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St. Pete to host mayors’ entrepreneurship conference next year

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The City of St. Petersburg has been chosen to host the 2016 Ewing Marion Kauffman Mayors’ Conference on Entrepreneurship next year. The news comes as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman prepares to head home from this year’s conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

“This conference will showcase the Sunshine City to mayors and visitors from across the country,” Kriseman said. “They will see up close that St. Petersburg is a city of opportunity for entrepreneurs, a place where dreamers can become doers.”

The conference convenes mayors from cities across the U.S. to join with national entrepreneurship experts. During the conference, the experts discuss best practices aimed at promoting startups and ways to boost entrepreneurship.

“One of the great things about holding the Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship in a new city each year is that mayors get to experience and learn about what different host cities are doing to support new business creation and growth,” said Jason Wiens, policy director at the Kauffman Foundation. “The Kauffman Foundation is excited to partner with Mayor Rick Kriseman to bring the Mayors Conference to St. Petersburg next year.”

Other cities that have hosted the conference include Louisville, Ky., and Kansas City, Mo.

The fourth annual conference next year is set for December 1-2.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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