Trenia Cox (NP)
Senior Special Services Coordinator (Retired)
Bachelor of Science: Sociology Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Masters of Arts: Sociology Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Leadership Development Institute Eckerd College St. Petersburg, FL
Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB) Senior Special Services Coordinator: To engage faith-based and community-based service providers to support the strategic focus areas off school readiness, school success, and prevention of child abuse and neglect
JWB: Faith-based Coordinator: To engage the faith-based community to support organization’s strategic plan
Chair, State of Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council
Chair, City of St. Petersburg Social Service Allocation Committee
Board Member, Homeless Leadership Board
Board Member, Florida Dream Center
Woman in the Making Mentoring Program
Concerned Organization for the Quality of Education for Black Students
Office of US
Do you support using additional city resources to make it more attractive for the Tampa Bay Rays to stay in St. Petersburg? (Multiple choice)
Neither support nor oppose
What policies and programs do you think the City should implement, or improve, to attract living wage jobs, support small businesses and generate sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)
In order to create businesses and jobs along with increase a livable wage, the City needs a Convention and Business Center that attracts large industries and corporation to our region with a dedicated approach from our Convention & Visitor’s Bureau along with universities and colleges, State Department of Labor, Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Petersburg.
What are the City’s most important public safety priorities? How do you intend to address them? (400 character limit)
The overall crime rate in the City of St. Petersburg is down. For annual year 2017, auto thefts were down 10.7 percent. The Opioid crisis is here with an average of three calls per day for drug overdose. Concerns are growing regarding human trafficking; a major bust occurred with the number of major sport events. A homeless unit (PATH) has expanded with 7 officers and social worker.
Rate how well the City is balancing resource allocation between downtown and the neighborhoods and business districts in outlying communities. (Multiple choice)
How would you work with city departments, businesses and the community to create more affordable housing and limit the displacement of residents? Where would funding for these efforts come from? (400 character limit)
The issue of affordable housing is one of accessibility and affordability. The City must move forward with the Jordan Park Housing Development for supply; utilize investor incentives, flexible zoning, CRA and Penny for Pinellas to increase the housing stock. City programs should be publicized and barriers to use removed. More engagement of lenders is needed. A livable wage should be implemented.
The goal of St. Petersburg’s “Complete Streets” plan is to provide more options for public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians. What is your position on this strategy? What, if anything, should the City do to further address local and regional transportation needs? (400 character limit)
" Complete Street" moves the City towards its goal of sustainability by the reduction of greenhouse gas with less cars. However, there must be a measured expansion of "Complete Streets" with the creation of multi-modal options including rapid transit, light rails, trolleys for the commuting workforce. The transportation system must be revamped with adequate designated funding.
What actions should the City take to improve resiliency? (In the short term, that would mean the City’s ability to handle weather-related disasters. In the long term, that would mean covering the ongoing costs of repairing and maintaining the city’s sewer/stormwater management systems.) How would you fund these efforts? (400 character limit)
The City should implement the Southeast Florida Regional Action Plan to address climate change issues. The upgrade of water and waste management systems should receive priority funding until five-year fix is complete, Dedicated funding could be augmented with from Penny for Pinellas. In CRA communities, tif dollars may be used. City should improve water conservation and reduce greenhouse emissions
What are the two most important issues affecting your district? If elected, what specific actions will you take to address them? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
Two issues: a livable wage and aging sewage and drainage systems. Livable wage ordnance needs to be revisited and livable wage should apply to City contracts of $100,000 or more and with 10-employee workforce, Increased wages would help cost-burdened families become homeowners along with support from lending community, and maximum use of City programs. System upgrades should be priority funding.
If elected, what will be your top two priorities for the city, and what would you do to address them within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
Top priorities: Economic Development and Affordable housing.
Targeted undeveloped parcels in shopping centers need to be redeveloped as well as the full execution of the Skyway Marina Plan: Increased investor incentives for a restaurant in Skyway Marina District. To increase housing and homeownership, the City programs should have maximum usage including CRA, lender support, and a livable wage.