TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - CRA MEETING
Thursday, January 13, 2011
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08:51:11 >>GWEN MILLER: The meeting will come to order.
09:08:05 The chair will yield to Mr. Curtis.
09:08:07 >>CURTIS STOKES: Thank you, Madam Chairwoman.
09:08:11 I would like to introduce the reverend Bartholomew
09:08:13 Banks, Sr.
09:08:16 Reverend Banks was installed as a pastor of St. John's.
09:08:26 He was elected president before progressive missionary
09:08:29 and the educational Baptist state convention of
09:08:33 Reverend Banks earned his master's degree in Dallas,
09:08:36 Texas, theological seminary, and Florida beacon college
09:08:40 seminary in Jacksonville, Florida.
09:08:43 Dr. Banks has a degree from Savannah, Georgia.
09:08:48 And I won't hold this against him.
09:08:50 He's a member of the Omega Psi Delta.
09:08:58 Reverend Banks is employed by the Hillsborough County
09:09:00 Board of County Commissioners and serves as social
09:09:02 services director.
09:09:04 Reverend Banks motto is to teach, to preach, and to
09:09:13 He has the wisdom, vision and leadership and
09:09:16 perseverance which hold true that he is a man of God,
09:09:22 and confirmed by over 2,000 members that he needs.
09:09:26 Reverend Banks is the father of four and has four
09:09:29 Reverend Banks, thank you very much, sir.
09:09:30 >>GWEN MILLER: Will you please stand and remain
09:09:32 standing for the pledge of allegiance?
09:09:34 >> Reverend Banks: Thank you very much.
09:09:39 Gracious and heavenly father, we come into your
09:09:41 presence with Thanksgiving in our hearts to thank you
09:09:43 for the many blessings that you continue to allow us to
09:09:47 We thank you for the privilege of living in this great
09:09:49 country and this great community and allow us the
09:09:52 opportunity to serve our community in so many ways.
09:09:54 Lord, we pause and ask your blessing upon those who are
09:09:58 victims of the tragedy in Tucson, and we ask for divine
09:10:03 guidance for those who deal whenever that situation.
09:10:06 We pray for our men and women serving us in foreign
09:10:08 lands as well as those in uniform who protect us in our
09:10:11 We ask now your blessing upon this setting today that
09:10:16 those things that are said and done will be beneficial
09:10:19 to the betterment of our community.
09:10:21 In your name we pray.
09:10:43 >>GWEN MILLER: Roll call.
09:10:44 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Here.
09:10:47 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.
09:10:47 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Here.
09:10:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:10:49 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
09:10:51 >>CURTIS STOKES: Here.
09:10:51 >>GWEN MILLER: Here.
09:10:52 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you, reverend Banks.
09:10:58 Have a good day.
09:10:59 >>MARK HUEY: Economic development administrator.
09:11:04 Was there still interest of in revising the agenda?
09:11:09 So that we would take first the appointment process of
09:11:12 our community advisory committee?
09:11:14 >>GWEN MILLER: Correct.
09:11:14 Mr. Miranda has to leave.
09:11:16 >>MARK HUEY: Those would be items 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
09:11:23 And we are following the same process that we have been
09:11:26 following in past years to make these important
09:11:30 appointments to your advisory committee.
09:11:32 We started the process last year.
09:11:34 We have been keeping you updated on a monthly basis.
09:11:38 And so before you, for each of the CRAs that have
09:11:43 advisory committee openings, you have the applications
09:11:45 for all of those who have applied, and you also have a
09:11:51 matrix that we put together, the staff did, to try to
09:11:56 orient you quickly to the qualifications and background
09:12:00 of each of the advisory committee members, or the
09:12:03 applicants, and also the backgrounds and qualifications
09:12:08 of those who currently serve.
09:12:10 So we hope that's helpful to you as you go through the
09:12:17 balloting process.
09:12:18 I think the clerk's office is prow providing you
09:12:22 Do you have the ballots?
09:12:23 >>GWEN MILLER: Yes, we have.
09:12:24 >>MARK HUEY: Some of the boards today have just enough
09:12:29 applicants to fill the seats, but others have more
09:12:31 applicants than there are seats available, so your
09:12:35 voting will be particularly important.
09:12:36 And that would include your first advisory committee
09:12:40 which is for the Central Park redevelopment area.
09:12:43 There you see we have three applicants for those
09:12:48 And again you have the information before you about
09:12:54 I believe some of them are here and would welcome the
09:12:57 chance to introduce themselves to you personally.
09:13:01 And if you would like to entertain that, we could have
09:13:03 that come up.
09:13:04 >>GWEN MILLER: Do you want to hear?
09:13:06 Yes, we want to hear.
09:13:07 >>MARK HUEY: Are there any others?
09:13:11 Would you like to come up and say a word?
09:13:13 >> Good morning, council.
09:13:21 My name is Fred Hearns, and I have applied for the
09:13:28 Central Park advisory committee.
09:13:30 For 32 years I worked with the City of Tampa.
09:13:32 I retired four years ago.
09:13:34 I was director of the department of community affairs.
09:13:37 During the last 15 years, my employment with the city,
09:13:40 I was responsible for the CDBG community development
09:13:44 advisory group, citizen advisory committee.
09:13:49 I think we did an excellent job working with the
09:13:51 neighborhood groups.
09:13:53 Actually, the Department of Community Affairs was
09:13:57 involved in helping to organize the very first
09:13:59 community group, which was the East Tampa, at that time
09:14:03 Belmont Heights civic association, and of course we
09:14:06 have come a long way since that time in working with
09:14:08 the citizens.
09:14:10 Also during my tenure with the city, during the last
09:14:14 few years, we were very involved with the Central Park
09:14:17 neighborhood, and we helped to organize the Central
09:14:20 Park celebration which was held for three years, last
09:14:25 three years of my employment with the city, and of
09:14:34 course city staff working with the residents of Central
09:14:38 Park Village.
09:14:40 I have actually been involved with that neighborhood
09:14:41 since I was about 13 years old when I was a Boy Scout
09:14:45 at the Allen temple AME church, and of course over the
09:14:51 years involved with little league and other activities
09:14:54 supporting the residents of Central Park.
09:14:57 Currently I'm president of the Roberts founders library
09:15:01 foundation, located 1515 north Nebraska, right in the
09:15:06 heart of the Central Park area, working to raise funds
09:15:12 to support the library, the Booker T. Washington
09:15:16 school, and a number of events that I am involved in
09:15:19 that relate to that community.
09:15:21 I would very much like to serve on that committee and
09:15:23 ask for your support.
09:15:24 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:15:46 Anyone else that's going to speak, we have one minute.
09:15:48 >>MARK HUEY: Central Park?
09:15:54 >>CHAIRMAN: That's all we have, one?
09:15:58 >>MARK HUEY: He's the only one of the three that was
09:16:02 >>GWEN MILLER: How many do have we need to select?
09:16:06 Just one person?
09:16:07 >>MARK HUEY: One of the three.
09:16:08 >>GWEN MILLER: Okay.
09:17:04 >>MARK HUEY: Do you want to the move on?
09:17:04 Does everyone have that ballot?
09:17:05 You see we are picking four out of eight who have
09:17:10 And the number of those applicants are returning former
09:17:14 community advisory committee members, and some are new.
09:17:22 Anyone on the advisory committee that would like to
09:17:23 introduce themselves?
09:17:24 >> Good morning.
09:17:30 My name is Hunter Jones. I have served on the advisory
09:17:34 committee since its inception in 2008.
09:17:38 Just a little background.
09:17:39 I grew up in the Tampa Bay area and studied finance and
09:17:43 real estate at Florida State University.
09:17:44 For the past four and a half years, I have worked at
09:17:49 master development group here in Tampa, and we have a
09:17:51 realty development and business interests throughout
09:17:57 I also serve as the young leaders group chair of the
09:17:58 local Urban Land Institute, district council, and work
09:18:02 with the Tampa downtown partnership in a wide range of
09:18:06 activities, and look for your support to remain on the
09:18:10 board and hope to continue the good work that we are
09:18:13 doing there.
