In New Rail Era
Dear Tampa Bay Partnership Investors
marked a historic moment in Florida with Governor Crist signing into law
the Florida Passenger Rail legislation. The leaders of Florida stepped
beyond politics last week to usher our state into a new era of
infrastructure investments, one that features transit. We now have a
stronger position to not only bring home $2.5 billion in high speed rail
funding but have also strengthened our ability to successfully complete
our regional projects. This legislation signifies that the State will be
a strong partner in our regional rail efforts and will have a process to
offer funding and support as we move forward.
The strong leadership and courage
exhibited by our elected leaders last week is on the right track to
finally move our state one step closer to creating the world-class
regional and statewide transportation system that will support the
sustainable, inclusive and productive economy that our citizens demand.
The unflagging leadership of
Governor Crist, Senate President Atwater and Senator Fasano along with
all the leaders in the Florida House put the focus on what is best for
Florida's future. Special thanks goes to Senators Crist, Detert,
Bennett, Jones and Alexander for their support.
The strong outreach from our
investors and the business community of Tampa Bay helped everyone
understand the critical nature of acting now to secure a better future.
We also extend thanks to our
partners around the state, particularly the Central Florida Partnership,
who embraced the idea that this effort will benefit all parts of the
state now has a vision for rail and is building a statewide system that
will truly transport our residents and visitors to where they live, work
As we move ahead and voters are
asked to decide how to invest their resources, we will already be seeing
the benefits of federal investments. We won’t be talking about future
connections but our community will quickly see to major projects that
work together, being built at the same time. This will add not just
momentum, but excitement.
This is not the end of this effort
but the beginning. The Tampa Bay region will continue to move forward to
build a better tomorrow and we look forward to our work with the state
as our strong partner.
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Stuart L. Rogel
Tampa Bay Partnership Elects
The Tampa Bay Partnership elected its
2009-2010 officers at its Annual Meeting & Community Update on
November 20, 2009 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.
Elected Chair for 2009-2010 was Gary
Sasso, President and CEO of Carlton Fields. John Schueler,
President and CEO of Florida Communications Group, was elected Vice
Chair and Chuck Sykes, President and CEO of Sykes Enterprises as
Secretary/Treasurer for the Partnership.
"Despite challenging times, our leaders
are working on many fronts to keep Tampa Bay moving in the right
direction," said Gary Sasso. "We have much work to do. As we
move forward, we will continue to build upon our Model for
See video, photos and media coverage from the Annual Meeting & Community
Update on our Website -
Annual Report Goes Virtual
Tampa Bay Partnership 2009 Annual Report
is now available online. This has been a challenging year for all
of us, but by rallying the leadership of our region, we have continued
to move forward in measurable ways toward a future that has productive,
inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for all.
Throughout the report, we've highlighted key accomplishments from our
Model for Prosperity strategic plan.
In the spirit of conserving our natural
resources and maximizing the investment our investors have made in the
Tampa Bay Partnership, we are saving money and staying green by
producing a "virtual" Annual Report for 2009. You can access it
to Put Transit Sales Tax on Ballot
Hillsborough County commissioners
voted on a resolution to put a 1-cent sales tax increase for mass transit
and road improvements on the ballot in November 2010. This will allow
voters to decide how they want to invest in infrastructure for the
region. The Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force recommended
that 75 percent of the tax proceeds go to mass transit including a
number of new, improved bus lines and a light rail system connecting
downtown Tampa with the University of South Florida and the Westshore
Business District. Community meetings to take input on proposed bus and
rail line routes as well as potential road improvements will be held in
January and February.
Florida's High Speed Rail effort
ConnectUs, the grassroots campaign to
support Florida's high speed rail bid, is working hard to sign up
100,000 citizens to show broad support for this effort. If you
haven't already done so, visit
www.fastrailconnectus.com to add
your name to the ConnectUs effort and sign up for updates.
Congress of Regional Leaders to Convene
in Spring 2010
the past 2 ½ years, the ONE BAY: Livable Communities initiative has
drawn upon thousands of citizens to create a shared regional vision to
plan for where future population and employment growth shall go through
responsible land use, mobility, and environmental sustainability.
The next phase will be the Inaugural "Congress of Regional Leaders."
The goal of this summit will be to attract each and every
elected official, influencer, business and civic leader to the table to
foster collaboration and identify regionally specific challenges and
opportunities for federal, state and local housing and transportation
funding. The event will be held in early March and a date and
location will be announced soon.
News Around The Region
Hillsborough County Public
Schools Celebrate $100 Million Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates
400 leaders celebrated the awarding of a $100 million grant from the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Hillsborough County Public Schools to
launch a groundbreaking initiative to support effective teaching and
raise student achievement.
Gates Foundation officials noted the district’s
commitment to significant reform and the collaborative working
relationship between the school district and the Classroom Teachers
SRI International to Dedicate
New Research Facility
in St. Petersburg
International will be officially dedicating its new
37,000-square-foot research facility on the Bayboro Harbor of St.
Petersburg on Friday, December 18, 2009. SRI International is part
of newly announced cluster of oceanographic institutions named the St.
Petersburg Ocean Team which includes University of South Florida St.
Petersburg, USF’s College of Marine Science and its Center for Ocean
Technology, USF’s Research Foundation, SRI St. Petersburg, Florida
Institute of Oceanography, International Ocean Institute - USA, Tampa
Bay Estuary Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Geological Survey Center for
Coastal and Wetland Studies, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the city of St.
Petersburg, The Pier Aquarium and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector St.
TBARTA Elects 2010 Officers
Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority elected its 2010
officers at its monthly Board Meeting in December. Ronnie Duncan
was named Chairman of TBARTA, Mayor Frank Hibbard, City of Clearwater,
was named Vice Chairman, and Pasco County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand and
Hugh McGuire were named secretary and treasurer, respectively.
Commissioner John Thrumston of Citrus County was also elected to the
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