Emerge Tampa Bay & Education Connection Partner to Prepare Students for the Workforce


By: Selina Radlein, Moffitt Cancer Center, Education Connection Committee Member

032R8762-8x10Many young professionals today could tell you precisely what pieces of advice they would give their 21-year-old selves – that typical list of “things I know now that I wish I knew back then.” If only someone would have told me! I personally wish I had sought out internship opportunities, built better relationships and read A LOT more books! Hindsight is 20/20, they say. That period right after college is so instrumental in shaping the adults we later become. We have so little responsibility and so much freedom to make errors. Some new graduates have a hard time navigating the working world. Some of this is likely due to lack of skills or knowledge. Most is probably attributed to lack of connections or experience. How great would it have been to have some more guidance?

Fortunately, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has a created a partnership with the local colleges and universities to address this very problem. Education Connection brings business leaders together with the academic community to help mold Tampa Bay’s future workforce. This has been quite a successful partnership, so Emerge Tampa Bay wanted to get in on the action. Who better to help provide guidance to young people than slightly-older, more experienced young people?!

It was a privilege to be the first Emerge member to speak with a class at the University of South Florida as part of this effort. I come from a public health background, so I was paired with an instructor of technical writing for health science majors. I won’t lie, I was a bit apprehensive at first as I thought, “What insight and information could I possibly provide to the most digitally connected college students in history that they couldn’t find in 0.5 seconds with their thumbs?” I grew a little more concerned after I entered the classroom that was filled with computer monitors. “Will they even be listening?” I thought.  To my surprise, I had a lot to say and they were taking lots of notes.

I gave the students some background on my career journey and told them all of those things I would have told my 21-year-old self. They also had a lot to say, asking many questions about resources, internships, networking, mentorships, jobs, work-life balance and the list goes on. Some were even interested in gaining experience at my organization. And none of them knew they were able to join Emerge! The 30 minute talk I was anxious about turned into an hour and fifteen minute discussion session that flowed effortlessly. At one point, a fellow student answered her classmate’s question when I was unable to do so. In that instance I said, “My next big piece of advice is to talk to each other.” This moment stood out to me because I realized I was giving these students advice that they would one day have given their 21-year-old selves. Yes folks, the most digitally connected college students in history could use some help with building face-to-face, mutually beneficial relationships.

After the class I followed up with an email to the instructor, providing her all the information I’d gathered on questions I could not answer and thanking her for this opportunity. We both agreed we would remain connected, as this partnership could be beneficial to her current and future classes. I definitely encourage my fellow young professionals to participate in this initiative. It is one of the most effective ways to contribute to Emerge’s mission.

Emerge Tampa Bay to Host 2nd Speaker Series Event at MacDill AFB

Emerge Speaker Series

Kaila Barrington, Paycom, Emerge Professional Development Committee Member  

Once, I performed an exercise called the “triangle of success.” The instructor asked the audience what characteristics we thought made up a successful person. We all shared our thoughts:

  • knowledgeable/smart
  • open-minded
  • risk-taker
  • positive
  • driven
  • big thinker
  • determination
  • hard-working
  • open to feedback
  • perseverance
  • embraces change
  • inclusive
  • uses time wisely

Once the list was finalized, the instructor went one-by-one through the list and asked us which characteristics represented skill and which represented attitude, or both. What we found is that almost all were classified as attitude. The moral of the story: success is reached by having the right attitude. Yes, skills are important, but without the right attitude you will always fall short of success.

On July 15, Emerge Tampa Bay will hold its second professional development speaker series event. The topic of this event is leadership with guest speaker, Colonel Daniel Tulley. He is the current base commander of MacDill Air Force Base.

So, what type of leader is the event’s featured speaker, Colonel Daniel H. Tulley? Sure, we know by his title that the military has classified him as a leader, but how does he see himself?

Here’s what I found:

On his LinkedIn profile, he establishes himself as a leader that takes a strategy and sees it through to success by developing people and building teams to get results.

