Tag: Rick Homans

Mitch PerryDecember 6, 2017
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5min27
Hillsborough County demographics are changing more and more every year, but two prestigious boards in the region are represented almost exclusively by white men (or white-led) organizations. Take the Tampa Bay Partnership. CEO Rick Homans and Dave Sobush, the agency’s director of policy and research, came before the Hillsborough County Commission Wednesday to present some […]

Mitch PerryApril 28, 2017
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6min72
Officials had high hopes for a bill to reconfigure Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA). Those same officials are now expressing some contentment following an amendment from the bill’s original sponsor, Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala. The legislation would change TBARTA’s name from the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority to the Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority, and […]

Mitch PerryMarch 27, 2017
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4min53
Legislation that would create a regional transit agency connecting four Tampa Bay-area counties breezed through committees in both the House and Senate last week. The proposed agency would be created in advance of a much anticipated Florida Dept. of Transportation transit study scheduled to be completed next year. “It’s a real project. It’s not just talk. […]

Mitch PerryJune 10, 2016
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6min26
Former Florida Democratic Party state chairman Bob Poe revealed Thursday he’s HIV-positive. The 61-year-old Democrat says in a video that he’s healthy because he got tested and diagnosed early, but he wanted to share his condition publicly to “remove the fear, the stigma and the shame that goes with this.” “It’s those things that keep people from getting the […]

Mitch PerryMarch 7, 2016
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3min26
The collective brain trusts of much of the Tampa political establishment is feeling a little bit better Monday morning, after state lawmakers included the requested funding for USF medical school in downtown Tampa. The House and Senate announced was a decision to spend more than $700 million on construction projects in Florida’s public schools, universities, […]

Mitch PerryMarch 1, 2016
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5min27
When pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb announced in 2013 that they would be locating its capability center in Tampa, company executives weren’t doing so just because they liked the weather in the Sunshine State. In choosing the area over 50 other locations around the country, Hillsborough County and the state of Florida had to play ball, […]


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