Workforce Development

The 2020 goal is to help South St. Pete workers increase their earnings. 2020 objectives are to recruit 100 employers willing to target more jobs to community workers, and to support services to help 1,500 unemployed and under-employed people connect to new or higher paying jobs.



To help at least 1,500 unemployed people find employment and connections to new or higher paying jobs, one business at a time.

Partners’ Impact since 2014

  • City creation of a CRA funded workforce collaboration

  • 50+ employer partners recruited to target more jobs

  • Over 1,000 people coached, trained and supported to increase earnings

Impact St. Pete Growing - The Impact St. Pete project (renamed in 2016) received seed funding from Bon Secours Health System in 2015 to begin recruiting employers willing to target more job and contract opportunities to community workers and businesses. The vision gained pace in 2016 and 2017, as former 2020 Executive Director Cory Adler convened and met with 40 employers to ask for their support. Over 30 employers were engaged in projects to promote and connect more opportunities to community workers. In 2018, Impact St. Pete is shifting focus to recruiting employers to target procurement and contracting opportunities to minority-owned firms and community-based enterprises. 

St. Pete Works! – This collaborative of over a dozen partner organizations is working together to recruit and train more unemployed and underemployed workers in South St. Petersburg, with intensive focus on the 7.4-square mile South St. Pete CRA. Funded by the CRA, and led by Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition (PERC), St. Pete Works is funding career skills training and employment readiness and placement services through PERC, the Pinellas County Urban League, Pinellas Opportunity Council, Mt Zion Human Services, The 2020 Plan team, and Pinellas Technical College with support from St. Petersburg College and others.

The Working 1000 Youth Employment Initiative – In 2015, the 2020 Plan helped make history by raising funding and co-creating new youth employment programs that grew the number of youth earning income and experience by 86% (from 228 in 2014 to 424 in 2015). Since then 2020 has raised funds for youth employment and self-employment initiatives such as the 2020 Plan CATCH Lite program, which provided 8 weeks of training and coaching plus seed stipends of up to $2,000 to 15 young entrepreneurs in 2018. 

The 2020 Emerging Leaders Program – In the fall of 2018, the 2020 Plan recruited its first cohort of “Emerging Leader” interns (ages 18 to 21) and fellows (22 to 40) who demonstrate the potential to grow in community leadership. The sixteen youth will be trained and paired with quality work experiences. Over six months, interns and fellows will be supervised to serve as an active force in “live” community advancement initiatives.