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Mayor Bob Buckhorn The Weekly View
Monday, February 6, 2012
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Mayor Buckhorn joined Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez to sign a Memorandum of Intent at the Port of Tampa to promote local exports today.

News Review

  2/2/12 Top Story | Tampa Bay Times: Tampa to do Ashley Drive makeover ahead of Republican National Convention
  Mayor Buckhorn announced the Opportunity Corridors project, an initiative first proposed in his plan, Changing Tampa’s Economic DNA, which is aimed at improving Tampa’s main gateways. The City of Tampa will transform the aesthetics along these routes and make landscaping enhancements in effort to encourage economic development. Ashley Drive is the first corridor to be transformed.

“These corridors are highly traveled gateways leading into our community. For travelers from outside the city or for first-time visitors, they are the front doors to our city,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “We have to leverage these corridors, making them more inviting for residents, visitors, and potential businesses.” Read more.

  2/5/12 Tampa Tribune: City, firefighters reach contract deal
  Tampa’s firefighters voted to approve their new contract.

Union President M.G. Costello said this contract reflects the department's congenial relationship with Buckhorn. "We have a mayor right now who knows and cares about public safety," Costello said. "He's been hanging around the firehouses for years. He knows us."

"As mayor," Mayor Buckhorn said, "I will always refuse to balance the budget on the backs of public servants like the men and women of Tampa Fire Rescue." Read more.

  1/31/12 Fox 13 Survey: 700 tech jobs coming to Tampa

It has taken Mayor Buckhorn less than a year to build a reputation as Tampa's technology mayor and it is easy to see why.

“In an interview at the FOX 13 Studios Monday, Buckhorn said developing 'a new DNA for technology in Tampa' is one of his top priorities.

These are high value jobs that can pay $60,000 to $70,000 a year,” Mayor Buckhorn said.
The mayor said he’s constantly looking for large technology companies to relocate to Tampa, but he says helping to grow companies already here can also produce many jobs.

Buckhorn said he’s talked with leaders in the local tech community about establishing a downtown innovation center for technology." Watch the full report.

  1/30/12 Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Jewish Federation announces plan to transform part of historic Homer Hesterly Armory

Plans were announced to bring another vacant and historic Tampa building, the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, back to life.

"Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation announced it would sign a 99-year lease with an option to buy the southern half of the 10-acre site, including the approximately 75,000-square foot building, to turn it into a Jewish Community Center South Campus." Read more.

Today's Schedule
  Tue Feb 7, 10 a.m. Tampa Police Department Swearing In Ceremony
  Wed Feb 8, 8:30 a.m. Urban Land Institute Rose Fellowship City Visit
  Wed Feb 8, 11 a.m. City of Tampa 24th Annual Black History Month Celebration
  Wed Feb 8,12 p.m. JPMorgan Chase's Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise Celebration
  Thur Feb 9, 7:30 a.m. International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services
  Thur Feb 9, 8:15 a.m. WTIS AM 1110 interview
  Thur Feb 9, 9 a.m. State of Florida Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair
  Thur Feb 9, 11:30 a.m. Florida State Fair Opening Day and Governor's Luncheon
  Fri Feb 10, 9 a.m. Urban Land Institute Rose Fellowship City Visit - Final Panel Presentation
  Fri Feb 10, 11:30 a.m. Krewe of the Knights of Sant'Yago Luncheon
  Fri Feb 10, 6:45 p.m. Inaugural University of Tampa lacrosse game
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