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USF’s downtown Tampa medical school takes a $2 million haircut in final budget offer

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The final budget offered by the Florida Legislature provides the University of South Florida with $12 million for its new downtown Tampa medical education and research center which is expected to begin construction this fall. That’s less than the $14 million that was listed on Monday, and $5 million less than USF officials had requested from the Legislature. “We would be very pleased to receive $12 million for the USF downtown project in this year’s state budget,” said USF spokesman Adam Freeman. “It will keep the project…

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Jeff Vinik, Will Weatherford, Pam Iorio named to TECO board of directors

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Tampa Electric Co. is adding five prominent Florida business and community leaders to its board of directors, including developer and Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik, former House Speaker Will Weatherford and former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. In an announcement Tuesday, TECO parent company Emera Inc., the Nova Scotia-based energy conglomerate, said the new members are as part of a commitment to keeping the company under Florida oversight. Emera acquired TECO in July 2016. “Emera believes local directors who are…

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Rick Scott, Titus O’Neil to join area students at construction job fair

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Gov. Rick Scott and WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil will be the top-billed guests at the second annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Job Fair at the Port of Tampa Thursday. In addition to Scott and O’Neil, organizers expect other state leaders and 900 students from across the Tampa Bay region to come to the event promoting careers in the area’s construction industry. The job fair is scheduled to go from 9 am to 1 pm at the port’s cruise terminal.…

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Hillsborough MPO head wants to slow down talk of new regional transportation authority

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Beth Alden is looking to have a serious discussion about regional transportation in the Tampa Bay area. In early 2017, the consensus among the political and business establishment is that the Tampa Bay region must come together as one cohesive regional entity to maximize its leverage before anything can be done about transportation. However, Alden, the head of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization (MPO), wants to put on the brakes. “Let’s not do this half-assed,” she asserted in an interview earlier this…

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Tampa Bay area legislative delegation tries to figure out if local governments can work together on a transportation fix

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State legislators representing the eight counties that make up the Tampa Bay area Legislative Delegation spent two hours in Clearwater on Wednesday discussing attempts to find a way to begin adequately dealing with the region’s myriad transportation issues. According to a new white paper prepared by the D.C. based Enos Center for Transportation for the Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional structure for transportation planning, operations and decision-making is paramount to developing a regional transportation system. Which might make an interested observer…

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Sal Territo to succeed Julia Mandell as Tampa City Attorney

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There’s a changing of the guard with the top legal position in the City of Tampa. After three and a half years as City Attorney, Julia Mandell announced her resignation. She is leaving the position to become an attorney at Carlton Fields. Mandell will be succeeded by Sal Territo. Since 2005, Territo has served as Chief Assistant City Attorney as the head of the transactional and administrative section of the Legal Department. “I want to thank Mayor Buckhorn for the opportunity to serve as the City…

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Tampa Bay History Center unveils $11 million expansion

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Officials with the Tampa Bay History Center announced Wednesday that the eight-year-old Channelside-based museum will soon undergo an 8,500-square-foot expansion that will include a 60-foot replica sailing vessel and a new center for cartographic education that will hold more than 6,000 maps dating back to the New World. Construction on the $11 million expansion begins next month, with completion scheduled to be completed by next fall. “The vision of expanding the facility (began) when we opened eight years ago,” said Steve Raney,…

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