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Current Initiatives

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit
This high-energy event brings together the world’s most respected ocean filmmakers, visual artists, marine scientists, explorers, conservation champions and celebrities for a premiere international ocean event. BLUE leads the way in recognizing the world’s best ocean films and honors remarkable individuals whose achievements are impacting the ocean world.

Technology Fund
Hoping to build on St. Petersburg’s growing attraction for tech start-up companies, the Downtown Partnership has a dedicated technology investment fund to help attract and support such businesses in the city. In exchange for investments, the Partnership receives shares of ownership. Any profits from such investments are then plowed back into the Technology Fund to expand the Partnership’s ability to invest in additional start-up companies located in the city.

Lumastream/St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College and LumaStream have partnered to provide jobs and hands-on manufacturing training in St. Petersburg’s Midtown area. LumaStream, which manufactures intelligent LED lighting systems, is moving a production facility there to create an Advanced Manufacturing Training Center that blends academic learning with real-world manufacturing.

The Cousteau Divers Canterbury Project
Canterbury School of Florida is the first Cousteau Divers School in the world. This grew out of a productive collaboration among the Partnership, Canterbury, SRI, academic partners like USF’s College of Marine Science and the Center for Ocean Technology, non-profits like Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration and Discovery Center, Tampa Bay Watch, the City of St. Petersburg and dozens of marine scientists at Bayboro Harbor.

Digital Mathematics
SunBay Digital Mathematics grew out of a Partnership-initiated collaboration among SRI, USF St. Petersburg, and the Pinellas County School System. This transformational program has been acclaimed by the middle school teachers who are applying it in their classrooms and the test scores from their students that underscore the value of this revolutionary new teaching approach for mathematics.

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