Sold Out Crowd for Emerge “Tampa To The Core” Discussion on Transportation and Downtown Redevelopment


By Michael Maurino, Director, Government Relations – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

013_GTCC_Maurino_1-22-14WebMore than 120 people filled the Tampa Bay History Center TECO Hall for the Emerge Tampa Bay “Tampa to the Core” event on Thursday, August 20. Presented by RSA Consulting, “Tampa to the Core” focused on transportation improvements and redevelopment in Tampa’s urban core.

Attendees heard from Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, Tampa Downtown Partnership President & CEO Christine Burdick, and Strategic Property Partners COO and Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Counsel Jim Shimberg. The panel was moderated by Marilyn Mullen Healy of Adams and Reese, LLP. Following the panel discussion, Emerge members tweeted their questions to the panel during the Q & A session. (click here for more)

Commissioner Hagan touched on Hillsborough County’s transportation proposal called Go Hillsborough. The proposal is for a 2016 sales tax referendum to fund transportation improvements in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Commissioner Hagan also discussed the possibility of new transportation fees paid for by developers in order for new construction to pay for a larger share of transportation improvements.

Christine Burdick echoed Commissioner Hagan’s comments about developers paying a larger share of transportation improvements. She also noted the tremendous growth of downtown Tampa in recent years, as downtown businesses fight back against the notion that downtown is a ghost town in the evening. With dozens of new projects planned for downtown, it will truly be a live-work-play neighborhood.

Jim Shimberg spoke about the major live-work-play development coming to the urban core: the Channel District land controlled by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. The land, which will be developed by the Vinik owned Strategic Property Partners, will include commercial, residential, and retail spaces. The USF Medical School will also relocate to the site. Shimberg also expressed confidence in the Tampa Streetcar as a valuable transportation and economic development tool. Click here for more pictures from the event.

Upcoming events for Emerge Tampa Bay include the Emerge Tampa Bay Professional Development Speaker series on September 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Glazer Children’s Museum.  Robert Graves of Dale Carnegie Training will present on a “Guide to Perfecting Your Network”.  Click HERE for more details and to register.

On September 24 the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Emerge Tampa Bay will team up for Buzz-ness After Hours at the Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa from 5:30-7:00 pm.  Click HERE for more information and to register.

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