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.


Housing affordability and housing stock is a challenge in my city, and it is denying individuals and families a chance to live the St. Pete and American Dream. Thoughtful, comprehensive housing strategies don’t get created on the fly. There are no quick fixes or shortcuts or silver bullets. It’s hard work. It’s a complex challenge, one that is plaguing cities across the nation. We have a solution.


Our plan, if not the many details, is simple: Housing for all, from all. For those who earn up to 120% of Area Median Income: Create, preserve 2,400 multi-family units, support the development of 200 non-subsidized
Workforce Density Bonus Units, Include mixed-income developments on City-owned land to increase the supply of multi-family units, support the construction of 300 accessory dwelling units, enable the purchase of 500 single-family homes for households earning 120% of the AMI or below, provide 150 single-family lots for construction of new
affordable homes, enable more than 3,200 single-family homeowners to stay in their homes by remedying code violations through available grants and additional City funding.