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St. Petersburg to host mayor's conference in 2016



Mayor Rick Kriseman returned today from a three-day conference in Albuquerque after mingling with dozens of mayors from around the country to discuss how cities can foster entrepreneurship.

Next year, Kriseman won't have to get on a plane to New Mexico. St. Petersburg will host the conference in 2016 in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Kriseman said the conference, which might be attended by up to 100 mayors, would be a showcase for the Sunshine City.

"They will see up close that St. Petersburg is a city of opportunity for entrepreneurs, a place where dreamers can become doers," he said in a statement.

The fourth annual conference will be held December 1-2, 2016. Previous host cities include Kansas City, Mo., Louisville, KY.

The Kauffman Foundation will cover most of the costs, said Kriseman's spokesman Ben Kirby. But, he added, "we intend to be great hosts."

No specific cost estimates for St. Petersburg taxpayers were available Friday, Kirby said.

The conference is held in a different city each year in collaboration with that city's mayor.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2015 5:54pm]


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