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Manufacturing trade group gives “State of Manufacturing” speech at Port Tampa Friday

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Port Tampa Bay plays a vital role in Florida’s industrial landscape, a fact that will be highlighted as part of a visit this week by the head of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, as part of the group’s 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, will stop by Port Tampa Bay Friday to give the organization’s annual State of Manufacturing address. NAM is the national trade group representing 14,000 manufacturers in the United States. Timmons’…

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Showdown on Tuesday at the Hillsborough County MPO

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This Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization will  meet with a lot on the line. The MPO board will hold a public hearing on its priorities with the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which includes the Tampa Bay Express (TBX), the controversial proposal by the Florida Department of Transportation that would install toll lanes on I-275 in the Tampa Bay area. Because of public interest, the MPO recently announced that it will move the meeting from the 26th floor of…

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New Hillsborough County EPC head Janet Dougherty agrees to give up political activities in new job

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Last Friday night, Janet Dougherty could be seen hobnobbing with various Republican Party friends at the Hillsborough County Lincoln Day Dinner at the Pepin Center in Tampa — the annual fundraiser for the local GOP that will help the party as it tries to win local, state and the presidential race in 2016. But it’s the type of event that she will no longer be able to attend as executive director of the county’s Environmental Protection Commission, after attorneys representing herself  and…

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Hillsborough County PTC promises deregulation of some rules regarding Uber and Lyft

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Having survived a proposal in the Legislature that would have prevented them from making any rule changes to regulate Uber and Lyft, Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission executive director Kyle Cockream said today that he will soon be recommending the “deregulation of some of our rules that we have.” The two ride-sharing companies have been out of compliance with PTC regulations since they both began operating in the county over a year ago. Since that time, the PTC has held…

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