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Economic Competitiveness Committee

Economic Competitiveness Committee -- Group tapped to help streamline permitting and regulatory processes

Tampa, FL June 20, 2011 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn has announced the formation of the Economic Competitiveness Committee. The 19 member group will be tasked with reviewing the City of Tampa’s permitting and regulatory processes to look for ways to improve the system. Buckhorn chose members that are actual customers, including developers, engineers, attorneys, and a neighborhood representative, that have utilized the City’s services. This allows members to draw on their personal experiences in trying to find ways to make procedures more efficient.

The goal in forming the committee is to create an even greater competitive edge for Tampa when vying for new business. Members will meet with the mayor and staff to provide feedback and input that can be implemented to help make processes more efficient. Additionally, easier processes with expedited plans, permits, and regulations will help attract economic activity and accelerate growth in Tampa. "Now more than ever we need to make sure that Tampa is known as a place that is open for business," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This is the beginning, not the end of an ongoing process."

"We are going to look at the things that challenge growth and economic development and recommend changes that will directly result in job growth, but still maintain our quality of life in Tampa," said Mark House, Managing Partner of Beck, who was tapped as one of the members of committee.

The Planning and Development Department will be providing workshops for the new Accela Citizen Access (ACA) system. These workshops will provide a demo and information regarding public access to ACA and will serve as an introduction to using ACA for our Phase 1 Planning processes. The location will be at the Development Service Center, 1400 N. Boulevard, Tampa, 33607.

Workshop schedule:
Friday, December 6th
8 a.m. thru 10 a.m. and another session from 10:30 thru 12:30 p.m.

Please rsvp to Rosemary.soto@tampagov.net if interested in attending either one of these workshops.

Public Information Workshops
to review the status and significant progress made on the many initiatives and recommendations included in the Mayor's Economic Competitive Committee Final Report published in the Spring 2012.

Staff will highlight the progress made on major projects, such as the Consolidated Land Development Code and the new Accela Permitting System, along with discussing the rollout schedule for many more service enhancements that will benefit our clients and citizens.

Meetings will be held at:

Development Services Center
1400 N. Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607
3rd Floor Training Room
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • October 30, 2013

August 2, 2013


January 30, 2013


Final Report


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