Economic Development in Our Most Challenged Areas
Our Goal: "Transform East Tampa into a community of vibrant residential,
business, recreational, social and cultural life through the
implementation of a strategic economic development model, focused on
neighborhood assets that can be replicated in other challenged areas
within the City of Tampa."
parts of the city, years of decline, neglect and lack of investment have
created barriers to new development. This Strategic Focus Area strives
to overcome these barriers by focusing a wide range of resources to
generate real economic development. If successful, this urban
revitalization effort could emerge as a national model. East Tampa, the
focus of this initial effort, has a large residential core, easy access
to three interstates, new business and housing developments, and is
located in proximity to downtown Tampa and the waterfront.
In FY04, the city created the East Tampa Development Division to focus
exclusively on the economic and civic revitalization of the area. Also
in FY04, the city launched an aggressive campaign, Operation Commitment,
to root out crime, prostitution, drugs and code violations. The effort
demonstrated the city’s commitment to East Tampa and set the stage for
continued revitalization efforts.
Building upon these initial efforts, the city will direct investments in
East Tampa to support public safety, private investment and community
revitalization. Community policing will continue to play a central role
in making East Tampa safe and secure. The construction of the new Tampa
Police Department District III Station is underway, and will enhance
public safety in the area. A Tax Increment Financing District was
created to reinvest tax dollars in the area focusing on needed
infrastructure improvements including sidewalks, lighting and community
facilities. 22nd Street, 29th Street and 34th Street have been targeted
for specific improvement and redevelopment activities. A partnership
with the Florida Department of Transportation will be explored wherever
possible to achieve greater overall results.
A community involved strategic action plan will provide strategies for
long-term economic development concentrating on three key initiatives:
1. Making strategic public investment (e.g., police headquarters, parks,
2. promoting policies and land-use regulations that foster balanced
residential and commercial growth
3. Developing incentives that will leverage quality development
These strategies will help ensure economic development and growth while
preserving the inherent residential character of the neighborhood and
enhancing the quality of life for the residents of East Tampa.