If you have not yet visited MacDill Air Force Base, this is your opportunity to see and learn about its impact on our region. Members of the military are invited to attend this event to learn about Emerge Tampa Bay and ways to get involved in our community. Growing up in a military town myself, I know the base brings diversity and many different leaders to the area. Through the Chamber’s Military efforts, the community is able to support our troops and maintain a positive, mutually beneficial relationship. Emerge Tampa Bay is excited to be on base to learn more ways to engage with our local military community.

To find out first-hand about Colonel Tulley’s leadership philosophy and the impact of MacDill Air Force Base on Tampa Bay, sign up to attend the event here: http://emerge.tampachamber.com/events/Emerge-Tampa-Bay-Professional-Development-Speaker-Series-Leadership-2891/details

Why Join Emerge?


By Suzanne Lambert, KPMG LLP, Emerge Tampa Bay Membership Committee Member

SuzanneWhen I moved to Tampa from Atlanta last summer I was fresh out of college, brand new at my job and felt somewhat disconnected from the Tampa area. All of my professional and personal connections were back home and I felt like I was missing ties to the Tampa community. I finally stumbled upon Emerge while I was looking for professional organizations online and, to put it simply, it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

However, this is no relationship that starts beautifully, only to end in tears and emotional Facebook statuses. Emerge has continuously helped to expand my professional network while helping me meet some amazing new friends and leaders in the community along the way. It boasts four committees fit for every niche, has a presence in nearly every event and industry in Tampa and holds very popular monthly networking events coined “The Buzz.”

The most recent Buzz event was held on Thursday, May 14 at Ducky’s Sports Lounge, a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce member conveniently located near downtown Tampa. The pouring rain did not stop 175 young professionals from eagerly filling the space, drink tickets in hand, to connect with other young professionals in the area. Attendees had the opportunity to grab drinks and food while engaging in mini bowling or simply meeting other people.

To my surprise, most people came alone, but you never would have guessed it by the easy and lively conversation that flowed from every corner in Ducky’s. Conversation ranged from work, to sport teams, to which style of pizza is best (New York, IMHO). I had the opportunity to talk about my company, as well as learn about amazing companies, charities and resources that I did not know of previously— all while in a fun and comfortable environment with people who are genuinely interested in what others do. The event was set to end at 7:30 p.m., but many people did not leave until around midnight.

What came as an overwhelming relief to me at the Buzz event was that many of the fellow young professionals attending shared my same reality— they were from another state and needed a hub like Emerge to act as a home base and build their network over a few drinks and casual conversation. And that it does! I left with more business cards than I could count, dinner plans for the following week, and finally, that sense of belonging that I had been looking for.

I believe that the best part of Emerge Tampa Bay and its events like The Buzz is that it fuses the professional sphere with the personal. A misconception might be that events like The Buzz are tired gatherings with people delivering cheesy pitches about their companies/product. That simply could not be further from the truth. The young professionals attending these events want the same things you and I do. They want to be active in their communities while meeting new friends, building new industry contacts and exposing their businesses while learning about others’.

What are you doing to remain active in your community? Possibly more importantly, what are you doing to remain competitive? Let’s face it, showing up to work 9-5 (or 8-8, if we’re being realistic) simply doesn’t cut it anymore. Organizations want their employees to be active in the communities and professional organizations. Emerge offers its members countless opportunities to engage with like-minded young professionals while utilizing valuable community resources and becoming more active in the Tampa area. Emerge has become that competitive edge for me—let it become yours too.

3rd Annual Emerge Tampa Bay Nonprofit Fair Partners with Give Day Tampa Bay in 2015


Megan Brown, Northwestern Mutual/ Emerge Tampa Bay Community Outreach Committee Member

I occasionally ask myself, “Is it better to give than to receive? Is there something missing in my life when a philanthropic spirit is not woven into my busy schedule or monthly finances?” I don’t think anyone would deny that a person feels a sense of fulfillment helping others in need.  Yet, we often find that lack of finances, time constraints or just not knowing where to find outreach opportunities can keep us from experiencing that blessing.

In an effort to overcome the obstacles that hinder outreach opportunities the 3rd annual Emerge Nonprofit Volunteer Fair partnered with Give Day Tampa Bay in Channelside Bay Plaza during their 24-hour online fundraising event. The goal was to not only raise money for nonprofits, but to present opportunities where you can donate your time.

If time constraints were a concern, people could choose among 549 nonprofits to donate to at the push of a button. Gifts totaling $1,734,540.75 were raised during Give Day Tampa Bay from nearly 10,193 donors!

For those wanting to donate their time, 24 local organizations set up tables in Channelside Bay Plaza to showcase their missions and highlight volunteer opportunities through the help of Emerge Tampa Bay.

There were a diverse group of nonprofits in attendance, providing opportunities for everyone. Whether your heart’s desire is to work with animals, children, disabled veterans, or others in need, attendees were bound to find something that appealed to their passion. I found that this event made for a fun and easy way to find opportunities that aligned with the causes I cared about. Check out the list of nonprofits who participated in the fair below.

As a busy, young professional juggling a marriage and the occasional budget blues, I still realize the importance of giving back but had all the excuses in the world not to be involved. Through the Emerge Nonprofit Fair, I met with representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. They said the organization is willing to work with my schedule and only asked for some of my free time. I decided that their willingness to work with my schedule was a good fit for me. I cannot wait to meet a little brother that I will be paired with in the coming month.

Whether you donate financially or give of your leisure time, it is a valuable contribution. It is good to be reminded, every now and then, to take the time to care.

Just like my opportunity, Give Day Tampa Bay and the Emerge Nonprofit Volunteer Fair proved that there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved. If you are interested in learning about nonprofits in Tampa Bay, the Emerge Community Outreach Committee is the perfect place to start. Their meetings take place on the first Monday of every month. Join me sometime! The only question left is, “Are you ready to give back?”

3rd Annual Emerge Tampa Bay Nonprofit Volunteer Fair Participants:

2nd C.H.A.N.C.E Center 4 Boyz
Americans For Prosperity Foundation
American Lung Association
Best Buddies Tampa Bay
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Cracker Country/Florida State Fair
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Florida Aquarium
Florida Gulf Coast Paralyzed Veterans of America
Hillsborough Education Foundation
LifeLink Foundation
Instruments of Change
Meals On Wheels of Tampa
Metropolitan Ministries Inc.
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Solita’s House, Inc.
Special Olympics Florida – Hillsborough County
St. Peter Claver
Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue
Tranquil Shores Children’s Foundation
Visions of Hope International

Emerge Tampa Bay Hosts Third Annual Nonprofit Volunteer Fair to Connect Local Nonprofits with Community Members


Emerge Tampa Bay, Tampa’s young professional leadership program, is proud to announce that this year’s Nonprofit Volunteer Fair will take place on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 from 10:00am to 1:30pm at Channelside Bay Plaza in coalition with Give Day Tampa Bay.

The Emerge Nonprofit Volunteer Fair mirrors a career fair with the goal of connecting nonprofits with individuals searching for volunteer opportunities. There are 25 local nonprofits participating in order to reach young professionals and other community members who want to make a difference in Tampa Bay. Pairing with Give Day this year will draw even more attention to the participating nonprofits making financial and volunteer goals possible.

This is a free event open to the community. To register, please visit our website: http://emerge.tampachamber.com/events/Emerge-Tampa-Bay-Nonprofit-Volunteer-Fair-AttendeeVolunteer-Registration-2868/details

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Channelside Bay Plaza 
615 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

About Emerge Tampa Bay
Emerge Tampa Bay is a young professional leadership program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce designed for emerging leaders ages 21 to 35. Stemming from an initiative to recruit and retain talent in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, the Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the idea in 2003 and Emerge Tampa Bay was launched in May 2004.

Emerge Tampa Bay works to impact the business community across the region by providing professional development, networking, and community outreach opportunities for young professionals, as well as impacting public policy affecting the Tampa Bay business community.

With the vision of becoming the premier young professional program in the country, Emerge Tampa Bay’s mission is to support, cultivate and attract emerging leaders, ages 21 to 35, by providing access to business resources, educational opportunities, and community partnerships in an effort to enhance the Greater Tampa Area.

Emerge Tampa Bay Announces 2015 Protégé Program Participants

Emerge Tampa Bay and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the pairings of the 2015 Protégé Program. The Protégé Program kicked off in 2006 and has paired more than 200 young professionals with experienced mentors and business professionals throughout the Tampa Bay area. The pairs will meet once each month to discuss topics including leadership, career development, communication skills, networking and influencing/negotiating.

The 2015 Protégé Program pairings are (mentor first):

  1. Jonathan Brill (SOE Software Corporation) with David Abbate (RTT Realty)
  2. Lisa Rose (My Frameworks of Tampa Bay) with Brandi Ahonsi (LifeLink Foundation)
  3. Kerri-Lyn Francis (Klynergy Massage & Wellness) with Lauren Albert (Elevate, Inc.)
  4. Bill Latta (Focus on Performance, LLC) with Felicia Ally (WellCare)
  5. Melanie Griffin (Dean Mead) with Rayla Bailey (GulfShore Bank)
  6. Jake Hartigan (MacDill Air Force Base) with Stuart Bromfield (Englander Fischer)
  7. Kareem Spratling (Bryant Miller Olive P.A.) with Christopher Brooker (21st Century Financial Inc.)
  8. Carrie Kovacs (Gresham, Smith and Partners) with Danielle Brown (Zenzio)
  9. Renee Vaughn (Williams Consulting Group) with Erin Cassidy (Majesty Title Services, LLC)
  10. Brian Hanrahan (Mercer Health & Benefits) with Zachary Chauhan (Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP)
  11. Elizabeth Hapner (Hapner Law) with Amanda E Chazal (Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A.)
  12. Doug Pace (Bayshore Solutions) with Jeff Chernoff (IAT, Inc)
  13. Barb Zant (WTSP/Channel 10) with Jarrod Cole (USF IMG Sports Marketing)
  14. Debbie Lundberg (Presenting Powerfully) with Cindy Coronado (USAA)
  15. Robin DeLaVergne (Tampa General Hospital) with Leonardo Dosoretz (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP)
  16. Rolfe Arnhym (Vistage) with Daniel K Farmer (M.E. Wilson Co., Inc.)
  17. Paul Huszar (VetCor LLC) with Scott Fleming (Bright House Networks, LLC)
  18. Justine Burke (Metropolitan Ministries, Inc.) with Kathryn Forbes (Veritiv)
  19. Brian Carson (MacDill Air Force Base) with Patrick Ford (Wehr Constructors, Inc.)
  20. Ryan Freking (Cassidy Turley) with David Fusco (TLC Engineering for Architecture)
  21. Mandelyn Cloninger (Metropolitan Ministries) with Lauren Geraci (LN Geraci Partnership, LLP
  22. Lorrie Hero (Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce) with Sophia Goode (Raymond James Financial)
  23. Michelle Norris (Navigen Leadership) with Gioia Harman (Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.)
  24. Kerry O’Reilly (Tampa Bay Times) with Brittany Jackson (Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce)
  25. Adrian Martinez (EKS Group, LLC) with Micah P Johnson (PLS Logistics Services)
  26. Bob Rohrlack (Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce) with David K Judd III (Wehr Constructors, Inc.)
  27. Mike Griffin (Vertical Integration) with Trent A Kennelly Esq. (The Kennelly Law Firm, PL)
  28. Stephanie Krebs (The University of Tampa) with Rebecca L Kennelly (Apple)
  29. Jill Witecki (Tampa Theatre) with Jelena Klisura (Grow Financial Federal Credit Union)
  30. Dianne Jacob (PNC Bank) with Jennifer Lawson (HCI Group, Inc.)
  31. Mark House (The Beck Group) with David A Loos (Beaux-Arts Group)
  32. Todd Newton (Synovus Bank) with Andrew Machota (Robert Half)
  33. Alex Kaptzan (Visit Tampa Bay) with Michael Marino (Verified Label & Print, Inc.)
  34. Christopher Karlo (Mercury New Media) with Kasi Martin (Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.)
  35. Kim Woollard (Grow Fiancial Federal Credit Union) with Jill McSpadden (Prida-Guida & Company P.A. CPAs)
  36. Jennifer Wainman with Ashley Moore (LifeLink Foundation)
  37. Holly Tomlin (Tomlin Talent Solutions) with Courtney Muscatello (Workscapes Inc.)
  38. Stephanie Agliano (Agliano Utility Solutions) with Andrew Peluso (Hill Ward Henderson, PA)
  39. Eileen Sweeney (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) with Cynthia Plunkett (Socius Marketing)
  40. Jeremy Daniel (Regenerative Medicine Solutions) with Matthew Ransdell (Akerman)
  41. Lance Lansrud (Florida Executive Realty) with Dani Ratner (Tampa Bay Lightning/Amalie Arena)
  42. Joanne Sullivan (The University of Tampa) with Miranda Reiter (She & Money Financial)
  43. Debbie Lundberg (Presenting Powerfully) with Richard Rippy (Synovus Bank)
  44. Paul Halpern (New Life Village) with Katie Roders-Turner (Francis House)
  45. Karin Coleman (HCI Group, Inc.) with Sarah Schwirian (Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners)
  46. Aakash Patel (Elevate) with Tony Selvaggio (Scrap on Spot)
  47. Christian Calcines (Banker Lopez Gassler P.A.) with Matt Smith (Second District Court of Appeals)
  48. Bemetra Simmons (BB & T Alison) with Ali St. Cyr (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate)
  49. Chris Swink (BNY Mellon Wealth Management) with Brendan Sweeney (HCI Group, Inc.)
  50. Gail Wean (Grow Financial Federal Credit Union) with Rebekah Torres (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority)
  51. Jessica Aspiras (Tampa Bay Partnership) with Hannah Vartanian (Winters and Yonker)
  52. Drew Marshall (CI Group) with Curtis Walker (Tampa Bay Lightning/Amalie Arena)
  53. Robert Teachey (Workscapes, Inc.) with Adam Walton (Eagle Asset Management)