09:18:13 Thank you.
09:18:13 >> My name is Mark Alma.
09:18:29 I'm an owner and resident in the Channel District.
09:18:32 I currently serve as the vice chair.
09:18:35 Just to give you a little information, spent the last
09:18:37 two years getting informed.
09:18:38 As you know this was a new board for the Channel
09:18:40 District, and I have attended a couple mini conferences
09:18:43 here in Orlando to help develop the neighborhood with
09:18:49 today's economic times, with the limited budgets, as
09:18:52 well as I have taken the last two years to listen to
09:18:54 the residents, and new businesses, to see what we can
09:18:57 do here to make this a better place to move and to
09:19:00 And I would ask that you would please reappoint me to
09:19:03 the commission.
09:19:10 Thank you.
09:19:20 >> Good morning.
09:19:21 My name is Andrea Alderman, applying for member of the
09:19:29 Channel District.
09:19:31 I have a personal interest in see the area to grow and
09:19:37 continue to be a mixed use urban environment.
09:19:38 My background, I was a paralegal for hill ward
09:19:44 Henderson real estate department.
09:19:45 I'm a third year law student at Stetson university.
09:19:46 I have a special interest in land use and development.
09:19:49 And I would like to support my community.
09:19:53 Thank you.
09:19:53 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:20:10 Is anyone else here from the district?
09:20:11 >>MARK HUEY: There are two ex-officio positions.
09:20:14 And there you are just ratifying.
09:20:18 Those have been the represents selected respectively
09:20:20 from the downtown partnership and the Tampa Port
09:20:24 So you are just acknowledging your support for their
09:20:26 recommended representative.
09:20:31 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Put a check mark by those two names
09:20:39 >> Yes.
09:20:40 >>MARY MULHERN: And the others are voting members.
09:20:43 >>MARK HUEY: And Thom Stork who you all know is the
09:20:47 president of the Florida Aquarium is out of town today
09:20:51 and couldn't be here.
09:20:52 He has been serving on the advisory committee.
09:20:57 I will also note that Mr. Hearns, Charles, Fred, Hearns
09:21:04 is now on the community advisory committee for Central
09:21:12 He didn't say he was a historian.
09:21:13 He taught me more about the history of Central Park
09:21:14 than just about anybody and we are glad you are going
09:21:16 to serve there.
09:21:17 Thank you.
09:21:22 Are we ready to accept those ballots?
09:21:25 Our next one will be downtown.
09:21:29 Everyone has those ballots.
09:21:33 There you have five openings.
09:21:42 As you can see, you have seven applicants for those
09:21:43 five positions.
09:21:44 There are also two ex-officio ratifications that you
09:21:49 are doing, one from the uptown council, Harry Hedges
09:21:53 and Nancy Kipnis, downtown partnership is recommending
09:21:57 her representation.
09:22:01 Are there applicants for the downtown CAC that would
09:22:08 like to address the board?
09:22:17 >> Good morning.
09:22:18 My name is Jason Watson.
09:22:20 I'm past chairman of the downtown community advisory
09:22:24 I have been before you a few times with updates in the
09:22:25 past three years.
09:22:26 I have appreciated the opportunity to serve so far,
09:22:28 would like to continue to do so.
09:22:30 Some brief background.
09:22:33 I am an attorney practicing here in Tampa.
09:22:36 Ever since I moved here which is about four years ago,
09:22:38 so shortly before I was appointed.
09:22:40 I have had a very active interest in downtown.
09:22:43 That's why I sought to run the first time around and I
09:22:45 appreciate the opportunity to represent downtown for
09:22:47 the past three years and would like to continue doing
09:22:51 I also have a master's degree in public administration.
09:22:53 And I also think that as far as the board is concerned,
09:22:56 I have a relatively unique demographic.
09:23:04 I am the only young professional on the board.
09:23:05 I think that's a target downtown to use.
09:23:10 And I'm very impressed with the progress in the
09:23:12 downtown the past three years, with Curtis Hixon park.
09:23:15 There's been a lot of very exciting developments that
09:23:17 have taken place and I would really like to continue on
09:23:20 to see the growth and activity.
09:23:22 Thank you for your time.
09:23:28 >> I'm Dianne Jacob.
09:23:30 And currently I'm senior vice-president of marketing of
09:23:35 Tampa Bay and company.
09:23:35 Certainly in that position I have a vested interest in
09:23:37 seeing our downtown product being the best that it can
09:23:41 be so that it presents itself well to visitors so that
09:23:43 we have the best marketable position that we can for
09:23:48 the City of Tampa.
09:23:48 My background includes -- I have a design degree.
09:23:52 I spent 12 years doing commercial interior design.
09:23:57 Following that, I was with two development companies
09:23:57 here in Tampa, and watched the downtown growth through
09:23:57 that, and had a ten-year career in the commercial
09:24:08 construction industry and now in the tourism industry
09:24:11 doing marketing.
09:24:13 So that being the case, I feel that I have quite a
09:24:16 background that is efficient to carry the load.
09:24:20 Currently I am the chair of the CAC in downtown and I
09:24:24 would like to continue in that position.
09:24:26 Thank you.
09:24:35 >> I'm Meg Lashley, a former resident of downtown Tampa
09:24:40 and I do work in Tampa.
09:24:41 I work for an engineering firm.
09:24:43 My background is in architecture and construction.
09:24:45 I have a high level of interest in seeing the community
09:24:49 continue to grow.
09:24:50 And there's a lot of opportunity with programming at
09:24:53 the Curtis Hixon park and opportunities that downtown
09:24:56 presents for its residents and the community, and the
09:25:02 people that work here and the visitors to Tampa.
09:25:03 I'm currently the vice chair of our group, and I would
09:25:06 like to continue in that role.
09:25:09 Thank you.
09:25:17 >> My name is Adam Vosding, employed by Publix
09:25:24 supermarkets right now, the real estate side of the
09:25:26 department with Publix.
09:25:27 I'm responsible for finding new sites and Georgia and
09:25:33 South Carolina and Tennessee.
09:25:34 I have actually just moved down to Harbor Island in the
09:25:37 past six months.
09:25:40 And I have lived in Tampa since 2001.
09:25:42 I graduated from the University of Florida.
09:25:47 Very happy to live in downtown Tampa.
09:25:49 I have an extreme passion for traveling and I like to
09:25:52 brag about Tampa.
09:25:53 I would just like to be part of continued growth.
09:25:55 I thank you for your consideration.
09:26:08 >>MARK HUEY: I also wanted to note for the record,
09:26:10 Eddie Diaz listed first on the ballot, his
09:26:14 mother-in-law passed away this morning.
09:26:15 Otherwise, he would have been here.
09:26:18 So he did call in and let us know about that.
09:26:29 >>CURTIS STOKES: Are we ratifying as well?
09:26:33 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, you are.
09:26:47 Let me read you the results of the Channel District
09:26:50 You have elected Andrea Alderman, Mark Alma, Hunter
09:26:56 Jones, and Thom Stork.
09:27:01 So congratulations to those candidates.
09:27:05 And of course Kelko Kirincich and Alexander Petrilak to
09:27:13 serve ex-officio.
09:27:17 The next two are more straightforward.
09:27:18 Drew Park, you have just enough applicants to fill the
09:27:20 two vacancies.
09:27:25 You have got two for two.
09:27:26 And you do have two ex-officio members to ratify.
09:27:29 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Move the slate.
09:27:37 >> Second.
09:27:39 >>MARK HUEY: The same with the Tampa Heights.
09:27:41 You have one applicant for the one vacancy.
09:27:50 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: (off microphone).
09:27:52 >>GWEN MILLER: Move both of them then.
09:27:54 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Move both of those by acclamation.
09:27:59 >>GWEN MILLER: All in favor?
09:28:14 >>MARK HUEY: I think we are finishing up the ballot
09:29:44 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Madam Chair, maybe while she is
09:29:45 counting down we can move to the monthly report from
09:29:53 Ms. Jacob.
