Without the support of the governments of Hillsborough County and the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our government partners play a vital role in helping us support local businesses and attracting businesses to Hillsborough County.
Chair, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
Sandra Murman was first elected to the County Commission in 2010. In 2014 and 2017, she was elected to be the Chairwoman. Prior to joining the County Commission, Murman completed eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2004. Representative Murman was the first Republican Woman to hold the position of Speaker Pro-Tempore in the Florida House of Representatives. During her tenure in the House of Representatives, Murman worked on issues such as nursing shortages, long term care reform for elderly services, nursing home litigation reform, and critical reform of child protective services and foster care.
As a longtime resident of Hillsborough County, Commissioner Murman has spent many hours volunteering her time as an active community advocate as well as a public policy leader. She has been directly involved in more than 20 organizations that support our community and enhance the lives of children and families.
Commissioner Murman was selected to serve on the Prepaid College Foundation Board, the Junior Achievement Board, and the Florida Healthy Kids Foundation. She also serves as a civic leader on many other boards and commissions that help children such as past chair of the board of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Brandon Regional Hospital Board, and Junior Achievement, Hillsborough Kids, Inc., The Children’s Home, Healthy Start Coalition, founding director of LLT Charter School, Phoenix House, Mental Health Care Foundation, USF College of Nursing Advisory Board, West Central Girl Scouts Development Council, and many more.
Honorable Bob Buckhorn
City of Tampa
Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as the 56th mayor of Tampa on April 1, 2011. Buckhorn believes Tampa’s strength is in its diversity, and he is focused on building an environment that will move Tampa to the next level and create a strong economic climate. As Buckhorn moves forward to assemble a team, his priorities are job creation and economic growth. Buckhorn serves on several boards and governing authorities, including the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, and the Tampa Port Authority. Buckhorn is committed to continuously looking for ways to reduce costs and create opportunities for economic growth. In June 2011, he formed the Economic Competitiveness Committee to review the City of Tampa’s permitting and regulatory processes and look for ways to improve the system. Buckhorn is committed to ensuring that Tampa is known as a place that is open for business, and he will continue to focus on building an environment that will create a strong economic climate.
Honorable Rick Lott
City of Plant City
Serving his fourth term as mayor, Mayor Rick Lott previously served in the role from 2007-2009. He has also served multiple terms as a City Commissioner and on several boards and commissions, including the High Speed Rail Commission and the Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force. In addition to his role as a community leader, he serves as CEO of Zeno Office Solutions and is the co-owner at Zymphony Technology Solutions.
Honorable Mel Jurado, Ph.D.
City of Temple Terrace
Mel Jurado, Ph.D. wass elected mayor of Temple Terrace in fall 2017. A Temple Terrace resident for more than 25 years, Jurado has been active in many state and local service organizations including the Greater Federated Women’s Club of Temple Terrace and American Cancer Society Temple Terrace Relay for Life. She was twice named a finalist for Temple Terrace Citizen of the Year by the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce.
A Certified Work Force Professional (CWFP) who earned her doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jurado is the founder of “The Profitable Group,” a consulting and training organization committed to assisting organizations and businesses with performance improvement and team building since 1991. Her clients include Fortune 500 organizations, Inc. 500 companies, small businesses, governmental agencies, churches and not-for-profit organizations. She was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2011 to head the Florida Office of Early Learning and served as the agency’s statewide director for more than a year before returning to her practice.
Mayor Jurado is committed to employing her skills from the private and public sectors to promote positive economic development city-wide and especially in the Temple Terrace redevelopment area.