Ready for the Future: Multimodal Transportation and Preparing for Growth

By Leonardo Dosoretz, Voice Committee Member

5On Monday, July 28, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott took a ride in a driverless car on the Selmon Expressway as part of an ongoing trial for the new technology.[i] The event reflects the evolving nature of transportation and comes at an appropriate time as the Tampa Bay area once again tries to address public transportation reform and development.

We do not know what transportation will look like in the future—it could be similar to the system we currently have, new technology could revolutionize transportation entirely, or unforeseeable circumstances could force transportation systems to adapt. With this uncertainty in mind, it would be prudent for citizens of Hillsborough to watch what is going on in Pinellas, as the voters there start making decisions crucial to that county’s growth and future.

Pinellas will vote this November on whether to reduce property taxes and increase the sales tax by 1% to fund public transportation improvements through a program called Greenlight Pinellas. While Hillsborough will not vote on such a measure until 2016 at the earliest[ii], it is worthwhile to analyze the Greenlight plan and its implications.

One of the main thrusts of Greenlight is emphasizing the importance of multimodal transportation. Multimodal transportation can be described as the coexistence and interconnectedness between distinct means of transportation. This includes pedestrians, bicycles, automobiles, and rail systems. In other words, Greenlight would serve hubs of activity, such as downtown St. Petersburg, to be easily accessible by foot, by bicycle, by car, by bus, and eventually by rail, while people traveling to less dense areas of the county would also have more transportation options to reach their destinations.

Greenlight aims to improve and expand public transportation options over the next 10 years in a sequential and economically-logical order to provide comprehensive transportation coverage throughout Pinellas. Greenlight will initially focus on bus service expansion throughout Pinellas.[iii] If current trends continue and there is decreased demand for driving in urban centers[iv], then developing downtown St. Petersburg, Gateway, and other nodes of activity throughout the county to be more accessible and multimodal should make those areas more attractive for businesses and residents. As Tampa Bay continues to grow at a fast rate[v], Greenlight will keep people and commerce moving throughout Pinellas briskly. Expanded public transportation should also have identifiable financial benefits for homeowners in Pinellas. Greenlight lowers property taxes and studies have shown that “homes within walking distance of transit systems tend to outperform others in the region, while commuters save money when they don’t have to pay to own and maintain a car.”[vi] By revitalizing the transportation system, property values in Pinellas could increase and citizens will have the option to cut down on their transportation expenses if they choose.