09:29:53 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.
09:29:58 Should we do that?
09:29:59 >>GWEN MILLER: I thought she had finished.
09:30:01 >>MARK HUEY: As is customary, you have one of the
09:30:08 presidents of your advisory committees, your
09:30:10 chairperson, Dianne Jacob from the downtown community
09:30:14 advisory committee here this morning.
09:30:16 >> Good morning again.
09:30:20 The downtown area advisory board has spent considerable
09:30:24 time assisting efforts to activate the downtown on
09:30:27 nights and weekends in supporting organizations staging
09:30:32 That's been our emphasis, to try to support things that
09:30:33 are upstart, so things can continue to grow, and then
09:30:37 no longer need our support.
09:30:40 Examples include Ecolution with organic food and wine
09:30:48 component and it has helped to activate both Lykes and
09:30:52 Cotanchobee park.
09:30:56 If you haven't seen this event you should see it.
09:30:57 It's a crazy event.
09:30:58 It has brought bicycle riders and their families and
09:31:04 friends from all over the southeast to enjoy our warm
09:31:05 Tampa hospitality and race their bicycles at incredible
09:31:12 speeds through the streets of downtown.
09:31:12 And again it's a crazy event but it's fun to watch.
09:31:15 The concert series in cooperation whenever the City of
09:31:22 Tampa Parks Department.
09:31:23 We assisted in bringing the concert series back to
09:31:26 downtown to be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.
09:31:30 The advisory board also helped direct funding to bring
09:31:34 Santa fest back downtown.
09:31:36 CRA funds have been used in Curtis Hixon park to
09:31:39 upgrade the electrical system to allow events that
09:31:42 require heavier electrical service to be held in the
09:31:45 One of those things that was engineered out of Curtis
09:31:48 Hixon park for budget reasons.
09:31:52 And through our efforts and helping to bring issues
09:31:59 back to downtown, we found that was a necessary part of
09:32:00 what events need is that electrical service.
09:32:08 In an event that was instrumental in bringing that back
09:32:09 with recent holiday ice skating rinks which was
09:32:13 subsidized as well.
09:32:16 The Parks Department reported over 20,000 people
09:32:19 enjoyed the rink while it was in Curtis Hixon park.
09:32:22 The great synergism with the museums and could see a
09:32:25 lot of families using it.
09:32:27 It's a wonderful thing.
09:32:27 A program that brings a sculpture collection downtown
09:32:27 is partially funded by the CRA as well.
09:32:34 Improvements in streetlighting and landscaping have
09:32:37 also been funded through our recommendation.
09:32:43 A valuable resource that we now provide is a sounding
09:32:48 board for complaints for downtown residents and
09:32:49 businesses in our downtown.
09:32:50 Previously since there were so few residents downtown
09:32:54 there, were no vehicles set up with that for the CRA we
09:32:56 are finding that is a valuable resource that we
09:33:02 Our advisory board has contact with hundreds of
09:33:03 businesses and residents each month and provides an
09:33:06 open channel of communication with the City of Tampa of
09:33:10 the needs of the district.
09:33:10 Looking ahead, future plans include additional
09:33:12 landscaping, beautification projects, and the
09:33:17 attractions of major wine and food festival downtown.
09:33:19 Any questions?
09:33:20 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you very much.
09:33:28 >>GWEN MILLER: Great job.
09:33:29 >>THOMAS SCOTT: And I want to make mention, too, I know
09:33:30 that in Curtis Hixon park this year for the first time
09:33:34 I believe we are going to have the whole week of the
09:33:36 black heritage festival at Curtis Hixon park, and I
09:33:41 think that starts Sunday, a jazz concert, and a number
09:33:44 of other activities going to be going on all week long
09:33:49 starting Sunday, I believe.
09:33:49 >>MARY MULHERN: I just wanted to say I spent a lot of
09:33:56 time in the park over the holiday, and it was amazing.
09:33:57 That ice rink was packed with people.
09:34:00 And the diversity of people there, and one thing I
09:34:04 found really interesting because I was asking people if
09:34:05 they happened to live in the City of Tampa, that there
09:34:10 were so many tourists there, and that there were people
09:34:13 from Pinellas and Clearwater, which I thought was
09:34:16 fantastic because people from the beaches were coming
09:34:20 over to Tampa for their entertainment.
09:34:26 And that playground in the park was all people from the
09:34:30 City of Tampa.
09:34:30 So you were serving, you know, international tourists,
09:34:33 people from the Tampa Bay area, people who live in the
09:34:36 City of Tampa was just wonderful.
09:34:38 And the mood there was just so nice, the family
09:34:43 atmosphere, and especially because it was warm but not
09:34:47 So I think you are doing a great job.
09:34:50 Kudos to everybody, to the mayor and to the downtown
09:34:53 partnership and to the CRA and your citizens advisory
09:34:59 Doing a great job.
09:35:00 >> In another capacity I serve as the chairman of the
09:35:03 Glazer children's museum board, and the synergy between
09:35:09 the park and museum is incredible.
09:35:10 >>MARY MULHERN: Right.
09:35:11 It was incredible.
09:35:12 People come out of those museums and automatically walk
09:35:15 into the park, have lunch in the park or go to the
09:35:17 museum, and get their lunch from there.
09:35:20 It was great.
09:35:21 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Are you ready?
09:35:33 >>MARK HUEY: I would like to announce your elections
09:35:35 to the downtown advisory committee and they include the
09:35:40 following five: Eddie Diaz, Dianne Jacob, Meg Lashley,
09:35:44 Adam Vosding and Jason Watson.
09:35:47 And of course you ratified Harry hedges and Nancy
09:35:55 So we have a great group again for the downtown
09:35:57 advisory committee.
09:35:57 >>GWEN MILLER: We will go to item number 2.
09:36:04 >>MARK HUEY: This is the monthly report on the CRA
09:36:08 As you can see, again lots of things going on around
09:36:12 the redevelopment areas.
09:36:17 We had a wonderful community meeting in East Tampa on
09:36:19 Tuesday that you hosted town hall meeting.
09:36:23 I didn't really get a count.
09:36:25 Must have been 200 community citizens there.
09:36:30 And certainly a highlight of activities.
09:36:36 In downtown, that same day, that morning, celebrated
09:36:39 the groundbreaking of the CAMLS project which you
09:36:43 supported, the council and as a board.
09:36:49 The Curtis Hixon park and all the holiday activities
09:36:51 has already been talked about.
09:36:54 In the channel district, the Wassington Street
09:36:57 construction project is moving along well.
09:36:59 The park bidding process for our first pocket park in
09:37:04 the Channel District is moving along.
09:37:05 Ybor City had great arts in the parks success in the
09:37:11 past month.
09:37:12 We have been working hard, not just Ybor City but East
09:37:17 Tampa as well on a transfer agreement relating to
09:37:19 21st and 22nd street which is going to be
09:37:21 important, particularly to Ybor City.
09:37:26 As part of the Crosstown expressway expansion project,
09:37:28 the Crosstown connector, those streets will be coming
09:37:35 back to the city and FDOT will be making enhancements
09:37:36 to them, and really will help them, instead of those
09:37:42 streets being throughways and freeways, sometimes in
09:37:45 Ybor City, they will actually now through the
09:37:50 improvements that will be made help connect the
09:37:50 pedestrian grid of Ybor City and enhance East Tampa as
09:37:56 Working on impact fee exemptions as an incentive in
09:38:00 Ybor City, Drew Park, board member Miranda left because
09:38:07 there is a ribbon cutting this morning on the Mercedes
09:38:11 Benz dealership, very significant investment of in Drew
09:38:14 Park, being celebrated today.
09:38:16 With the police department, we launched a bike patrol
09:38:20 this past month, which the neighbors in Drew Park are
09:38:25 appreciative of.
09:38:26 We started developing a streetscape and beautification
09:38:31 planned process in East Tampa.
09:38:32 The 22nd street beautification project is continuing
09:38:38 along well.
09:38:38 We are looking forward to a March completion of that
09:38:40 and celebration.
09:38:42 The height of significance, as you were aware, Fifth
09:38:46 Third Bank was marketing the note that they have on the
09:38:52 project there, and it was sold in December, and so
09:38:56 there's a new owner, and we hope of that will result in
09:38:59 some progress and momentum there.
09:39:02 In Central Park, dirt is flying as the infrastructure
09:39:07 activity is occurring, and the permitting for their
09:39:13 first vertical project is nearing completion, the ELLA.
09:39:16 And we submitted -- or we supported their submission of
09:39:20 a $15 million grant to the federal government under the
09:39:23 neighborhood choice program.
09:39:25 Part of the proceeds of which would help get another
09:39:27 building going, building called the re-building and
09:39:32 would also provide funding toward the improvements of
09:39:33 Perry Harvey park.
09:39:41 Again lots of things going.
09:39:42 We have your quarterly financial reports.
09:39:44 And we are working on the annual report for the
09:39:46 redevelopment agency which will be completed in the
09:39:48 next month.
09:39:49 So, again, lots of activities going on.
09:39:53 We would be happy to answer any questions, and just
09:39:55 appreciate your support all along the way.
09:39:56 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Thank you, Madam Chair.
09:40:00 Let me just say, council, I think we made our rounds
09:40:04 over the last couple of years, all the different CRAs
09:40:07 in terms of public meetings.
09:40:09 I want to say to Ms. Best -- would you come down,
09:40:17 Ms. Best has been one of the most active persons in
09:40:19 East Tampa with Tampa CRA and has gotten the community
09:40:26 very much involved, and I will tell you, it was a
09:40:29 wonderful experience on this past Tuesday night there
09:40:35 to see over 150 people that turned out.
09:40:42 And the first time was in East Tampa it was a large
09:40:45 crowd as well, I recall.
09:40:47 And so I know a lot of this is your efforts, your
09:40:48 involvement, and encouraging people to participate.
09:40:51 And it's good to be see that in these CRAs, that
09:40:56 these different communities are participating and
09:40:59 involved, and I want to thank you here today publicly,
09:41:06 and hopefully as time goes we can do something more
09:41:08 significant that will recognize many of the
09:41:09 contributions that you have made and others, part of
09:41:13 the team.
09:41:14 It's so important to have the community involved and to
09:41:19 see that kind of participation is a great turnout, and
09:41:21 I thoroughly enjoyed it.
09:41:22 I want to thank you.
09:41:22 >>> Thank you, thank you.
09:41:28 >> I would like to be tab this opportunity to thank my
09:41:33 colleagues for agreeing with me when we were trying to
09:41:35 decide which meeting to have first.
09:41:38 And I have asked for East Tampa community meetings,
09:41:41 because it is our largest CRA, and so much activity has
09:41:47 happened and is still happening there, and it was
09:41:49 really impressive to see the turnout.
09:41:52 What a wonderful job you all are doing down there.
09:41:57 My hat's off to you.
09:41:58 It was wonderful.
09:42:01 It was a wonderful -- to listen, to hear everyone speak
09:42:07 and thank you so much.
09:42:11 Thank you very much.
09:42:12 Thank you all.
09:42:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Do you want to the say something, Ms.
09:42:17 I know you want to say something.
09:42:18 [ Laughter ]
09:42:20 >> I just want to thank you, Chairman Miller, for
09:42:25 giving me the opportunity to shop case East Tampa in
09:42:30 East Tampa style, meaning that we want to make sure --
09:42:34 we knew we would have first-time persons attending our
09:42:39 meeting, and we wanted to expose them to our progress
09:42:42 by showcasing all the progress that we have done.
09:42:47 I would not stand here without saying that I have a
09:42:51 good team, and that is the secret to East Tampa.
09:42:55 We are a family.
09:42:56 And when we know that company is coming, we clean up,
09:43:02 make sure we have everything in order, and we make sure
09:43:04 that you will feel welcome, and I can't say enough in
09:43:08 terms of the efforts of a lot of persons behind the
09:43:12 scene helping me do in.
09:43:13 And thank you very much.
09:43:14 >>GWEN MILLER: I was so honored to see so many new
09:43:21 The new ones, a lot of them who never attended these
09:43:26 meetings and they were involved with some great ideas,
09:43:28 so keep doing that work you are doing.
09:43:30 >>MARY MULHERN: I just wanted to say thank you and how
09:43:35 impressed I was and tell the other CRA committees who
09:43:39 are here that I know that they did get so many new
09:43:43 people there.
09:43:44 I accidentally got there early.
09:43:46 I'm never early but it was great because I was able to
09:43:48 talk to a lot of people there, and a good proportion of
09:43:54 the people of that I met, they said, this is my first
09:43:56 time here.
09:43:57 And so not only was it their first time but they saw
09:44:00 this huge turnout.
09:44:01 They saw the incredible involvement of their
09:44:06 Everyone had great questions.
09:44:07 They saw your presentation about what you have done.
09:44:10 But I just want to tell all the other CRAs that I
09:44:13 know the way that East Tampa got those people there was
09:44:17 they went out and they did some grassroots flyers
09:44:22 telling everyone the meeting was happening.
09:44:22 So I know to get involvement, broaden the involvement
09:44:29 from the neighborhoods and the CRA advisory boards,
09:44:33 print out flyers and go door to door and it worked.
09:44:39 Thank you for hosting that.
09:44:40 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: I was impressed with the
09:44:45 presentation and all your speakers, and it's evident of
09:44:47 that we need sidewalks.
09:44:52 Mr. Huey says he has some money somewheres.
09:44:54 >> Okay.
09:44:57 Thank you for giving me that.
09:44:58 Thank you.
09:45:00 Thank you very much.
09:45:01 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:45:01 Continue the good work you are doing.
09:45:05 Mr. Huey, Reverend Scott has a question for you.
09:45:09 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Let me also say, I would be remiss to
09:45:11 say that we do appreciate the administration and the
09:45:14 staff that works in East Tampa.
09:45:15 I know eight years and this staff deserves a lot of
09:45:22 There is a lot of improvement that is going on in East
09:45:24 I see it all the time, particularly a lot going on on
09:45:29 22nd street.
09:45:30 And so I would be remiss if I did not recognize Ed.
09:45:39 Who are all working with Ed?
09:45:41 Why don't you all stand so we know who you are?
09:45:44 So thank you all.
09:45:54 I thank them for what they are doing in East Tampa and
09:45:56 really coming together.
09:45:57 I guess the question I want to ask you is, there were a
09:46:00 lot of issues that were raised.
09:46:01 I just want to make sure that you all are following up
09:46:03 on those issues that were raised on Tuesday night, and
09:46:06 that you are going to be addressing those.
09:46:09 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, we have taken a record of all the
09:46:12 different things.
09:46:13 In fact, we'll get each of you some notes if you would
09:46:14 like on all of the items that came up so you will have
09:46:16 a record and help hold us accountable.
09:46:20 I know you are good at that.
09:46:21 But we will hold ourselves accountable to responding to
09:46:25 all the questions and issues that came up.
09:46:27 And some of that is already underway.
09:46:29 We won't wait till -- we are already following up on
09:46:33 some of the items.
09:46:37 Thank you all for taking time to come out.
09:46:38 I know the community really pressures when the board
09:46:40 takes the time and significant couple of hours to come
09:46:44 and sit with the community and listen.
09:46:47 It means a lot to our redevelopment efforts.
09:46:49 >>GWEN MILLER: Item number 3.
09:46:57 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I would like to point out something
09:46:58 that impressed me when I was listening about the Fifth
09:47:03 Third Bank that is there.
09:47:05 In a year and a half, $15 million in depository, and
09:47:15 really what I look at is and take note, that is a
09:47:19 marketing -- wonderful marketing tool for East Tampa.
09:47:22 It's not all going there.
09:47:24 It's coming back.
09:47:26 So I was very impressed with that.
09:47:32 That's just music for marketing.
09:47:36 Thank you.
09:47:37 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I think the important thing to note is
09:47:38 that the CRA is working and that it is bringing in new
09:47:43 development, jobs, and that sort of thing, you know.
09:47:45 So I think that is something that needs to be
09:47:49 highlighted, and you know because the Suncoast has
09:47:53 moved out of that building.
09:47:55 They had to come back.
09:47:56 Bank of America has been there.
09:47:58 They never moved but they have a significant amount of
09:48:03 depository so that tells you that the CRA,
09:48:06 redevelopment area, is working.
09:48:07 >>MARK HUEY: And the other thing, something that ed
09:48:15 and his team did a great job promoting, East Tampa is a
09:48:17 great market to be in.
09:48:18 If you are a private business out there, and you know
09:48:20 We have businesses right now looking at coming into
09:48:24 East Tampa, because they are seeing the success of
09:48:26 fifth third.
09:48:27 They are seeing the success of the other businesses.
09:48:30 Retailers have come in.
09:48:31 And I think we have constantly tried to promote that
09:48:36 East Tampa is much more from a market standpoint than
09:48:37 what it appears if you just drive around.
09:48:40 And there are a lot of citizens there who are eager to
09:48:44 support businesses that come into the neighborhood.
09:48:48 And we'll continue to shop that message.
09:48:51 >>THOMAS SCOTT: And another good example of industry
09:48:56 that has come in and taken advantage of the TIF dollars
09:49:03 and the QTI.
09:49:05 >>CURTIS STOKES: I can't speak on behalf of the bank,
09:49:08 but we owe the process to Ed Johnson who was there
09:49:11 every step of the way, from acquisition to ribbon
09:49:16 Ed Johnson played a tremendous role and helping guide
09:49:22 the bank, so we thank you very much on behalf of the
09:49:25 >>GWEN MILLER: Item number 3.
09:49:30 >>MARK HUEY: Item 3 is a discussion item relating to
09:49:33 new incentive program that is being put in place in
09:49:37 Hillsborough County, and as council last week, you took
09:49:41 the action to be allow City of Tampa voters to vote on
09:49:48 including the City of Tampa in an additional way, in
09:49:50 this property tax exemption program.
09:49:52 The program is simple.
09:49:53 For certain types of businesses, as we will discuss
09:49:56 more in the future, we would provide a property tax
09:50:00 exemption, if they would come into our area and create
09:50:04 jobs and create capital investment.
09:50:05 There is one matter that has come up that the Board of
09:50:07 County Commissioners asks you to give some thought to
09:50:13 and give feedback to them.
09:50:14 As the program would work, essentially a new business,
09:50:21 the new capital investment, the new investment that
09:50:22 they would make in a property or in equipment would be
09:50:24 taken off the tax rolls.
09:50:29 That's what an exemption means.
09:50:30 That new value, that new increment of value that they
09:50:33 would be creating that normally would be assessed with
09:50:36 a millage, and they would be property taxed -- would
09:50:39 pay property taxes based on, that would be exempted out
09:50:43 of the property tax roll.
09:50:45 And because of that, if the business was growing in a
09:50:50 CRA, that would be no TIF revenues would come to the
09:50:54 redevelopment agency for the work of redevelopment in
09:50:58 that neighborhood.
09:50:59 So this is the issue that has come up that they
09:51:03 And because they are sensitive to that matter, and
09:51:05 sensitive to the rolls that you play as a board in
09:51:08 directing the redevelopment work and the use of tax
09:51:11 increment financing in each of the neighborhoods, they
09:51:14 wanted to make sure that as they finalize the mechanics
09:51:19 of their program that you would have a say as to the
09:51:22 roll that you would like to play in those kinds of
09:51:27 So they had a workshop scheduled.
09:51:32 They will be considering the actual ordinance, and they
09:51:33 have asked that the city provide some feedback to them
09:51:36 about how the board would like to be involved.
09:51:42 Is there a question?
09:51:44 >>GWEN MILLER: No, go ahead.
09:51:47 We'll ask questions at the end.
09:51:47 >>MARK HUEY: I was going to offer up a suggestion,
09:51:49 that if you would like to ask some questions, if
09:51:51 there's any clarification, we can do that.
09:51:59 We had some discussion was Bonnie Wise, with Eric
09:52:03 Johnson at the county, Jean Ray, and what the thought
09:52:08 was, this board, when there is a business that is
09:52:10 applying for property tax exemption through the
09:52:14 application process, that at that applicant and that
09:52:17 application would come before this board for approval
09:52:21 prior to it going for final approval to the Board of
09:52:23 County Commissioners.
09:52:25 So that seemed to us to be the best way to acknowledge
09:52:29 the board's role in overseeing the use of redevelopment
09:52:33 funds, of tax increment funds, and the impact of these
09:52:40 So with that I'll turn it over to you for further
09:52:42 discussion and consideration.
09:52:43 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Last week I asked a question, Mr.
09:52:47 Huey, if someone puts a building up and he leases it to
09:52:52 maybe four or five different small businesses, who gets
09:52:55 the tax credit?
09:52:57 The occupants of the new business?
09:52:59 Or does the owner of the building get it?
09:53:02 >>MARK HUEY: Well, if it's all done together with this
09:53:05 developer who is working with these businesses in an
09:53:12 effort to put this transaction together, it would
09:53:13 benefit the businesses.
09:53:16 Again, the way the process will work is that this small
09:53:20 business, whether it's one in this particular building
09:53:23 you are describing or all five, what they would do is
09:53:28 they would apply, and they would be involved in a
09:53:31 process with the tax a sees or's office, where the tax
09:53:36 assessor would be writing a report about how the
09:53:37 property taxes would be reduced.
09:53:38 And they would work.
09:53:42 If it's not in their lease, because again the lease is
09:53:44 doing pass throughs as you know of property taxes.
09:53:49 They would work with the landlord to make sure they got
09:53:51 the benefit of the fact that the property taxes for
09:53:54 that multi-tenant building would be reduced.
09:53:56 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: They don't need to own the
09:53:59 building, that particular small business.
09:54:03 You could be a lessee?
09:54:05 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.
09:54:05 As long as everyone can document the incremental
09:54:09 Because again this is based on new investment that this
09:54:11 particular company, this particular small business, is
09:54:15 So as long as that can be documented to the tax
09:54:17 assessor's satisfaction.
09:54:24 >>CURTIS STOKES: Mark, you mentioned we approve it here
09:54:26 and then it goes to the county commission?
09:54:28 What happens if we approve it here and the county
09:54:30 commission doesn't like what we approve?
09:54:32 Do they have veto power?
09:54:34 >>MARK HUEY: There are some interesting scenarios that
09:54:38 can occur.
09:54:39 We are hard pressed to think that there's going to be
09:54:40 really many of those.
09:54:41 We tend to work well with the county on how the -- on
09:54:47 incentive programs.
09:54:48 But you raised an issue of there could be a situation
09:54:52 where you do approve something, and they turn it down.
09:54:57 In that case, you have the ability to provide a similar
09:55:01 incentive, board member Stokes, as you would have with
09:55:07 the property tax exemption.
09:55:08 But you could call it something different.
09:55:11 We might call it an economic development incentive
09:55:17 Again, remember that the revenues, this business that
09:55:22 you are describing that would come to the board and be
09:55:24 approved by the board, their property taxes, that they
09:55:28 would be paying, would come to the agency.
09:55:32 And so you could deploy them through a grant process to
09:55:36 give them the equivalent benefit of a property tax
09:55:40 exemption program.
09:55:42 Does that help you understand the scenario of the -- if
09:55:45 you approve something and the county commission
09:55:52 The trickier thing is if you don't approve something
09:55:54 and they somehow do approve something.
09:55:56 I think that would be a more challenging and
09:55:59 problematic circumstance for this board to deal with.
09:56:06 >>CURTIS STOKES: So we would only have that with the
09:56:09 CRAs in existence in the City of Tampa?
