The St. Petersburg Maritime and Defense Technology Hub in the Innovation District brings together under one roof the triple helix of innovation: industry, government, and academia.
The STEAM Working Group launched in 2020 with the purpose of addressing STEAM workforce gaps. This collaboration of educational institutions, STEAM program providers and employers are particularly focused on providing youth from communities of color with exposure, access and resources to pursue careers in the Grow Smarter target industries.
The St. Pete Ocean Team, formed in 2009, is comprised of over 20 complementary firms, government entities, and institutions that are located near one another, many in the St. Pete Innovation District. Their purpose is to pool collective staff expertise, infrastructure and research capabilities, as well as build awareness in the community and beyond of the research work conducted.
The Digital Inclusion Working Group is a collaboration of over 30 organizations who are committed to eliminating the digital inclusion gap in St. Pete including internet access, devices, training, and technical support.
The Communications Cohort, formed in 2017, brings together marketing and communications professionals from the District member organizations to envision joint events and collaborate on stories about our innovative people and projects.
The St. Petersburg Science Festival is an annual regional celebration where families and the public can explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
Inclusive St Pete is a partnership forged by The 2020 Plan, the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) and a host of partners to expand supplier diversity efforts in St. Petersburg.
The Master Planning Committee takes a comprehensive look at the places and spaces in and adjacent to the Innovation District. The committee was formed in 2016 and instrumental in the creation of the Innovation District, considered the original strategic vision for the District, as well as the placemaking and streetscape design. As the District has evolved, updates to those efforts include recommendations to allow for pedestrian oriented amenities, neighborhood scale cafes, and expanded use of office space.
Originally called the Ocean and Human Health Working Group and focused on the interconnection of the health of the Gulf of Mexico and other waterways, with the health of our community, particularly children. This effort has expanded to look at several facets of healthcare innovation.
The Smart City effort began in 2019 with the SPID’s admission into the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program. SPID is a test bed for the city, and leads the exploration of smart city technologies and their usefulness to the community. There are currently 4 proof of concept projects underway.