GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

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.

Lesley “Les” Miller

Chair, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners

Commissioner Les Miller was elected to represent District 3 in 2010. Miller previously served as a member of the Florida Senate from 2000-2006 and a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1992-2000. During his time in the Florida Legislature, he served as the Minority Leader for both the House and the Senate. He also was appointed to the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission from 2007-2008 and as a member of the Florida Board of Regents from 1977-1979.

Miller also previously served as Associate Vice President and Dean for Students for the University of South Florida, and as the manager of Minority Business Development and Governmental Relations for Tampa General Hospital.

Miller has been recognized over the years by many organizations and has received the Florida Education Association President’s Award; the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service Robert W. Saunders Awards for Efforts to Promote Civil Rights; the University of South Florida Presidents’ Distinguished Citizens Award; the Early Learning Coalition Legislative Excellence Award; Florida League of Cities Legislative Award; and the Florida Housing Coalition Legislative Award.

Honorable Bob Buckhorn

Mayor

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

Mayor

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

Mayor

A Temple Terrace resident for more than 25 years, Mayor Mel 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.

Mayor Jurado 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. She also has served on the Hillsborough County’s Community Action Board and was chosen by Florida Governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist to serve as chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.

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.

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