Tampa: Bad Raps

The logo of KPMG.

The logo of KPMG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Pete Times Robert Trigaux today says the Tampa region needs to fight the “bad raps” and negative perceptions we have in the world, which are contributing to our stalled economy.

Let’s start the “myth-busters” with the commonly held belief that the Tampa region needs to be more cost-effective for business to locate here. 

Among the larger cities of the world, KPMG lists Tampa as the #7 MOST COST-EFFECTIVE CITY FOR BUSINESSES TO LOCATE.

Tampa is the #1 ranked region
in the United States!

 Question: Why is this report not front and center on every local city/county/ED website?

Could it be that there is more money to be had by local economic development entities if we just keep paying them to come up with something different (endless studies/reports) than concentrating on the advantages we already have?

 We could have spent the $1 million we gave just the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (THEDC) over the last two years, instead, printing copies of the full KPMG report and sending one with a box of Ruskin tomatoes to the top decision makers of the Fortune 500 companies and still had money left over to put them up for two nights in a top downtown Tampa hotel.

 “We have found the enemy, and he is us.” – Pogo –

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen



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