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Janet Long proposes forming a “regional council of governments”

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After two years’ study and discussions with business leaders and elected and appointed officials, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long has come up with a way that she says will help solve problems that face all Tampa Bay governments. Long is proposing the formation of a “regional council of governments” comprised of members from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. The council would work to serve as the forum for regional decision-making by finding regional answers to transportation, affordable housing, economic development,…

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On eve of vote, economic analysis says TBX would bring 7,000 jobs, $6 billion total economic impact

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No doubt timed for maximum impact, an economic analysis performed by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council reports that the Tampa Bay Express project will generate an estimated 6,998 direct and indirect jobs and $5.8 billion in total economic impact during its six years of highway-related construction. The analysis was done for the Tampa Bay Partnership, which strongly supports TBX, the controversial billion-dollar-plus project from the Florida Dept. of Transportation with a first phase that includes building toll lanes on I-275 in Tampa.…

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Janet Long pre-qualifies for Pinellas County commission race

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Janet Long has pre-qualified in her quest for a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. To pre-qualify, Long wrote a check for $5,653.20. Long, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the District 1 at-large commission seat, which is elected countywide. Republican Martin Hughes, a Republican, has announced he will run against her. Long was elected to the commission in 2012. Before that, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. She was a Seminole City…

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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council may take on poverty as a regional issue

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A six-county agency has taken the first step to trying a different approach to help needy Tampa Bay neighborhoods. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council unanimously voted Monday to have staff members discuss strategies with a representative of the Rutgers University Business School and its Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. It is unclear when officials are expected to come back to the council with a report or recommendations. “It’s exciting,” said former Pinellas County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd.…

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Gov. Scott appoints four to Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

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Gov. Rick Scott has appointed four to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The council covers four counties including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee. The group is one of 11 regional planning councils across the state that aims to serve citizens and member governments by providing a forum to foster communication, coordination, and collaboration in identifying and addressing issues and needs regionally. Scott appointed Robert “Pete” Edwards of Tampa to a vacant seat. The retired drug court counselor begins his…

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