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St. Pete hires "dealmaker" to boost neighborhood economic development



Shortly after the city hired Alan DeLisle to lure the big corporate prizes to St. Petersburg, he made the case that the city needed someone who would be focused on smaller, more local projects to keep the economic renaissance humming.

 A "dealmaker," if you will, who could reel the small and medium sized businesses into the city while DeLisle worked the trophy aisle.  

On Tuesday, the city's economic development administrator got his wish as Shaun Amarnani, a Tampa assistant city attorney with a real estate background, was hired to fill that slot.

Amarnani, 34, will make $85,000 a year as the city's neighborhood economic development coordinator. 

 “We needed someone working key, catalytic, job-creating projects in the heart of our communities on an everyday basis. We have hired someone with the right skill set to help us get these neighborhood economic development projects accomplished," DeLisle said in a news release.

That same release was careful to point out that Amarnani might have worked for the rival across the bay, but he lives in St. Petersburg. 

Before working for Tampa, Amarnani was briefly a land use and governmental attorney for Hernando County. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as a commerical real estate loan investment analyst and asset manager.


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 4:58pm]


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