Tag: economic development

Michael MolineJanuary 8, 2019
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A top state economist advised the House Commerce Committee on Tuesday to take a more expansive approach to economic development than continuing to rely largely on low-wage tourism and recruiting out-of-state businesses to move here. “This is essentially a grassroots or bottom-up theory of economic development,” said Amy Baker, coordinator of the state Office of […]

Janelle Irwin TaylorDecember 12, 2018
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6min849
The Tampa Bay Partnership’s 2019 Regional Competitiveness Report shows the Tampa Bay region has room for improvement in several areas — some surprising, others not so much. The report shows the region lagging behind others in job growth, wages, household income, transportation and transit and talent access. Companies, community organizations and government agencies can use […]

Drew WilsonDecember 3, 2018
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4min343
The longest-running annual conference focused on Northwest Florida economic development was put on the backburner when Hurricane Michael tore through the Panhandle, but Gulf Power says it’s coming back in mid-April. The 22nd Economic Symposium was originally scheduled to commence on Oct.10, the same day the Category 4 storm made landfall near Mexico Beach. Michael […]

Janelle Irwin TaylorOctober 24, 2018
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5min374
Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz outlined a three-point job creation plan Tuesday that includes attracting entrepreneurs, engaging universities and recruiting new companies. Straz plans to use his experience in business to reach out to companies worldwide to make sure Tampa is on their radar for potential growth or relocation by tapping into his global network […]

Scott PowersApril 18, 2018
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11min431
In a Democratic gubernatorial debate Wednesday that illuminated only a handful of policy differences while all four candidates sought to define their brand themes, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham found herself often playing defense, repeatedly disputing remarks from Winter Park businessman Chris King and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. At one point Graham, the presumed co-front […]

Jim RosicaApril 29, 2017
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2min239
While Senate and House negotiators made progress on many tourism, transportations and economic development budgetary issues Saturday, a slew of line items will be “bumped” up to Appropriations Chairs Jack Latvala and Carlos Trujillo. Most notable was a bump of proviso language on an audit of Tampa International Airport’s master renovation plan. State Sen. Tom Lee, a […]


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