Industry Clusters

SP Times Robert Trigaux reports today on the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (THEDC)  “Raising region’s bar on jobs.”

How many hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been wasted by the county, paying  THEDC for out-of-town consultants for yet another multi-year “plan”?


1.    THEDC recommends the same six “industry clusters” we should attract that are already included in a Jan 15, 2009 “Florida QTI Tax Refund Target Industries” report.
2.    THEDC does NOT RECOMMEND that we focus growth in our own Agribusiness, Alternative Energy & Sustainability, Hospitality and Transportation industries.
3.    Manufacturing and Export appear nowhere. There is no mention of home-grown businesses and the USF Technology Business Incubator. No mention of the 3,000-employee Hard Rock Casino & Hotel.

The report goes on to downplay the importance of future economic development along the I-75 corridor south of Brandon; the Port of Tampa; MacDill AFB and USF.

The THEDC is correct however that “Greater Tampa” lacks civic leadership. They are wrong however in not focusing more on “Greater Hillsborough” for solutions.

The number one element of the THEDC “Plan” is to come up with a 3 to 5-year plan.

For THEDC to recommend that they be given more financial support and authority in County economic development is both wrong-headed and self-serving.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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  3. Marilyn Smith Says:

    OF course Fred, we have talked about this in person to several BOCC commissioners within in the last two weeks. Our visits were illuminating to those we conferred with and brought MANY questions from those same commissioners.
    The information historically together with the already prepared, passed, and permitted land masses were ignored by the THEDC. Sloppy research and slanted results, it would seem, most of those results were PREDETERMINED and certainly misguided. I HAVE ATTENDED ALL THE THEDC PRESENTATIONS; while, the insistent public pays for THEDC to turn up with the HOCUS-POCUS AND VOODOO, then THEDC has to listen to my opine of historically significance underpinned with studies I have attended since 1987; thus, we citizens only pay the bills…so it is double jeopardy…ha ha we pay for the VODOO AND WE ALSO PAY FOR GAS AND TIME TO GO LISTEN AND WATCH…..
    NO WONDER SO FEW PEOPLE DRAG THEMSELVES AROUND THE COUNTY TO HEAR WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED TO BE DONE WITH OUR FUTURE.
    IN CASE ANYONE IS WONDERING: WE ARE THE LARGEST STAKE HOLDERS.

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