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Dick Greco is backing Shawn Harrison in the HD 63 race

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Battling in an extremely competitive election this fall against Lisa Montelione, House District 63 Republican Representative Shawn Harrison has procured another Democrat to back his re-election campaign. It’s former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco. “I’ve had the honor to serve our city and region for four terms as Mayor, over several decades. During that time, I’ve had the privilege to work with some outstanding and selfless men and women who represented their constituents with honor, dignity, and tenacity,” Greco said in a statement.…

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Anti-TBX activists accuse Tampa Bay Partnership of conflict of interest and intimidation

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Tensions between supporters and critics of the Tampa Bay Express haven’t tempered after last week’s vote by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to put the TBX  into the organization’s Transportation Improvement Project (TIP). An email sent out by a member of the Tampa Bay Partnership to the members of the MPO and members of the TBX Yes coalition thanked the members of the MPO who supported the proposal. The letter also listed all of those on the board –…

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Brian Lamb selected chair of USF Board of Trustees

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Brian Lamb, whose name may be familiar to University of South Florida basketball fans, was elected chair of USF’s Board of Trustees earlier this month. “It’s a privilege to assume this leadership role during a transformational time in USF history,” Lamb said in a statement. “I will remain focused on the university’s primary goal of student success and preparing them for the competitive global workplace.” Lamb currently is regional president for Fifth Third Bank in the Tampa Bay region. He…

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Ken Hagan says negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays will be transparent, with one exception

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As negotiations continue between Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Rays about a potential new stadium, Commissioner Ken Hagan said on Wednesday he wants county staff to put out a request for proposal to have an underwriting team ready to sell stadium revenue bonds. “My goal is to come up with a game plan within one year that will ensure that the team remain in Tampa Bay for decades to come,” the commissioner told his colleagues. Hagan is part of a…

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Bob Buckhorn says possible Rays stadium in Tampa will be “complicated transaction”

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The day after the St. Petersburg City Council finally voted to give the Tampa Bay Rays management permission to search for new ballpark sites on both side of the bay, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fielded questions about what it could mean for his city. “Yesterday was a good day,” the Mayor began his news conference at City Hall, but he wasn’t doing handstands about wooing the Major League Baseball franchise. He soberly emphasized that his goal parallels St. Pete Mayor…

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Bob Buckhorn not high on possible Rays ballpark in Westshore area

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A long-discussed plan that would finally allow the Tampa Bay Rays management to begin discussing a possible stadium in Hillsborough County could come before the St. Petersburg City Council as early as next week, and indications are that the votes are there to have that happen. The immediate focus after that, of course, what sites the Rays will be looking at in Hillsborough. One of the usual suspects, when the topic arises, is the Westshore area of Tampa, which was listed…

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Rick Homans to take over at Tampa Bay Partnership

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Rick Homans has been named the next president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, beginning November 9. Homans has been serving as CEO and president of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. since January of 2012. Prior to that, he served as Cabinet secretary of the economic development department and taxation and revenue department for the state of New Mexico. “I am confident that Rick is the right person for the job as his extensive experience closely aligns with the strategic direction…

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