St. Pete's Reverse Trade Show Creates Positive Economic Environment

Business owners will have an opportunity to rub elbows and do business with the City of St. Petersburg on Friday, May 7, 2010.

The reverse trade show will allow local business owners to meet representatives from 20 city departments who are responsible for purchasing materials and services. The purchases from the City of St. Petersburg for these materials and services is valued at more than $250 million annually.

"The trade show gives the city and local business owners an opportunity to get acquainted and educated about what each has to offer and creates a positive economic environment. Cultivating those local relationships and keeping commerce at home is a win-win for everyone," says Mayor Bill Foster.

Participating departments include water resources, sanitation, parks and recreation, the Port of St. Petersburg, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, real estate and property management, and more.

Louis Moore, purchasing director for the City of St. Petersburg says that the city not only purchases the typical services and products like office supplies and computers, but also uncommon items. For instance, butterflies for Sunken Gardens, dead rodents for a birds of prey exhibit and a professional hacker who tests the security of the city's online network.

The Reverse Trade Show
will be held at the historic Coliseum at 535 Fourth Avenue N. from 10am-2pm. For more information on current bid opportunities, click here.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Louis Moore, City of St. Petersburg
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