09:56:12 >> I'm sorry?
09:56:14 >>CURTIS STOKES: So that scenario would only exist when
09:56:16 a business comes within the purview of the CRA?
09:56:19 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.
09:56:20 What we are discussing is the situation exclusively
09:56:22 where a business is coming into a CRA.
09:56:25 So if it's coming into part of the city that doesn't
09:56:28 involve the CRA, that's not what we are talking about.
09:56:32 It's coming into the unincorporated area of the county,
09:56:38 that's not what we are talking about.
09:56:39 Just CRA businesses.
09:56:41 >>CURTIS STOKES: Do we plan to work that out at the
09:56:45 workshop where the veto powers would be approved, if we
09:56:49 like something they don't like?
09:56:53 >>MARK HUEY: I think again the one scenario of us
09:56:56 approving something and them not approving it is a
09:57:01 fixable situation for this board, because ultimately
09:57:07 you have the revenues that are coming in.
09:57:08 The situation where they approve something that you
09:57:10 don't is a more problematic situation that we can have
09:57:16 further discussions with them on.
09:57:18 There will be a lot of details to work through.
09:57:20 There's issues, for example, of what happens when a CRA
09:57:27 So we will probably end up with an interlocal agreement
09:57:30 of some sort, or some letter of understanding that
09:57:34 describes a number of different scenarios and
09:57:39 The issue we wanted to really try to address
09:57:43 immediately today is this issue of how the board --
09:57:46 this board would be involved in a decision-making
09:57:52 >>CURTIS STOKES: It's interesting, we don't have the
09:57:53 details necessary to make a decision.
09:57:59 We approved it by the language for the referendum, but
09:58:03 what you brought up today, as a matter of fact, we
09:58:04 don't have the details necessary to --
09:58:09 >> Well, all we are really having to talk about now is
09:58:12 So you are not really being asked to decide on anything
09:58:17 today about the details of who would get exempted, how
09:58:21 much they would get exempted or for how long.
09:58:25 The county is putting together a program in that regard
09:58:28 that this body will have a chance to shape its own
09:58:31 version of that.
09:58:37 So today is really just a process matter, and they out
09:58:41 of respect to your role felt it was important to get
09:58:46 your input.
09:58:46 >>THOMAS SCOTT: And I think you clarified that as more
09:58:48 of a process issue, because once it does happen, you
09:58:51 then will look at all the specifics and the detail once
09:58:54 it comes to you, and send it over there.
09:58:59 First of all, I don't foresee it being a major issue in
09:59:00 terms of approving something they deny it.
09:59:05 The mere fact they wanted to make sure we were included
09:59:08 in the decision-making process, number one, sends a
09:59:12 very positive message.
09:59:13 Secondly, I think also it is, as we go forward, it's
09:59:18 important the good working relationship between the
09:59:20 city and county continues to improve and continue as we
09:59:25 move forward in the future.
09:59:28 I think an important matter is, this is another tool
09:59:32 for our tool chest to address the issue of job
09:59:37 creation, economic development, and I think that's the
09:59:40 critical point.
09:59:41 The critical issue here.
09:59:43 The details will be worked out, I think, later on as
09:59:46 those different applications come to us.
09:59:48 And we want to go on record saying we support this, we
09:59:52 support that the application come to us.
09:59:59 I will move, Madam Chair, we send back over to the
10:00:01 county commission what Mr. Huey had recommended that it
10:00:02 come to us and we will vote on this and send it over to
10:00:07 the county commission.
10:00:07 That would be my motion.
10:00:08 >> Second.
10:00:08 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
10:00:10 All in favor?
10:00:16 Item 4.
10:00:16 >>MARK HUEY: We will be keeping you posted O on the
10:00:18 progress at the county and at the city on that.
10:00:21 The next two items are items that I wanted to make you
10:00:25 aware of because it's our intention to bring you formal
10:00:29 recommendations for approval of supporting documents
10:00:32 next month.
10:00:33 So I thought we would preview you on them today,
10:00:38 because they are a little bit unusual transactions.
10:00:41 Both of them for our redevelopment agency.
10:00:44 The first one is in the Channel District.
10:00:47 As you know, all of you know, the non-profit group
10:00:51 Stageworks community theater has been working very hard
10:00:55 to establish themselves in a new facility in the
10:00:59 district, and it's an important project, important for
10:01:02 the residents, for the city, and for the brand of the
10:01:07 We love having arts and cultural and entertainment
10:01:10 establishments grow and flourish in the district.
10:01:15 They have been working very hard to do that and they
10:01:17 have asked for our help and we have been working with
10:01:19 that for a while.
10:01:20 I would like to have Bob McDonaugh come up, our manager
10:01:24 in the Channel District, and share with you the
10:01:27 approach that has come together through his leadership
10:01:30 and working with the Stageworks team.
10:01:33 >> Bob McDonaugh, the Channelside manager.
10:01:41 What I am going to be coming to you next month with is
10:01:42 a grant for the Stageworks, for them to complete their
10:01:46 theater, and also a new program which we'll call
10:01:51 Channel District arts grant.
10:01:53 To give you a little history, Stageworks has been
10:01:57 working on this project for several years.
10:01:58 As a matter of fact, when Grand Central was built, it
10:02:01 was actually envisioned to have a theater in there.
10:02:05 We gave the developer bonus density to allow that,
10:02:06 again to encourage a theater in there.
10:02:09 So the Stageworks grant is about providing for a
10:02:18 99-seat theater.
10:02:21 They are about 50% of the way completed in it and we'll
10:02:23 have several community meetings.
10:02:25 The bank of Tampa has agreed to lend them money.
10:02:28 It's really looking for community support.
10:02:30 So at our last neighborhood meeting, we had several of
10:02:33 our residents get up and tell us that -- residents and
10:02:38 business owners saying this be is something we would
10:02:42 really like to have in our neighborhood.
10:02:42 We would like to see our tax dollars expended on
10:02:45 something like this.
10:02:45 We feel that it will make our neighborhood whole.
10:02:48 And so we began dialogue.
10:02:51 And one of our concerns is again protecting tax
10:02:55 And in the meeting, a local resident, Henry Lewis is
10:02:58 here today, actually stood up in the meeting, said, you
10:03:00 know, if you are concerned about your tax dollars being
10:03:03 protected, I'll give you a personal guarantee.
10:03:07 And so we actually worked that document out that would
10:03:10 guarantee the operation of the theater for five years,
10:03:13 if it doesn't happen, we would get a pro rata share of
10:03:16 our money back.
10:03:17 In the broader sense, because we really don't have a
10:03:28 lease for a program like that we would be creating a
10:03:30 Channel District arts grant, and it would be aimed for
10:03:31 smaller not-for-profits, and again what's really
10:03:36 important in both the grant and in the prosecute
10:03:37 program itself is to have a lot of safeguards for the
10:03:39 CRAs money.
10:03:40 And so we won't have a very specific document to plan
10:03:45 for you next month.
10:03:46 I just want to give you a heads-up again that this is
10:03:52 coming, and nobody likes surprises.
10:03:52 Questions or concerns?
10:03:53 >>GWEN MILLER: No.
10:03:55 Thank you.
10:03:56 We look forward to the next one.
10:04:01 >>MARK HUEY: Next month they will be bringing you a
10:04:08 policy about an arts grant program in the Channel
10:04:09 We will be bringing you the personal guarantee.
10:04:15 And we will be bringing you the grant agreement with
10:04:17 the stageworks group.
10:04:19 So we look forward to bringing you that next month.
10:04:24 The next very positive project that we are working on
10:04:26 is the East Tampa.
10:04:27 And this is an initiative, a very interesting
10:04:31 I think you are going to be excited about it, to
10:04:34 provide some jobs for residents in East Tampa.
10:04:37 And I would like to have Ed Johnson come up, our
10:04:40 manager there and share with you about that.
10:04:42 >> Ed Jackson, east Tampa, development manager.
10:04:49 Happy new year to you all.
