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City of St. Petersburg to Renew Focus on Community Workforce Development

Department of Economic & Workforce Development created to emphasize the connection between economic development and workforce development;
Sophia Sorolis named as Director, Rick Smith named as Manager

St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 10, 2018) – The City of St. Petersburg’s City Development Administration has reorganized to create a new Economic and Workforce Development Department.

Sophia Sorolis has been named Director and Rick Smith has been named Manager of the department, reporting to Alan DeLisle, City Development Administrator.  Ms. Sorolis has worked for the City for 31 years and served as the Economic Development Manager for 11 years. Mr. Smith has worked for the City for 18 years and served as a Planner III/CRA Coordinator for 14 years.

“These promotions illustrate the promise of the next chapter for St. Pete’s Eco Dev team. Community workforce development that advances our goals for inclusive prosperity will be at the forefront of every project. The expertise and proven experience of Sophia and others on her team will carry our city’s development success far into the future” said Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin.

The department will focus on neighborhood and downtown real estate development, small business entrepreneurial development, business retention, expansion and workforce development.

“The idea is a simple one.” said Alan DeLisle. “It is designed to transform this team from mainly a planning emphasis to a hard-hitting economic development function. I will be asking Ms. Sorolis and the team to identify job creating opportunities and to put in place strong public-private partnerships.”

For more information about the Department’s new and ongoing projects, visit

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