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.”