10:04:54 What mark is alluding to is a very exciting program
10:04:56 that -- initiative that actually came out of the
10:05:01 economic development subcommittee of the East Tampa
10:05:03 partnership, and the subcommittee wanted to create an
10:05:08 incentive program funded by our TIF that would incent
10:05:14 local businesses operating in and around East Tampa to
10:05:16 be able to provide jobs for our residents in East
10:05:22 And this is an effort that actually became a
10:05:23 partnership between the CDC of Tampa, and the battery
10:05:29 recycler that Mr. Scott talked about earlier this
10:05:33 And they have agreed to hire 20 residents from East
10:05:37 Tampa, and to employ them long-term.
10:05:40 We are going to use a $36,000 funded, TIF-funded
10:05:46 incentive program to incent the partnership between the
10:05:49 CDC of Tampa and Envirofocus.
10:05:53 So if you turn the Elmo on I will kind of share with
10:05:58 This is kind of a summary of what we will be bringing
10:06:06 to you next month.
10:06:08 It will entail an $1800 investment in each one.
10:06:14 Hirees, to do soft skills training for the hiree, and
10:06:20 the potential worker Envirofocus where they will do the
10:06:26 interviewing process and help them with their resumés
10:06:29 and teaching model, to perform on the job.
10:06:32 And then the hard skills training will take place at
10:06:35 the Envirofocus plant where they will be certified, get
10:06:43 certified as workers in that type of environment, get
10:06:49 their safety certifications and those things that are
10:06:50 necessary to work on the job.
10:06:52 And that is a $1200 component of that $1800.
10:06:56 So the 20 residents are some of the hardest to employ
10:07:01 residents out of East Tampa.
10:07:02 And here again we have a partnership whereby
10:07:08 Envirofocus is willing to hire these folks long-term as
10:07:10 long as the CDC of Tampa stays involved with each one
10:07:14 of those individuals and guides them through that
10:07:17 So next month we will be bringing forward an agreement,
10:07:23 a funding agreement along with the resolution to
10:07:25 reappropriate some dollars out of one of our TIF funds
10:07:29 to be able to cover this $36,000 commitment.
10:07:31 >>GWEN MILLER: One question.
10:07:34 Suppose you have more than 21 apply.
10:07:37 How are you going to handle that?
10:07:39 >> They will still only select 20 people this initial
10:07:42 We are hopeful that the program will be successful.
10:07:45 We think it will be.
10:07:46 And if it continues, I'm sure Envirofocus will be
10:07:49 encouraged to hire additional p people but the idea
10:07:54 behind this program is if it is successful, we will be
10:07:56 able to use it as a marketing tool to go after other
10:08:00 businesses that operate within East Tampa to see if we
10:08:02 can get some of our hardest to employ people back into
10:08:05 the employment cycle.
10:08:09 >>THOMAS SCOTT: First of all let me just compliment the
10:08:12 subcommittee on that, Ed and Mrs. Best.
10:08:17 That's a great idea.
10:08:18 That's the kind of thing we want to see.
10:08:21 That's a good way of using your TIF dollars.
10:08:24 Is that right, Mr. Attorney?
10:08:26 They are legally defensible and within the scope of the
10:08:29 Florida statute.
10:08:32 And especially in a time like this.
10:08:35 This is excellent.
10:08:37 The question I want to raise, though, Mark, is this on
10:08:41 top of the QTI?
10:08:43 You know, that they are getting?
10:08:48 With the qualified tax industry, they are required to
10:08:51 produce so many jobs within a certain salary, and I
10:08:56 don't know what that number was.
10:08:57 >>MARK HUEY: This is totally separate.
10:09:01 >>THOMAS SCOTT: So then this is 20 jobs, plus on top of
10:09:04 the other jobs that will come as a result.
10:09:07 So that is great.
10:09:09 That's the kind of thing we talk about on Tuesday
10:09:12 And then attract jobs as a result of the CRA and the
10:09:18 TIF dollars, coming into East Tampa.
10:09:22 >>MARK HUEY: So they can layer different incentive
10:09:25 programs together and get different partnerships.
10:09:27 You get a lot of leverage.
10:09:29 >> Do you recall offhand how many jobs in terms.
10:09:32 QTI -- I can't remember.
10:09:33 >>MARK HUEY: I do not remember.
10:09:36 I remember that it was $100 million capital investment,
10:09:40 the largest manufacturing capital investment in our
10:09:43 city's recent history.
10:09:45 Very significant investment.
10:09:48 >>THOMAS SCOTT: It was a great investment, and I
10:09:50 remember going to the new groundbreaking and all that.
10:09:56 It's a battery recycling plant.
10:09:59 But it's good to hear that because again you are
10:10:02 talking -- this is what I called the double impact.
10:10:07 You are going to get jobs because of the QTI, qualified
10:10:10 tax industry incentive program, and then you will get
10:10:15 jobs now as a result.
10:10:16 TIF program that sets aside X number of dollars to help
10:10:19 train and select 20 new people, so that is a double
10:10:23 impact for this program for East Tampa.
10:10:27 That is great.
10:10:30 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I also would like to tell you -- and
10:10:35 just from a personal experience, many of you know that
10:10:38 as a small business woman, I similar to this back in
10:10:46 the 80s I hired a young man on jewelry repair is a
10:10:50 high skill labor.
10:10:52 In Germany it's six years apprenticeship.
10:10:56 I hired a man in the grant program, and he stayed with
10:10:59 us seven years after that in our business.
10:11:03 It is an excellent program.
10:11:05 I'm very excited.
10:11:07 Thank you for that.
10:11:08 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Are we then looking at other CRAs, for
10:11:16 something similar to this in terms of a downturn in the
10:11:19 Are we looking at other opportunities similar to this?
10:11:23 We have, what, eight CRAs?
10:11:26 >>MARK HUEY: Seven CRAs.
10:11:29 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I think that might be something to
10:11:31 look at given the down durn in the economy.
10:11:35 Talk about job creation, now you have another tool,
10:11:38 another resource that can be utilized for job creation
10:11:41 and new jobs in these various CRAs.
10:11:45 I would like a motion, Madam Chair, that the
10:11:47 administration will take a look at these other CRAs,
10:11:54 creating a similar program, that would create more jobs
10:11:55 like this.
10:11:56 That's my motion.
10:11:56 >> Second.
10:11:58 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
10:12:00 All in favor?
10:12:02 >>MARY MULHERN: Yes, what Ms. Capin said, and then
10:12:08 what Mr. Scott said is interesting to me, because I
10:12:10 think of Drew Park, and it would be a great opportunity
10:12:13 maybe for some apprenticeships, and job training, and
10:12:19 auto repair, some of the smaller businesses, so that we
10:12:23 are not just waiting for huge investment from a new
10:12:26 And New Tampa you could have hairdressing
10:12:32 [ Laughter ]
10:12:33 >>MARK HUEY: Well, I will add to your great discussion
10:12:38 on this that we can't say enough about the business
10:12:43 here, and the fact that they were willing to be
10:12:46 That is the hardest part.
10:12:47 You know, we have been blessed to have the CDC in East
10:12:51 Tampa and they are great trainers and mentors for folks
10:12:54 in the community.
10:12:56 But to have a company step up and be willing to provide
10:13:00 the jobs.
10:13:01 And so as Ed alluded to, our great hope is as this
10:13:05 program unfold that it will be a resounding success.
10:13:08 And that we will then be able to go to other companies
10:13:11 and say you need to be a part of this.
10:13:15 Look how this company benefited.
10:13:17 They have got great employees.
10:13:19 We worked in the community to provide the well trained,
10:13:23 well prepared employees.
10:13:24 Can't you be a part of this progress as well?
10:13:27 And so that is what we hope.
10:13:29 This is the first step, the first building block of a
10:13:32 program that we hope will eventually involve many
10:13:35 businesses around our community.
10:13:38 >>THOMAS SCOTT: It is, Madam Chair, what I call
10:13:41 thinking out of the box.
