The Future of Cities

february, 2023

22feb9:00 am10:20 amThe Future of Cities


(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 10:20 am


USF Student Center

200 6th Ave S

Event Details

Panel Discussion moderated by Peter Schorsch

Speakers for this event

  • Mark Aeling

    Mark Aeling

    Sculptor Mark Aeling earned his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Washington University, St Louis in 1993. Mark opened MGA Sculpture Studio, LLC in St Louis, MO in 1996 and relocated to St. Petersburg, FL in 2005. MGA has focused on Public Art and Private Development Commissions that are located throughout the united states. Mark’s sculpture is inspired by object and focuses on the deeper conceptualization of form. He works in a variety of materials and uses many techniques for his creative process. Mark is also an arts advocate and the Board Chair for the Warehouse Arts District Association, a not for profit organization in St Petersburg, FL.

  • Peter Kageyama

    Peter Kageyama

    Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places, the follow ups, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places and, The Emotional Infrastructure of Places. In 2021, he released For the Love of Cities REVISITED, a revised and updated version of the award winning book. Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders and a special advisor to America In Bloom. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’ He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.

  • Peter Schorsch

    Peter Schorsch

    Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises Media and the publisher and executive editor of, INFLUENCE Magazine, and a suite of email newsletters, including “Sunburn,” the morning must-read of what’s hot in Florida politics. For several years, The Washington Post ranked Peter's original website as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing work, Peter is a political consultant to numerous elected officials, as well as some of the state’s largest companies, governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

  • Rick Kriseman

    Rick Kriseman

    Rick Kriseman was sworn in as the 53rd mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida on January 2, 2014, ushering in a new era for the Sunshine City. He was re-elected in November 2017. As mayor, he leads an organization of 3,500 employees and a city of approximately 270,000 residents. Under his leadership, St. Pete has been ranked as Florida’s best-managed and fiscally strongest city and has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the top places to visit in the world by the New York Times and one of the 20 best places to live by Southern Living. In his first term, Mayor Kriseman delivered on his promise to build a new pier and police station, establish community-oriented policing, implement curbside recycling, and elevate St. Pete’s profile in the world. His work to prepare St. Pete for a changing climate, transition the city to 100 percent clean energy, and expand and preserve green space has continued into his second term. In 2019, the global network ‘Apolitical’ named Mayor Kriseman one of the world’s 100 most influential climate policy leaders. He was subsequently asked to lead the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Environment Standing Committee. A proponent of alternative transportation, Mayor Kriseman spearheaded the Cross Bay Ferry and worked with the St. Petersburg City Council to adopt a Complete Streets policy, implement the city’s bike share program, and introduce Bus Rapid Transit to the Sunshine City. Mayor Kriseman’s top priority – to provide more opportunity for residents through training, employment, higher wages, grants, and second chances – helped to reduce St. Pete’s African-American poverty to an all-time low. And, inspired by former President Barack Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative, Mayor Kriseman launched ‘My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper’ to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men and women of color and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Programs under the MBSK umbrella, such as the Cohort of Champions and the anti-gun violence ‘Not My Son’ campaign, have made St. Pete a better and safer place. A pro-growth progressive, Mayor Kriseman has been a champion for small business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and our main streets, while ensuring the continued success for our largest employers. Prior to becoming mayor, Rick Kriseman served for six years in the Florida House of Representatives and as his caucus's policy chairman from 2011-2012. From 2000-2006, he represented District 1 on the St. Petersburg City Council and served as the council chairman in 2005. Mayor Kriseman earned a B.S. in broadcasting from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law. He is married to Kerry, a St. Petersburg native, and they have two children, Jordan and Samuel.

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