Leadership St Pete Class of 2016 To Raise Funds For Renovation Project at Alpha House

FEBRUARY 18, 2016 I St. Petersburg, FL The Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) Class of 2016 has selected ALPHA House of Pinellas County, Inc. as the beneficiary of this year’s class project. As one of the oldest leadership programs in America and a division of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® and its 501(c)(3) Foundation, LSP is responsible for making a difference in the community by working with a local nonprofit organization to further its goals. The project generally takes the form of a physical facility improvement for the beneficiary organization. Class members provide planning, fundraising and physical labor to execute the project.

“Our LSP classes work hard each year to demonstrate their care, concern and interest in our city. The class projects make a difference to those being served and demonstrates the intense passion our leaders have for making St. Petersburg shine,” said Chris Steinocher, President and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pinellas County’s only residential maternity program, ALPHA House provides housing and supportive services to homeless pregnant women and teens, new mothers with infants, and families experiencing crisis pregnancies. The LSP Class of 2016 agreed this cause strengthens the St. Petersburg community by providing a safe environment for the mothers and children to thrive during these most fragile moments of their lives. Since 1979, ALPHA serves more than 3,000 women, teens and infants annually in their residential and outreach program. Approximately 90 percent of those who have gone through the ALPHA House program made a successful transition into permanent housing and independent living.   

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New Leaders Council- Tampa Bay

Meet NLC Tampa Bay 2016 Fellow Angela Leiner.

Ms. Leiner is a Pinellas County native. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, her Master’s of Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Economics and Social Development from the University of Pittsburgh. She then returned to Pinellas County to attend Stetson University College of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor in 2004.

Ms. Leiner is actively involved in the community, as a member and committee chair of the Junior League of St. Petersburg, the Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and otherwise active in her church and children’s schools. Ms. Leiner is also a founding member of the nonprofit public policy think tank, St. Pete FWD.

Let’s Get Tanked

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.

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