Policy & Transportation Digest

Florida Senate and House agree on budget number

Earlier this week, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President agreed on a $ 83 billion dollar budget.  Now it is up to the members through the conference committee process to iron out the details.

Joint House and Senate Conference Committee begin work

Thursday evening, the legislature’s  joint conference committees began to negotiate the details of the budget, and they are expected to work over the weekend.  The Legislature has until Tuesday to finalize a budget to finish session by the May 5 Sine Die date.  Once the budget it completed, there is a constitutionally required 72 hour “cooling off” period before the legislature can vote.

Governor Scott still pushing for funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida

As the legislature begins budget negations, Governor Rick Scott continues to emphasize the importance of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida for creating jobs in the state.

 

This week in Tallahassee:

In addition to the beginning of budget negotiations, there were a few bills moving through the process that the Chamber is watching and or supporting.

Public Transportation Commission bill

The Florida House passed HB 647 sponsored by Representatives Jamie Grant and Jackie Toledo. The bill allows for the elimination of the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission.  The bill will head to the Senate for approval.

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Supports HB 647

 

Upcoming Events

Register for the Legislative Wrap Up on May 19th.   Learn more about what the Hillsborough delegation has to say about the 2017 Legislative Session.

 

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business. Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Member News 4/13/17 – 4/20/17

Member News

Member Events

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Chamber Presents Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award to Robin DeLaVergne

DeLaVergne, Robin color 2009Tampa, Fla. – Robin DeLaVergne, Executive Director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President of Tampa General Hospital was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award, presented by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Robin is a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, Tampa General Hospital Foundation Women’s Leadership Council, The Bank of Tampa Women Connected Advisory Board, Leadership Tampa Alumni and the Philanthropy Leadership Council of the Advisory Board. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility Group at MacDill Air Force Base and is a member of the MacDill/Tampa Leadership Committee for the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative. She is a past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Junior League of Tampa, past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct Program and member of the Board of Directors, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries and the United Way. She received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

The Woman of Influence Award recognizes a woman whose leadership has made a positive impact in Hillsborough County.  It pays tribute to an individual who exemplifies outstanding professional values; demonstrates the ability to go above and beyond the normal expectations of a leader; and serves as an inspiration to the community. Robin DeLaVergne was presented the award at the Chamber’s annual Women of Influence Luncheon featuring Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning company on a mission to “disrupt the pink aisle” with toys, games and media for girls.

Member News 4/6/17 – 4/13/17

Member Events

Member Job Openings

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Business Analytics Roundtable Invitation

Business Analytics Roundtable Discussion, April 12th, 12:30p to 1:30p (lunch provided)

Dear Chamber Member,

Business Analytics is at the core of organizational success. What is measured can be improved, but this industry is far more reaching than improvement within the organization. Analyzing data provides decision support to build strategies and it provides the accountability needed to prove effectiveness of programs and business practices. Business Analytics fits into the “Lean” methodology of Build, Measure, and Learn to validate or invalidate ideas.

Please join the Greater Tampa Chamber’s Education Connection interactive and informal Business Analytics discussion between business and academic professionals. This is ideal if you teach or are in the business of machine learning, data visualization, business intelligence, big data, and predictive analytics.

Discussions will focus on:

  • trends, issues, news, and directions in business analytics
  • what businesses need in workforce skills and capabilities
  • student opportunities available in Tampa
  • industry job descriptions
  • resources available to businesses from the academic community

Seats are limited to 10 Chamber member business participants and 10 academic participants, so reservations are on a first come basis.

To reserve your seat, please email cgeeabate@tampachamber.com.

 

Roundtable details: Wednesday, April 12th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm (lunch provided)

Location: Greater Tampa Chamber office, 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201

Parking: Short term parking available on the 3rd floor of the Fort Brook parking garage.

From the parking garage, take the 3rd floor crosswalk to the Tampa City Center Building. The Chamber office is the first door on the right after the crosswalk.

Policy & Transportation Digest

Cuba as a Software Development HUB?

Many Miami based companies have been hiring software development employees in Cuba to help grow their business.

Cross Bay Ferry releases new Ridership Numbers

The ferry service that runs between Tampa and St. Petersburg had a record 6,000 passengers for the month of February. The Cross-Bay Ferry is scheduled to run from November 2016 through April 2017 to test community interest for water transit.

Sneak Peek into the Issues facing this Year’s Session

Here is an insight into the issues that will be the hot topics during the upcoming legislative session that begins next week.

This week in Tallahassee:

This week was relatively quiet in Tallahassee as most legislators were home in their districts to meet with constituents and prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, which begins next Tuesday.

During Session, the Chamber will update members on the issues that are on the 2017 Legislative Agenda.

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County,  the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business. Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study

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Member News 2/23/17 – 3/2/17

Member Events

Member Job Openings

 

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.