10:13:42 It is a program that at this point, a job $36,000 which
10:13:51 isn't a whole lot of money when you think of about 20
10:13:54 employees who will make more than that over the life of
10:13:56 their employment, and it is legally defensible within
10:13:59 the CRAs, and so I think this is a great step.
10:14:05 And so I just want to commend East Tampa and the
10:14:10 subcommittee, and Mr. Huey, this ought to be a headline
10:14:16 for a newspaper, I mean.
10:14:20 [ Laughter ]
10:14:22 Jobs on the way.
10:14:23 Go to CRA.
10:14:24 Hey, jobs on the way, go to CRA.
10:14:28 [ Laughter ]
10:14:29 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Caetano.
10:14:30 >> Did you have a question?
10:14:42 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: My question is, I served on the
10:14:45 school board in Massachusetts on a regional locational
10:14:48 school where we taught 23 trades, okay.
10:14:50 And when kids got out of school after three years of
10:14:54 vocational training, they had jobs.
10:14:58 And that's what we are lacking here in Florida.
10:14:59 We do have trade schools, but they are not doing it
10:15:05 I spoke to Dr. Sickles some years ago, told him to go
10:15:10 visit one of those schools.
10:15:11 We don't have the problem in the northern part of this
10:15:13 country like we have here in Florida with unskilled
10:15:19 And I think the Department of Education should be
10:15:23 And when somebody goes for a job, they are pretty well
10:15:29 95% of those kids, when they graduate in June, have
10:15:31 jobs, either electrician, building a house, a bakery,
10:15:37 >> Nice job, raise a family on.
10:15:42 >> Ed Johnson: Also, we have a technical training
10:15:47 trade school right there in East Tampa on Hillsborough
10:15:50 Avenue, Irwin Vo-Tech, and they do a very good job of
10:15:54 preparing our residents for employment in the trade
10:15:58 There again, it's the lack of companies stepping up to
10:16:03 the plate taking some of these folks that are trained,
10:16:06 especially some of the ones that are hard to place,
10:16:08 some that might have had some criminal record or
10:16:11 mischief in the past.
10:16:12 Those are the difficult ones.
10:16:14 But we believe we have a great training trade school
10:16:18 right hear in the heart of East Tampa.
10:16:19 But the last thing I would like to say, councilman
10:16:26 Scott was talking about this wonderful program coming
10:16:27 out of the subcommittee.
10:16:28 I want to put on record that the subcommittee
10:16:31 chairperson, Ernest coney, Jr., this was really his
10:16:35 program, his idea.
10:16:36 He actually went out and met with the Envirofocus
10:16:39 leadership team and got them to commit to making this
10:16:42 investment in our community.
10:16:43 So Ernest needs to be commended publicly for that.
10:16:45 Thank you.
10:16:46 >>GWEN MILLER: Ms. Capin.
10:16:51 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Yes, I just want to comment.
10:16:54 East Tampa, you all are hitting it out of the park.
10:16:59 Thank you.
10:16:59 >>GWEN MILLER: We will now go to public comment.
10:17:00 Anyone in the public that would like to speak, you may
10:17:02 come up and speak now.
10:17:23 >> Madam Chairman, members of the community development
10:17:24 agency, my name is Al Davis.
10:17:26 I reside at 3724 -- 3717 East Wilder Avenue, and I'm
10:17:35 located in the heart -- when you look at the boundary,
10:17:44 right in the center of that East Tampa redevelopment
10:17:49 You know, I'm excited that you all were there Tuesday.
10:17:55 But you ain't going to be there next year, are you?
10:18:01 We are going to have a new crew.
10:18:10 Anyway, I am glad you were there.
10:18:12 I learned a whole lot, and I continue to learn a whole
10:18:18 I do have a concern.
10:18:20 My concern was expressed at the meeting.
10:18:25 You know, I cannot, as a resident, walk from my
10:18:29 residence to this fantastic lake that we have at
10:18:41 Ellicott, Caracas and 34th street.
10:18:45 I got to walk in the street halfway.
10:18:51 But, anyway, maybe there will be some sidewalks.
10:19:01 I don't mean ten years from now.
10:19:01 But I hope within the next 50 years that somebody
10:19:09 sidewalks be constructed in the resident area.
10:19:13 Now, I know we have got some, you know, commercial
10:19:16 corridors and residential corridors.
10:19:18 They look nice.
10:19:19 That beautification that you all are doing there on
10:19:23 21st street, it's fantastic.
10:19:26 But don't -- I mean 22nd street.
10:19:32 Don't leave 22nd street and going to the end of the
10:19:41 neighborhood or the residence.
10:19:41 It's kind of like a fantasy.
10:19:45 Everything looks good until you get to pull up the
10:19:47 covers and you see everything has been swept under the
10:19:53 I'm delighted about the jobs opportunity but I'm a
10:19:56 little puzzled, and I appreciate Mr. Johnson's
10:20:01 I'm looking forward to it in terms of getting down to
10:20:08 make sure that what you call the Ts are crossed, the
10:20:11 I's are dotted, and the dots connected.
10:20:19 We get excited sometimes when we talk about God's
10:20:29 But that's a good thing because we need God and if we
10:20:32 got God we can pay our rent or we can pay our mortgage.
10:20:36 And if we pay our mortgage, then we can contribute
10:20:39 toward the TIF.
10:20:42 And I don't like, Madam Chairman, that our TIF dollars,
10:20:45 merely because it's there, that it's mishandled and
10:20:49 (Bell sounds)
10:20:50 Everybody wants some money.
10:20:54 We need it.
10:20:57 But we need to safeguard it for the benefit of our
10:21:03 citizens and the quality of our lives.
10:21:10 For the next few years --
10:21:10 >>GWEN MILLER: All right, Mr. Davis, your time is up.
10:21:11 >> Thank you, Madam Chairman.
10:21:16 I'll be back.
10:21:17 I'll be back next month.
10:21:20 I'll be back next month.
10:21:22 >>GWEN MILLER: I know it.
10:21:23 >> Congratulations the current CRA agency for their
10:21:29 initiative for the work, and I want to particularly
10:21:34 comment to member Scott, because I read the record,
10:21:44 Commissioner Scott -- member Scott, when you was on the
10:21:50 And I read the history.
10:21:54 Because, you know, how long have we been in existence
10:21:58 for East Tampa?
10:21:59 Thank you.
10:22:01 And I really appreciate it.
10:22:02 Because without your involvement, without your
10:22:05 leadership, East Tampa would still be, what do you call
10:22:13 it, neglected.
10:22:15 But I think because your leadership and because of this
10:22:17 agency and your members looking at East Tampa, things
10:22:21 are beginning to turn around, and I hope for the better
10:22:26 and for the continuation.
10:22:28 See, I got about another ten more --
10:22:31 >>GWEN MILLER: I know that.
10:22:35 All right.
10:22:35 We go to item number 11.
10:22:36 >>MARK HUEY: The last item is just for you to receive
10:22:39 the quarterly reports, that each quarter we provide
10:22:43 accountability on how we are spending TIF funds for
10:22:46 each of your neighborhoods, redevelopment
10:22:48 neighborhoods, each of your budgets there.
10:22:50 >> So moved.
10:22:53 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Second.
10:22:55 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
10:22:55 All in favor?
10:22:57 Any other information?
10:22:59 >>MARK HUEY: That does it.
10:23:03 We have good things going on.
10:23:03 >>THOMAS SCOTT: A lot of good things.
10:23:04 And in a depression, it's very good for Tampa.
10:23:11 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, it is.
10:23:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Let's keep moving and don't stop while
10:23:14 you have got momentum.
10:23:17 Let's keep going.
10:23:17 >>MARK HUEY: Keep the momentum going.
10:23:19 >>GWEN MILLER: Council, any information?
10:23:25 Do we need to receive and file?
10:23:26 >> So moved.
10:23:26 >> Second.
10:23:27 >>GWEN MILLER: All in favor?
10:23:28 We stand adjourned until 6:00.
10:23:33 (the CRA meeting adjourned at 10:24 a.m.)
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