Rick Kriseman rolls out plans to “create jobs and save taxpayers money”

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With one month left in the St. Petersburg mayoral election, frontrunner Rick Kriseman unveiled his ‘Plan for a Better St. Petersburg’ this morning.

Delivering his remarks at a news conference in the City’s Seminole Park, Kriseman focused on reducing waste in government to save money, creating jobs, improving St. Petersburg neighborhoods, and keeping residents and visitors safe.

“In the mayor’s office, we need some new energy, new ideas and a new vision that will save more tax money and create more jobs,” said Kriseman.

Kriseman pledged to put in place a program he would call StPeteStat, which is modeled after the CitiStat model of statistics-driven accountability standards for governing.

He pointed to cities like Baltimore, Chicago, and Syracuse, which have saved millions of dollars using a similar program.

Kriseman also pledged to reinvest those savings into economic development initiatives that will create jobs in St. Petersburg’s marine science industry.

“For too long, our port has been underutilized and underappreciated,” he said. “I envision it being the premier research vessel hub for the entire Gulf Coast.”

Throughout the speech, Kriseman focused on missed opportunities under Bill Foster’s administration, asserting that St. Petersburg has yet to tap into its potential.

“This is a great city,” he said. “But it can be even better.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.