Let’s get tanked: A new St. Pete think tank hopes to help shape the city’s future.
Think tanks are all over the place, operating at city, state and national levels. Some serve as sort of an academic arm to equip decision-makers with good information; among the better known of these are the conservative Heritage Foundation and the more moderate Brookings Institute. The Urban Land Institute, which St. Pete recently enlisted in the creation of its Downtown Waterfront Master Plan, is another. Some consider St. Petersburg’s Poynter Institute for Media Studies (which owns the Tampa Bay Times) a think tank because of how it studies journalism and other aspects of media.
Less common are organizations that zero in on issues specific to a locale, especially in smaller cities like St. Pete.