Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners honors the 2020 Plan team with a proclamation for dedication to the vision of poverty reduction in South St. Petersburg, an area identified by officials as the largest concentration of poverty in the county. County Commission Chairman Kenneth Welch was the presenter of the ceremonial proclamation, signed by all commissioners. He says there were a number of reasons why the 2020 Plan Taskforce was highlighted.
“We were looking for organizations whose work reflected the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in terms of economic empowerment.”
The congenial ceremony began with an opening prayer by 2020 Core Team Member Pastor Louis Murphy, Sr. of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.
National Bon Secours Network Meeting 2020 was invited to introduce the design of the 2020 Plan to national and local board members from Bon Secours Health System affiliates across eight states in Charleston, South Carolina this February. The convening spotlighted the life-changing impact of Bon Secours’ investments in St. Petersburg through its investments with the Pinellas Opportunity Council’s expert program team.
Chamber creates 2020 board position The St. Petersburg Area Chamber Board of Directors has identified “Diversity and Inclusion” as a foundation block of a healthy and vibrant city economy, and toward that end, recently created an ex-officio position on the board so that the 2020 Plan vision is represented and integrated in economic and workforce development initiatives supported by the Chamber. Occupying the board seat is Cory Adler, Executive Director of the 2020 Plan Taskforce.
South Florida Synergy Symposium 2016 The 2020 Plan was presented to an audience of 120+, South Florida service providers and funders at Synergy Symposium 2016 last October in Miami by 2020 partners. Nikki Gaskin Capehart, Albert Lee, and Gypsy Gallardo shared insights on how collectivism is speeding results for South St. Petersburg. Since then, Miami-Dade County’s Equity & Advocacy Collective has forged a plan to replicate 2020 across three County districts
2020 recognized by City officials
In addition to year-round work toward the goal of poverty reduction, Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin and Urban Affairs Director Nikki Gaskin-Capehart (pictured above) recognized 2020’s early successes at three public occasions, including the State of the City 2016 address.
South Florida Synergy Symposium 2016 The 2020 Plan was presented to an audience of 120+, South Florida service providers and funders at Synergy Symposium 2016 last October in Miami by 2020 partners.