Full House at the LumaStream Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Last Friday was the LumaStream Grand Opening celebration. We had a great time hosting and we were so happy to see so many come out and support this endeavor! If you weren’t able to make it, here’s a rundown of the event along with a few photos snapped throughout the day.
We opened our doors at 1:00pm and we even had a few visitors who made their way in earlier. Eric Higgs gave the first tour of the day at 1:00pm, and we didn’t stop all day long.
Visitors were taken through the shop and had the chance to do some hands on interactive demonstrations.
Friend and local dignitary Alex Sink visited and discussed new opportunities for growth and outreach with Florida’s business community.
Later in the afternoon, Mayor Rick Kriseman, SPC President Dr. William Law, and LumaStream CEO Eric Higgs, spoke to the full-house crowd outside the doors of LumaStream headquarters.
CEO Eric Higgs spoke about LumaStream’s partnerships with the city of St. Pete and St. Pete College. He shared his enthusiasm about growing business beyond the city of St. Petersburg, and the impact this growth might have on the city of St. Petersburg, and the Midtown area. He also welcomed investors to join us and share in our success.
Mayor Kriseman welcomed LumaStream to Midtown, and discussed the ways the St. Petersburg “Enterprise Zone” program is producing positive results for the local economy. From 1999-2012, the city’s investment in Midtown is over 200 million dollars. Now bustling with art spaces, locally owned restaurants, local markets like Deuces Live, St. Pete brewed craft beer like our neighbors 3 Daughters, and manufacturing spaces like LumaStream, Midtown is ready for her close up. You can learn more about St. Pete’s Enterprise Zone at www.stpeteshines.com.
St. Pete College President, Dr. Law, discussed the partnership that has been created between the college and LumaStream. He and CEO Eric Higgs worked together to design a program that would provide true hands-on training for those seeking manufacturing jobs. As companies begin “in-sourcing” jobs back to the US, there has been a shortage of skilled workers to take these new jobs. The SPC Workforce Development program was designed to connect students with careers that have longevity and high pay. LumaStream hosts a class on-site for manufacturing students and has hired three students directly out of the program. This effort is supported by the state’s Florida TRADE program.
Others in attendance, but whom did not speak, included St. Pete City Council members Wengay Newton and Karl Nurse.
LumaStream CEO Eric Higgs cut the ribbon, and the doors were officially opened!
After the ribbon cutitng, we gave a few more tours… but first… Shawn took a selfie with Mayor Kriseman.
After our VIP event, we lit up the new LumaStream sign and adjusted the light color using an iPhone app. Just part of the fun our LED lighting solution!
So, there you have it. If you didn’t make the event, you missed a pretty good time — and your Tropiccool sorbet.
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