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Mayor Bob Buckhorn The Weekly View
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn

Mayor Buckhorn greets a young spectator at yesterday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.

News Review

  1/11/12 Top Story: Buckhorn announces streamlining of permitting system
  Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that the City of Tampa will be investing in a new fully automated, electronic permitting system called Accela Automation. This will provide businesses with easy and convenient online access to permitting, licensing, and asset information and activities.

"It is important to focus both on attracting new business and helping our existing business community. For the homeowner renovating her house or the developer building a high rise, this permitting system will result in quicker permits, less hassle, and more money saved in lost time. Tampa is open for business," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Read more

  1/17/12 Huffington Post | Country in Crisis: Looking to America's mayors to rise to the challenge
  Arianna Huffington penned a column this morning that highlights how our nation’s problems are being solved by mayors in cities all over the country. She cites Mayor Buckhorn’s efforts in Tampa as one example:

“It's our cities, not the nation's capital, that are the real idea factory of our country. This gives our mayors a great opportunity, but also a great challenge…And, much like their constituents, they're increasingly using technology and social media to problem-solve, coalesce, scale-up great ideas, and get the word out on innovative programs."

"In Tampa, a city in which tourism is a major component of economic vitality, Mayor Bob Buckhorn innovatively uses Foursquare to make lists of things for visitors to experience there.”
Read the full story.

  1/16/12 Tampa Tribune: Dock will provide water access to Tampa's Riverwalk

The City of Tampa is utilizing a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Grant and private funding from Friends of the Riverwalk to allow boaters greater access to the Riverwalk. The dock, which will be built in the Garrison Channel by the Tamp Bay History Center, will have slips for eight recreational boats and one water taxi. Construction is expected to start in February or March, and the project will take an estimated six months to complete.

"We have this asset with the water which surrounds our downtown, and we don't really capitalize on it," said Bob McDonaugh, the city's acting administrator for economic development. "Let's use it." Read more in the Tampa Tribune.

  1/13/12 Tampa Bay Times: Tampa water customers to have their meters read monthly by October

At the request of Mayor Bob Buckhorn's administration, City Council members voted last October to switch to the monthly water meter readings, a move that will improve service and accuracy. By October 2012, all customers are expected to be on a monthly meter reading schedule.

"Tampa's water customers need to know that their meter readings are timely and accurate. We have taken a number of steps since April to ensure both, and this is one more," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This transition was long overdue."

A schedule for the transitioning cycles is available online. Read the full story in the Tampa Bay Times.

  1/7/12 Former Mayor Dick Greco interviews Mayor Buckhorn on "The News Hour"
  Former Mayor Dick Greco kicked off the inaugural News Hour show on 820AM by inviting Mayor Buckhorn to chat about the upcoming Republican National Convention, Tampa’s growth, and the challenges of public service. You can listen to clips from the entertaining hour or read Sue Carlton’s recap.
Today's Schedule
  Tues Jan 17, 5 p.m. USF CAMLS Thought Leaders and Key Stakeholders Reception
  Wed Jan 18, 12 p.m. South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon
  Wed Jan 18, 5 p.m. U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting (Washington D.C.)
  Thur Jan 19. U.S. Conference of Mayors (Washington D.C.)
  Fri Jan 20, 8 a.m. Tampa Bay Commercial Real Estate Outlook Conference
  Fri Jan 20, 11 a.m. Mayor's Hour program taping
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