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Mayor Bob Buckhorn The Weekly View
Monday, February 20, 2012
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Mayor Buckhorn throws a string of beads at Saturday's Krewe of Sant'Yago Knight Parade.

News Review

  2/15/12 Top Story | Tampa Bay Times: Committee to help Tampa City Hall shake reputation as tough place to do business
  Mayor Buckhorn has made job creation in Tampa his top priority. After seven months of intense study, the Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Committee has produced a report of final recommendations to streamline and simplify Tampa’s permitting process.

"What this report does is give us a great tool to really change the culture, change the process, change the environment down there," said Buckhorn, who often talks about the need to alter Tampa's "economic DNA." The city has already acted on the last recommendation, and Buckhorn said other changes are coming soon.

In the next three to four months, Buckhorn plans to move up to two dozen employees who have responsibilities for reviewing development applications out of their current departments - water, stormwater, solid waste, transportation — and over to the city's construction services center, where development and building permits are reviewed. The idea is to make the permit process less fragmented. Read more about the committee's recommendations.

  2/19/12 Editorial by Mayor Buckhorn: Cuts to USF would carry heavy toll for bay area

Mayor Buckhorn penned a Tampa Bay Times editorial in support of the University of South Florida after learning of the massive cuts the Florida Senate Budget Committee proposed for the university.

The University of South Florida is the state's largest urban university. It is a key driver of the Tampa Bay region's economy with a $3.7 billion annual economic impact, and it is an essential health care provider to thousands of Floridians. And next month it will open the world's most important center for training medical teams for the future of health care, CAMLS, in downtown Tampa.

Our university has made great strides to distinguish itself on a national and international scale as innovative and inventive, remarkably ranking ninth in the world among universities awarded new U.S. patents.

Yet the Florida Senate Budget Committee has proposed a devastating budget cut that will undo six decades of progress in building a world-class university that has served the residents of the Tampa Bay region and state taxpayers very well. Read Mayor Buckhorn's full editorial.

  2/15/12 Tampa Tribune: Zack Street getting a face-lift
  Mayor Buckhorn is connecting two of downtown Tampa’s best assets. Construction has begun on the Zack Street Promenade of the Arts, a project that includes public art and pedestrian-friendly improvements. The corridor spans from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Classic Federal Courthouse Building, which will soon be a boutique hotel.

“It's going to provide an opportunity for a great streetscape, a pedestrian-friendly environment and adding a lot of public art to the pedestrian experience," Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.

Buckhorn said the project is an investment in economic development. He expects it will be good for businesses and downtown Tampa's street life.

Zack will continue to be a two-way street, though lanes will be narrowed as sidewalks are widened. The project will integrate public art and add street lighting, trees, benches and other upgrades. The city doesn't anticipate closing Zack Street during the project. Read more.

  2/13/12 ABC Action News: Downtown Tampa renaissance continues with major new apartment complex
  Mayor Buckhorn joined Related Development LLC for a groundbreaking in downtown’s Channel District. The $55 million complex will house 356 units and includes 4800 square feet of retail space and a lineal park.

Buckhorn said the Tampa rental market is booming and the new development further cements the connection between Ybor City and downtown.

"That the banks are willing to lend and that the developers are willing to invest in Tampa tells you that the demand is there," Buckhorn said.  Watch the full story

Today's Schedule
  Tue Feb 21, 9:30 a.m. Tampa Port Authority Board Meeting
  Thur Feb 23, 6:30 p.m. Florida Holocaust Museum 20th Anniversary Celebration
  Fri Feb 24, 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Remarks - Federal Reserve Workshop
  Fri Feb 24, 9:30 a.m. TBARTA (Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority) Board Meeting
  Sat Feb 25, 9 a.m. First Pitch at the Bayshore Little League Opening Day Ceremonies
  Mon Feb 27, 10 a.m. The Mayor's Hour taping
  Mon Feb 27, 1;30 p.m. Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board meeting
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