A New Deal for St. Pete

PRESERVER OUR COMMUNITIES

  • No more displacement of residents through gentrification.
  • Greatly expand affordable housing and land trusts.
  • Make the heart of all economic development designed to bring capital into our communities, not extract the capital that exists.
  • Provide support for community led plan for economic development and growth.

EXPAND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Convene a conference between the City, light industry and manufacturing, urban agriculture proponents, green job creators, and unions and community groups at the Pinellas Technical College to coordinate workplace development, succession and apprenticeship programs. Target economically distressed areas of the City for recruitment.
  • Design and implement early education and mentorship programs in conjunction with City rec centers.

BUILD COMMUNITY WEALTH

  • Develop Financial Empowerment Centers which assist residents in building their wealth through financial literacy, credit repair, fiscal planning and provide the opportunity through local financial institutions for low interest micro loans. Put the payday lenders out of business.
  • Coordinate and assist in community and worker owned cooperatives, beginning with a community owned grocery co-op on the South Side.

MAKE ST. PETE A LIVING WAGE CITY

  • Pass a living wage ordinance with wages moving to $15 an hour over a short period of time for City contractors, temporary employees and part timers.
  • Require that developers sign community benefit agreements within the City of St Pete with community organizations and institutions where development occurs, around wages and services to be provided to the community in question.
  • Work towards restorative justice for all by banning the box on employment forms.