Rick Kriseman


St. Petersburg, FL

Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Hiring a Small Business Liaison to connect small businesses to resources that can help them grow and cut through red tape

Rick Kriseman was elected Mayor of St. Petersburg in 2013. Before becoming Mayor, he served for 6 years in the Florida House of Representatives and 6 years on the St. Petersburg City Council. St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance during Rick’s service on city council and today is home to a bustling downtown waterfront, a vibrant arts scene, unique local shops and galleries, and revitalized neighborhoods. As Mayor, Rick is focused on growing St. Petersburg’s economy by avoiding high taxes, unreasonable regulations, and burdensome permitting as well as by having a top notch public education system, efficient mass transit, sound infrastructure, and a high quality of life.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared


Too often a lack of communication between small business communities and government has hindered public trust in government’s ability to grow economic progress and solve local businesses’ greatest problems.


Upon taking office, Mayor Kriseman created the position of Small Business Liaison to better connect St. Petersburg's small business community to their government and give them a space to voice their concerns. This Small Business liaison helps facilitate small business tours, which have become a regular part of the Mayor’s schedule and has allowed him to see and learn firsthand the challenges facing St. Petersburg's independent businesses. By creating this partnership between the city of St. Petersburg and the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Kriseman has successfully eliminated barriers to opportunity and is working to restore public trust in city government.