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In The News

The ‘Tampa Renaissance’ Recital

    Mark Silva | U.S. News   Taking “the Tampa tour” with the mayor can be an uplifting urban experience.   This Florida Gulf Coast city, one of the true bellwethers in American politics, was hit hard by the Great Recession. It’s rebounding aggressively as an urban magnet for millennials.   “Tampa really has, I think by every measure, turned the page in its book and started a new chapter,” says Mayor Bob Buckhorn, touting an economic revival and … Continued

State budget cuts will hamper economic development, but Hillsborough leaders remain determined

    Janelle Irwin | Tampa Bay Business Journal   The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. is moving forward with its goal of making the area a hub for business despite what it perceives as some losses during this year’s legislative session.   Lawmakers approved a budget containing just $16 million for Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm. Florida Governor Rick Scott had asked for $85 million to fund the agency.   Enterprise Florida helps fund economic incentives to entice businesses to move to or expand … Continued

As legislators cut job incentives, Tampa leaders fight perception Florida’s closed for business

    Bob Trigaux | Tampa Bay Times   Is Florida suddenly closed for business?   Absurd as that idea may seem, it is a growing concern to Tampa Bay’s economic development community — a perception that job-competing states may use against this state and its metro areas.   For months, our economic development leaders here have watched and winced as the state Legislature condemned Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida — the state’s key agencies for job recruiting and tourism … Continued

In The News

The ‘Tampa Renaissance’ Recital

    Mark Silva | U.S. News   Taking “the Tampa tour” with the mayor can be an uplifting urban experience.   This Florida Gulf Coast city, one of the true bellwethers in American politics, was hit hard by the Great Recession. It’s rebounding aggressively as an urban magnet for millennials.   “Tampa really has, I think by every measure, turned the page in its book and started a new chapter,” says Mayor Bob Buckhorn, touting an economic revival and … Continued

State budget cuts will hamper economic development, but Hillsborough leaders remain determined

    Janelle Irwin | Tampa Bay Business Journal   The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. is moving forward with its goal of making the area a hub for business despite what it perceives as some losses during this year’s legislative session.   Lawmakers approved a budget containing just $16 million for Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm. Florida Governor Rick Scott had asked for $85 million to fund the agency.   Enterprise Florida helps fund economic incentives to entice businesses to move to or expand … Continued

As legislators cut job incentives, Tampa leaders fight perception Florida’s closed for business

    Bob Trigaux | Tampa Bay Times   Is Florida suddenly closed for business?   Absurd as that idea may seem, it is a growing concern to Tampa Bay’s economic development community — a perception that job-competing states may use against this state and its metro areas.   For months, our economic development leaders here have watched and winced as the state Legislature condemned Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida — the state’s key agencies for job recruiting and tourism … Continued