Personnel note: Gina Evans hired as lobbyist for Tampa International Airport

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Gina Evans, a well-liked former senior legislative assistant to Speaker of the Florida House Larry Cretul, has been hired by Tampa International Airport to lobby on state and local matters. Evans, formerly of Brewton Plante, P.A. began work earlier this week.

Evans hiring comes after a comprehensive search process that saw several local political players, including Rich Reidy, an aide to Hillsborough County Commission chairman Ken Hagan, vie for the position. In the end, Evans was the clear-cut choice of TIA’s management.

“Gina has incredible energy and the right experience,” said Janet Zink, Director of Communications for TIA. “She will be a great addition to the Tampa International Airport team.”

Earlier this month, TIA hired Van Scoyoc Associates Inc. to a three-year, $500,000 contract to lobby the federal government for funding to to reimburse $93 million of the $124 million the airport spent on a system to detect explosives in luggage after Sept. 11, 2001.

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