If the two counties eventually do establish transportation systems, connecting them will be crucial to unlocking their full potential. For many people and especially visitors, Tampa Bay is one large metropolitan area and not two dichotomous regions. Any transportation developments in Hillsborough should connect to Pinellas and vice versa. For Tampa Bay to take full advantage of any developments, travelers should not get stranded going from one county to the other.

Having a comprehensive transportation system will also allow Pinellas to connect with other locations outside the county and throughout the state. Tampa International Airport (TIA) recently announced expansion plans[vii] and a transportation system that seamlessly connects Pinellas to the airport, which should allow the county to reap some of the expected benefits. Connectivity applies beyond just Tampa Bay though, as evidenced by the start of construction for All Aboard Florida—a rail system connecting Miami, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.[viii] An alternative to driving to Orlando and the Atlantic coast from Tampa Bay would be an attractive option and would also ease traffic between the two regions. Such developments would provide new opportunities, such as offering visitors a way to reach Pinellas’ outstanding beaches from TIA without renting a car, or combining a beach vacation in Tampa Bay with a trip to Orlando’s attractions, without the need to drive.

On a broad scale, improved public transportation can help leverage Tampa Bay’s strengths. The close proximity of vibrant coastal cities to beautiful beaches and other regional attractions would be well-served by smooth transportation between them. Nevertheless, Greenlight is an investment and all investments carry some degree of risk. The cost of the tax on the November ballot is significant and there is always the possibility that things will not go according to plan, or that circumstances may change. However, transforming Pinellas by integrating a more comprehensive public transportation system is an investment which, at the very least, will make the area more capable of adapting to trends and developments in transportation and city planning. The ceiling for the plan though, is much higher. A best case scenario for Greenlight envisions a vibrant and reinvigorated community where citizens have access throughout the county with multiple viable transportation options, businesses see new and exciting opportunities to thrive, and visitors are enticed by all the area has to offer. As November nears and Pinellas makes plans for the future, Hillsborough should consider how best to position itself for this wave of modern and crucial development.


[i] Crampton, Liz. “Governor Rick Scott Takes Spin in Automated Audi.” Tampa Bay Times. July 28, 2014.

[ii] Crampton, Liz. “Hillsborough Officials: Put 1-Cent Transportation Tax to Vote in 2016.” Tampa Bay Times. July 29, 2014.

[iii] The Greenlight Pinellas Plan, p. 3.


[iv] Schwartz, John. “Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving.” New York Times. May 13, 2013.

[v] The Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research, Population and Demographic Reports. “Florida’s Population – 2014 Volume 1.”

< http://edr.state.fl.us/Content/population-demographics/reports/econographicnews-2014v1.pdf&gt;

[vi] Lerner, Matt. “New Ranking of Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit.” Walk Score. January, 28, 2014. <http://blog.walkscore.com/2014/01/new-ranking-of-best-u-s-cities-for-public-transit/&gt;

[vii] Tampa International Airport, “Governor Announces Funding for TPA Expansion Project.” <http://www.tampaairport.com/about/media/articles/governor-announces-expansion-funding.asp&gt;

[viii] Chardy, Alfonso. “Work Begins—Finally—on Miami-to-Orlando Fast Train.” Miami Herald. August 25, 2014.

