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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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Tampa officials discuss their business and cultural trip to Ireland

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Last December, Forbes magazine called Ireland the fourth best nation in the world to do business in, based on 11 different factors — property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. The island’s low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent has led many American corporations to flee the U.S. to conduct business there, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says the U.S. needs to do more to make it more attractive to woo…

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