St. Petersburg, FL, United States
As planners, how can we address the challenges of providing affordable housing for local artists and entrepreneurs without gentrifying an area? The Suncoast YPG hosts an afternoon tour of the Venture House, an affordable arts housing project in the heart of South St. Petersburg. This tour will be led by Frank Wells, Founder and President of the Venture House nonprofit, along with Anthony Jones, CEO of Bright Community Trust, and Tracy Kennard, founder of the Warehouse Arts District. Post discussion about this residential development project will occur at Three Daughters Brewery, afterward. Three House Daughters Brewing is located at 222 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.
Tracy Kennard is a founding board member and the former Executive Director of the Warehouse Arts District Association, and also the president and owner of Virtual Footprint, a social media consulting firm. Her work with marketing, working with entrepreneurs, and other community stakeholders helped to shed awareness about the economic ... Read More
Anthony Jones, artist, teacher, quiltmaker, community builder, and social entrepreneur. Currently serving as CEO of Bright Community Trust. Board member of Florida Community Loan Fund and former Vice President of Florida Housing Coalition and Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless. Retired Director of Pinellas County Community Development and the Housing ... Read More
Frank Wells serves as President and CEO of Venture House, in addition to his work as Chief Executive of World Power & Water, a developer of utility-scale renewable energy projects, after a previous career as a conductor and arts executive. Frank is known for his leadership and service in the community: an Eagle Scout at a young age; graduate of Leadership St Pete and Leadership Tampa Bay and current class member of the statewide Wedgworth Leadership Institute; serving in many leadership roles, including Boards as diverse ... Read More