The “end of the beginning” of an economic rebound for Hillsborough County?
Are all the 4,116 new jobs since the first of the year those higher-than-average-wage jobs we have been promised? Are those jobs a net increase over full-time, benefit-paying jobs lost during same that time?
We are told those jobs also represent over $190 million in capital investment within the county, raising the ad valorem tax base over last year. Just what exactly is that tax increase; net of tax incentives committed to attract those jobs? Also, factor in the cost to taxpayers for the funding of six task forces and support for related public-private partnerships.
Where exactly is that newly launched website to find “space and land available in Hillsborough County”? A Google search of that phrase returns no clue. The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (THEDC) website requires that you contact them or a short list of their members to assist with a property search. The Hillsborough County website has no obvious “open for business” links to an online database of available commercial property.
Perhaps instead of quoting Churchill, a quote from Thomas Paine is more appropriate: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen