Local Businesses Give Back to Police Department with RNC Renovation Project

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Jane Castor recognized 34 local businesses who contributed over $120,000 worth of goods and services to renovate public space at the Tampa Police Department’s Downtown Headquarters.

Local business owners will have an opportunity to view how their contributions were used to transform an old office space into the Tampa Police Department’s very own stage for the RNC. In the months leading up to the convention, 34 businesses came together to donate over $120,000 worth of goods and services to make the renovation a reality. One of these businesses, Studio M, was tasked with giving the space a new and updated look. The firm’s founder and Principal Designer, Michelle Jennings Wiebe, conceived an idea for the new design to mimic that of TV’s popular show Mad Men.

The completed design and community project was showcased around the world as viewers tuned in to watch daily public safety briefings being broadcasted from the department’s state-of-the-art media location. The donations and design also helped the department create a new community room and begin renovations on its largest conference room. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Jane Castor recognized these businesses for their outpouring of generosity during an unveiling and networking event at the department’s downtown headquarters.

Jack Glasure of Ignition Branding and Michelle Jennings Wiebe the founder and Principal Designer at Studio M Interior Design orchestrated the entire community project by designing the new space, raising money, recruiting trade professionals, and installing the equipment and furniture just in time for the RNC.

Janelle McGregor