While our New York City delegation was calling upon prospects and companies that have invested in our region, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was making the rounds telling Tampa’s business story to top-tier, national media.
His first stop on the two-day whirlwind trip was to Bloomberg, where he sat down with Businessweek’s economics editor Peter Coy. The two chatted about Tampa’s recovery from the recession and the economic growth and investment taking place currently. He then appeared live on Bloomberg TV’s “Balance of Power” with host David Westin to talk about Florida’s friendly business climate and how companies from the Northeast and Midwest are starting to take notice because of our state’s low tax burden, excellent quality of life and favorable climate. Watch the full video.
Day one ended with a trip to the epicenter of the financial world, the New York Stock Exchange, for a live interview on digital streaming service Cheddar. Pegged as the “CNBC for millennials,” Cheddar broadcasts live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and reaches 7 million viewers. Again, the hot topic was Tampa’s business and economic climate, but this time there was a focus on how Tampa attracts top talent. Watch the full interview.
Day two included visits with some heavy hitters as well: Richard Greene with Governing Magazine, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson with the Financial Times, and Ben Casselman with the New York Times.
Topics of interest were Tampa’s transformation post-recession, investment in infrastructure, the role emerging cities are playing in the health of the economy, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine’s move downtown, and exciting developments around the riverfront and urban core. The EDC team is following up with the writers to provide relevant data and will share any subsequent stories as they are published.
All-in-all the trip was a huge success and Mayor Buckhorn flawlessly shared Tampa’s key selling points: We are business-friendly, we have the talent companies need to succeed, we are welcoming to everyone, and we have a quality of life that can’t be beat.