Friday, April 18th, 2014

2012 Annual Celebration Honoree – Bill Foster

Bill Foster – Mayor Of St. Petersburg

Bill Foster is a fourth generation native of St. Petersburg who dreamed one day of being mayor of this great city. His dream was realized on November 2, 2009 when he was elected to lead Florida’s fourth largest city.

Charting a course of the “Seven S’s for City Success,” he leads his staff to ensure the long-term economic vitality of St. Petersburg, safety and quality of life for its citizens, while promoting the city as a recognized destination and while offering a high level of customer service.

His Seven S’s affect every decision and direction embarked upon by Mayor Foster and his administration:

SEAMLESSNESS – Ensuring that all neighborhoods are inviting and open to everyone while preserving unique characteristics and history;

SAFETY – Understanding that safety is the first expectation of every citizen in St. Petersburg and enlisting the support of all city employees and other work crews in the community to keep their eyes on crime;

SUSTAINABILITY – Focusing on the city’s longterm viability and building on environmental strides that made St. Petersburg Florida’s first Green City;

SMALL BUSINESS – Nurturing the small businesses in our city that are the cornerstone of the city’s economy;

SCHOOLS – Recognizing that children are our future and harnessing city and community resources to support our schools;

SERVICE – Making customer service the number one priority of all city employees and

SPORTS, ARTS & CULTURE – Providing an unparalleled quality of life for citizens and visitors to enjoy, celebrating the city as America’s #1 Arts Destination, and home to sporting events such as the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, American League East Champion Rays, and a new St. Petersburg International Baseball Program created by the mayor.

Before serving as Mayor, Bill Foster spent nine years on St. Petersburg City Council, and was Council Chairman for two years. He led a community effort to preserve Sunken Gardens as a city-owned botanical attraction. Over the years, his public and community service has led to positions on the Pinellas County Tourism Development Council, the Pinellas Planning Council, the Florida International Museum, the Suncoasters, the Pinellas Planning Council, Junior League Advisory Board, St. Petersburg History Museum and more.

An attorney with Foster and Foster by profession, he graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and was a Northeast High School graduate of the Class of 1981. He is married to Wendy Holt Foster, and together they have two teenage children.