Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce voted in their Board meeting this morning to support the transportation tax referendum, joining community partner the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, who voted on Monday to support the referendum.

“The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to support this important referendum because it gives our community the right to decide to invest in our transportation future. We are supportive of efforts to expand local private and public revenue sources dedicated to transportation and expanding transit services and options for Tampa Bay,” said Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Business leaders in the community see this transportation tax referendum as the first step in the right direction towards finding transportation solutions in a city that has had its fair share of growing pains when it comes to finding public transit options in Tampa.

“The South Tampa Chamber supports the All for Transportation referendum because we believe that this is the best proposal to date to provide much needed, long-term funding for multimodal transportation options, including expanding our county bus system, but also providing opportunities to increase the safety of streets in our neighborhoods,” said Kelly Flannery, President and CEO of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Community partners such as the Tampa Downtown Partnership have also joined in to support the referendum with unanimous vote in support of it at their Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday.

“The Partnership’s Board and Executive Committee fully support the efforts of the “All for Transportation” campaign. As a diligent steward of Downtown Tampa and its stakeholders, our organization believes that increased investment in transportation initiatives will improve the quality of life in our community and encourage physical, as well as economic development,” said Lynda Remund, Acting President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

The referendum provides the framework and funding for the community to build and develop a robust transportation system that would relieve rush hour bottlenecks, enhance bus services, and expand public transit options while providing a significantly improved transportation network in the cities of Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace, and throughout Hillsborough County.