Join Emerge Tampa Bay for the 3rd Annual Emerging with Influence


By: Sarah Schwirian

You’ve heard us talking about Emerging with Influence (repeatedly, I’m sure!), but what exactly IS it? Emerging with Influence is Emerge Tampa Bay’s premier signature event that provides Emerge Tampa Bay members, as well as the Tampa Bay business community, the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization throughout the previous year. Past leadership is celebrated as the new Emerge Tampa Bay Leadership Team is welcomed.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 6, at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre for the 3rd Annual Emerging with InfluenceThe highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award to one deserving Emerge Tampa Bay member who exhibits Deanne’s remarkable leadership. Deanne founded Emerge Tampa Bay in 2004 while she was Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 finalists include:

    • Jessica R. Aspiras, Tampa Bay Partnership
    • Jessica Muroff, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.
    • Aakash Patel, Elevate Inc.
    • Brian Seel, The Beck Group

This year, we welcome special guest Debbie Lundberg of Presenting Powerfully, who will present on “The ABCs of Next Level Leadership.” We will also be joined by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and many members who have made this and the last ten years a success. Read more…

As a new addition to the event, we will highlight the Protégé Program. This exclusive mentoring program, headed up by the Grow committee, is a pillar of Emerge Tampa Bay and has connected hundreds of young professionals with influential leaders throughout our community. We will recognize participants and have remarks from Leadership Tampa Alumni Chair, Troy Atlas.

We are thankful to our sponsors of this event: Leadership Tampa Alumni, Northwestern Mutual, Tampa Steel Erecting Co., ChappellRoberts, Tampa General Hospital and PNC Bank.

Hope to see you there!

Tomorrow’s Tampa: An Idea Summit

Join Tampa Bay’s leading young professionals to develop a young professional’s vision of Tampa. How do you want Channelside to look in five years? How would you develop downtown Tampa? What transit options are important to you? Come share your ideas for the future of Tampa and be a part of developing a plan for Tomorrow’s Tampa: An Idea Summit.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Mickey Jacob, FAIA, BDG Architects will be the keynote speakers for this event followed by these breakout sessions:

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In the Loop: Tampa Transit Happenings

By: Allison Wallrapp, Voice Committee Member

Tampa Bay residents may soon have a more robust set of options when it comes to public transportation.

Last week, Hillsborough County made public the documents outlining their initial plan to overhaul transportation in the county. The records were released as the direct result of a public records request submitted by Connect Tampa Bay. The plan, whose release had been delayed since June, outlines the county’s plan to reduce traffic congestion and commute times, improve safety, offer more transit options, and promote economic development.

HillsboroughtedLogo County government leaders have spent 14 months working on the plan, which includes a number of proposed projects. Conscious of the tax-for-transportation referendum that Hillsborough County voters rejected in 2010, county administrators, led by Mike Merrill, are looking for residents’ feedback on the projects. As such, the county will host public panels, have designated contacts for both the media and the public, provide regular updates to clubs, and include information flyers in utility bills.

The proposed projects include the following:

  • A rapid transit route between the Westshore business district and downtown Tampa, which could be serviced by bus and rail;
  • A transit corridor connecting downtown Tampa with the University of South Florida, using express bus service and later development into light rail;
  • “Premium” bus service on Dale Mabry Highway linking Raymond James Stadium, Hillsborough Community College, Carrollwood, and Lutz;
  • A ferry service between Gibsonton and MacDill Air Force Base;
  • Bridge upgrades and replacements, among other projects; and
  • Sidewalks, bicycle lanes and trails across the county and cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace.

In order to fund the projects, the county will look to voters to approve a one-cent sales tax increase. The proposed tax would generate an estimated $6.1 billion over 30 years.  Additionally, the county plans to seek private funding and state and federal grants to cover the gap between the tax revenue that would be generated and the cost of the proposed projects.

Transportation options set the stage for Tampa’s economic development, lifestyle ratings, and competition with other cities in the national arena. Thus, if we as young professionals want to see improved transportation and more transit options in Tampa, we will have to be a part of this conversation and offer our feedback and suggestions.

The county’s transportation policy leadership group will be meeting on August 12 to review and approve the project list. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the second-floor boardroom at County Center, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, 26th Floor, in Tampa.  While attendees will not be able to give feedback at this meeting, it is a great opportunity for young professionals to become informed for the upcoming Public Engagement Meeting series, where we can give feedback and voice our opinions on the plan.

Read more about the plan here: http://hillsboroughcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=3263.

Be sure to follow In the Loop for more transit updates.