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Mitch Perry Report for 9.21.16 – Can Ban Ki-Moon get enough buy-in to deny a President Trump the opportunity to renounce the Paris agreement?

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The New Yorker magazine has a story this week on what a President Donald J. Trump would do if elected in November. Writer Evan Osnos reports that Trump’s advisers are weighing several options for the “First Day Project” – where he would spend hours on inauguration day next January signing papers that “erases the Obama Presidency,” in the words of Stephen Moore. “We want to identify maybe twenty-five executive orders that Trump could sign literally the first day in office.” Among the executive orders being contemplated…

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Jeff Vinik Channelside project has now become a $3 billion plan – and won’t include Bay Plaza complex

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The master plan devised by Jeff Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment to revitalize the Channelside region of Tampa was originally designed as a 40-acre, billion-dollar plan when it was first unveiled in December of 2014. Then it went up to $2 billion. Speaking to the board of Port Tampa on Tuesday, SPP CEO James Nozar revealed that the investment has now grown to $3 billion and 53 acres, and  its footprint has now expanded to between six…

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Jeff Vinik, Jeff Brandes discuss future of Tampa Bay transportation at HART summit

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In the future of transportation in Hillsborough County, buses and rail may be taking a back seat to autonomous vehicles and other cutting-edge technologies. Although the Hillsborough Area Transit Authority (HART) primarily offers bus service, buses weren’t the focus of attention at the “State of Transit” event Tuesday at CAMLS in downtown Tampa. Nor should they have been, as the theme of the day was “Beyond the Bus.” No speaker in the hour-plus session was more visionary on transportation’s future in the…

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Bob Buckhorn makes the pitch for a stormwater tax while presenting budget to City Council

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Although Bob Buckhorn has been known to quote Alicia Keys in saying that his city of Tampa is “on fire” when it comes to its economic development and overall dynamism, the Mayor was noticeably more sober in assessing the city’s economic future on Thursday. Buckhorn spent more than 75 minutes in front of the Tampa City Council to in presenting his fiscal year $904.9 million 2017 budget. He spent an exhaustive 40 minutes to elaborate all that is going on with the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.15.16 – No Tebowing in Cleveland

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Bad news for folks who were psyched that Tim Tebow was announced on Thursday to be a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Like Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady before him, Tebow became the latest (former) pro quarterback who has disavowed any intentions that he would be speaking at Donald Trump’s party next week. “My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. And if one day that’s in the…

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Tampa City Council moves forward on underground chiller for Jeff Vinik’s Channelside project

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The Tampa City Council has given its first approval to an ordinance granting Channelside developer Jeff Vinik a non-exclusive franchise agreement to use public streets, alleys, highways and other public places to begin laying underground pipes to construct a chilled water distribution plant. The plant would be built underground and used to provide air-conditioning for all of the developments to be built on the 40 acres of land that Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners (SPP) and Cascade Investments will use for…

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Tampa Bay business corporate elite call on Hillsborough MPO to approve TBX

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Eight days before a huge vote on whether the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s will approve of the Tampa Bay Express project to be added to the MPO”s Transportation Improvement Program, a coalition of heavy hitters in the local business world are urging the MPO to vote Yes on TBX. “Threatening this project are opponents who argue that no new roads should be built in Tampa Bay,” says the letter, signed by 60 local CEO’s of some of the Tampa Bay area’s…

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