an iPad enjoying the Digital Inclusion program.Students studying a map.

About the SPID

In one of the Southeast United States’ most dynamic waterfront downtowns, the St. Pete Innovation District is the professional home to thousands of scientists, doctors, educators and entrepreneurs working together to make life better.

From the impact of oil spills on marine life to finding a cure for childhood diabetes, researchers in the St. Pete Innovation District tackle tough questions alongside colleagues in a regional marine research hub, two hospitals, a university, a world-renowned media school, a business incubator and several other public and private research organizations.

An aerial view of the SPID

SPID Updates

Latest Blog

St. Pete Youth have interviewed STEAM professionals from our community about their careers. These interview are being released every other Tuesday from September through December 2021. Check out the episodes on the St. Pete Catalyst.

Latest Press

Check out this press coverage about the SPID

The creation of the Florida Flood Hub for Applied Research and Innovation arose from Senate Bill 1954, which the state legislature passed in April. House Speaker Chris Sprowls first announced the priority legislation at a press conference held at USFSP in February. Tom Frazer, dean of the College of Marine Science (CMS), said the broad legislative package included over $600 million in funding for various projects focusing on climate and sea-level resiliency.

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Image Credits from top to bottom: St. Pete Innovation District/Dorian Photography, St. Pete Science Festival, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Seniors in Service, Poynter Institute, St. Pete Innovation District/Dorian Photography