From Bay News 9 reporter Holly Gregory's report, Foster, Kriseman grapple over St. Pete economy in first debate:
"Panelists asked them about their thoughts on offering incentives to small business owners.
We ought to be looking for things we can do to make it easier, and if it’s incentivizing," Kriseman said. "(Want them to) to come here, open up and survive.”Foster had a different answer.
I don't favor using general ad valorem fund dollars to give any types of credits to small businesses, the taxpayer dollars,” he said.
The complete report can be seen on Bay News 9's website, BayNews9.com.
Link to video with clips from the debate.
St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.