By Michael Maurino, Director of Government Relations, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber releases results from recent transportation poll: The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commissioned a poll of most likely voters on the issue of transportation in Hillsborough County. Preliminary results show that transportation remains a significant challenge for residents, with 88% of respondents stating improving the transportation system in Hillsborough County as either a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” priority. The issue of supporting a half cent sales tax was raised at four different points in the overall survey, with answers of support ranging from 47% to 54%.
For more information on the poll, visit the Chamber’s blog.
Go Hillsborough plan comes into focus: County Administrator Mike Merrill provided the latest version of the Go Hillsborough Community Transportation Plan this week to County Commissioners. The majority of the plan would target road projects, but each local government would ultimately control how they spend their share of revenues created by a half-cent sales tax that would be placed on the November ballot. About $117m would be generated annually. Commissioners will likely vote on April 26 to adopt mobility fees, which would generate about $10m annually and be paid by new development. On April 27, Commissioners would vote on placing the half-cent referendum on the ballot.
Tampa Bay attracting businesses, without state incentives: The Tampa Chamber was among the business groups that supported funding up to $250m in state economic incentives for Enterprise Florida. The decision by the Legislature to not fund EFI, and Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to downsize EFI, is leading to other ways to attract businesses here.
This week, the Tampa Hillsborough EDC hosted site selectors who gave Tampa credit for business diversity and a growing pool of talent. When PayPal announced they would cancel their North Carolina project following that state’s law overriding local antidiscrimination laws, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote in the Charlotte Observer that other North Carolina companies bothered by the new law are welcomed in St. Pete.
The Business of Transportation: The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is continuing a community conversation on transportation with “The Business of Transportation.” This five-minute video explains how Tampa was built by transportation options, and why Tampa needs more of those options to support businesses and families. Following the video, you can take this short survey to tell the Chamber how transportation impacts your daily commute. The video has been viewed 231 times, and the survey has 159 respondents.
Face The Chamber – 2016 Mayor’s Luncheon, April 15, 11:45am: Join us for the Mayor’s annual address to the Chamber and Leadership Tampa Alumni membership including the popular “Face the Chamber” segment. Check out our website for more information.