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Mayor Bob Buckhorn The Weekly View
Monday, July 23, 2012
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Mayor Buckhorn interviewed Matt "The Sports Magnet" Walker while shooting The Mayor's Hour at Tropicana Field last Friday. The episode, which premiers next month, also includes interviews with Coach Joe Maddon, Ray's President Matt Silverman, and players David Price and Luke Scott.

News Review

  7/16/12 Top Story | News Channel 8: Mayor Buckhorn hopes RNC will launch spotlight in the Tampa Bay region
  Last Monday, Mayor Buckhorn headed off to Washington, D.C. and New York City on a media tour to promote Tampa. He made stops at Bloomberg, Associated Press, Fox, ABC News, The Washington Times, The National Journal, and more during the two-day whirlwind trip. The Republican National Convention will bring 15,000 credentialed members of the media to Tampa. Mayor Buckhorn’s media tour was part of a larger marketing effort designed to promote the Tampa Bay area in anticipation of the Republican National Convention.

“Many people around the world think Florida consists of Orlando and Miami. When we are done at the end of August, they will know about Tampa, Florida,” said Mayor Buckhorn. Watch the story.

  7/18/12 The Washington Times: Mayor says Tampa ready for GOP invasion
  While the Republican National Convention leaders won’t be trying to wrestle the key to the city from the Mayor, years of hosting Gasparilla and other large-scale events have prepared Tampa well for the Convention. Mayor Buckhorn told The Washington Times that he believes the benefits outweigh the challenges that come with hosting this large-scale event.

“I want my city to shine, and I want to compete with the best cities out there and stand amongst them, so this is the way we do it,” Mayor Buckhorn said. Read More.

  7/19/12 News Channel 8: Convention planners promise lasting improvements
  The Republican National Convention will provide a shot in the arm for the Tampa Bay area at a time when tourism is usually slow. However, the positive effects will extend far beyond that week. The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee has helped line up several legacy projects that visitors won’t be able to take home with them. Tampa will enjoy a more robust wireless network, an acoustic upgrade at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a new KaBOOM playground at Ragan Park, and much more. Read more  
  7/19/12 Tampa Bay Times: Tampa project seeks to re-imagine downtown
  Last April, Mayor Buckhorn launched InVision Tampa, an effort to create a 25-year blueprint to guide the development of Tampa’s urban core. Since then, feedback from citizens has been collected in community meetings and online forums. Have something to add? Two more design workshops are scheduled tonight, Monday July 23 and Thursday July 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Tampa. Read the full story.  
Today's Schedule
  Tue July 24, 2 p.m. Swann Ave Underpass Landscape Improvements Ribbon Cutting
  Tue July 24, 4 p.m. Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc Ribbon Cutting
  Fri July 27, 9 a.m. MacDill Air Force Base Change of Command Ceremony
  Fri July 27, 5 p.m. 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Grand
  Sat July 28, 8 p.m. Floridan Palace Grand Opening
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