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Mayor Rick Kriseman Launches Entrepreneur-In-Residence Pilot Program, Selects First Liaison

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 1, 2019) - Today, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced the launch of an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EiR) program. The two-year pilot will position one local entrepreneur as a liaison between the city government and the entrepreneurial community and is the first of its kind in Florida. Reuben Pressman, CEO and Founder of Presence, has been selected as the city's first volunteer EiR.

The announcement was made at the 2019 Tampa Bay Rise of the Rest - an event aiming to invest catalytic capital in the most promising seed stage companies located outside of Silicon Valley - among local entrepreneurs, executives and investors.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: "It is an incredible time to be an entrepreneur in St. Petersburg. We have implemented our Grow Smarter strategy, and are seeing amazing growth in every sector. That is why now is the perfect time to implement an innovative program like the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program - to ensure we continue to work closely with our local business leaders and entrepreneurs. My thanks to our Economic Development team for implementing this program, and a special thanks to Reuben Pressman not just for participating in our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, but for being a business leader in the Sunshine City."

The goals of the EiR program are to:

- Build bridges between the local startup/entrepreneurial community and local government

- Empower city government to utilize more innovative, efficient and entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and service delivery

"I am excited to be a champion for entrepreneurs in our community and help promote St. Pete as a top city to build a business,' said Pressman, "as well as engage the city's leaders in innovative conversations that result in furthering St. Pete's superior quality of life."

To learn more about the program, visit www.stpete.org/EIR.          

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