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Tampa joins the New Economy

Daniel F. DeLong
November 22, 2000
LocalBusiness.com

TAMPA, Fla., (LocalBusiness.com) -- Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, who has been trying to get private business fired up about the New Economy, said today that his town will move into the electronic world by contracting with a Kansas company to build a Web portal for the city.

He has hired National Information Consortium Inc. of Overland Park, Kan., to set up the site in time for the city's hosting of Super Bowl XXXV in January.

The portal will offer a range of services from business licensing to utility payment processing, permitting and parking, plus public safety applications.

Tampa will not pay to set up the portal, as the Kansas company will collect a delivery fee on some of the services provided.

No one was available in the Mayor's Office to comment on how the selection of NIC was made or if any local companies were considered.

"Our objective is to leverage technology to provide greatly improved customer service for our citizens and businesses," Greco said in a prepared statement.

The Tampa mayor has been busy trying to stimulate more New Economy growth, reaching out to what's already in place in hope of finding a critical mass that would relocate operations to the city's sleepy downtown.

National Information Consortium focuses on setting up government Websites. The company lost $25.3 million through the first nine months of the year on revenue of $58.2 million.

NIC's stock (Nasdaq: EGOV) was down 13 cents in morning trading at $2.63. The stock's 52-week range is from $2.25 on Oct. 5, to a high of $78 on March 14.

Tampa is the first government in the area to launch a portal to handle payment and licensing services.