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 Member News

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. Awarded Contract for Automated People Mover at Tampa International Airport

Tampa Airport APM Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA) was awarded on November 6 a contract by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority to design, build, operate, and maintain a new Automated People Mover (APM) system at the Tampa International Airport to be completed in 2017.  Mitsubishi is responsible for implementing the new system, which includes the supply and construction of a new, approximately 1.4 mile long APM system connecting the main airport terminal and a new Consolidated Rental Car Facility.  In total, Mitsubishi will be supplying 12 new APM train cars.  The contract also includes operations and maintenance of the system for up to 15 years. Back to Top

Hillsborough Community College Survey on Enhancing Student Learning

Hillsborough Community College is reaching out to the community for input into its new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic. A QEP describes an institution's commitment to enhance student learning and is a component of the accreditation process. This plan must identify a specific area of student learning that needs improvement. Your responses will remain anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself. To facilitate participation, the Steering Committee has created a short online proposal form that describes the QEP generally and provides a space for constituencies to propose ideas.  The QEP proposal form may be accessed at the following link: This link takes community members directly to the survey, where they can read a brief QEP information summary and then enter a proposal. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or Dr. Stephen W. Lambert, QEP Coordinator, [email protected] . Back to Top

Nitro Mobile Solutions Awards Florida Parrot Rescue with a Complimentary Mobile Application in Honor of Giving Tuesday

Nitro Mobile Solutions, a leading provider of full-service mobile applications and platforms, announced Tuesday its donation of a free native mobile application and mobile services to Florida Parrot Rescue, a local nonprofit organization. This initiative is a first for Nitro, which launched its own charitable arm, eNICE, earlier this year. eNICE stands for Empowering Nonprofits in Communications and Engagement, and its mission is optimize charitable efforts for organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. By mobilizing an organization’s outreach efforts, Nitro aims to help Tampa Bay nonprofits by drastically easing communications while increasing their awareness, engagement, and donations. Nitro Mobile Solutions will reopen the floor to Tampa Bay nonprofits in October 2015. For more information, visit Back to Top
Member Events

Stageworks Theatre Celebrates the Opening of Handle With Care, onstage December 4 - 21

Shea-Gomez-McKeeR Stageworks starts the holidays with a celebration of Hannukah, Christmas, family and love - as Handle With Care opens this week. Onstage December 4-21, Handle With Care is a romantic comedy about misunderstandings, family and paths taken and not. A young Israeli woman gets snowed in on Christmas Eve after her grandmother drags her on a search for the long lost love of Mamatas-McKee2Rher life. With a half-Jewish translator struggling to remember his Bar Mitzvah Hebrew, she finds a way to celebrate. The play features Georgina McKee, Edward Gomez, Brandon Shea and Midge Mamatas, directed by Jimmy Kontos. Tickets are at or 813-374-2416. December 4-21 at Stageworks Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Saturday, Dec 6 is sold out. Tickets $30, Student/Senior $15. Preview, Thursday Dec 4 - $15 Opening Night with festive music and latkes, Friday Dec 5 - $40 Back to Top

Society of Emotional Intelligence Presents: Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach Training Dec. 10-13

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All Children's Hospital Christmas Wish List & December Events

During the holidays, we are especially grateful for the donation of patient gifts.  With the strain of the current economy and the stress of coping with complex medical conditions, families are finding it increasingly difficult to provide the "extras" that come with the holidays.
The hospital has developed a wish list for those in the community who would like to donate toys during the holidays. The list of items needed for this holiday season is available at Toys have been previously selected for all ages as well as some items needed for individual units. Once the items are purchased, they will be mailed directly to All Children's Hospital. Donations (unwrapped, please) can be dropped off at the hospital lobby, located at 501 6th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Child Life Department at 727-767-4323 7th Annual US 103.5 FM Cares for Kids Radiothon All Children’s Hospital 501 6th Avenue S. St. Petersburg December 4-5 from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m Tampa Bay’s Best Country US 103.5 FM will again take to the airwaves for the 7th Annual US 103.5 FM Cares for Kids Radiothon.  The crew from US 103.5 FM will share heartwarming patient stories and interviews.  Reindeer Band Holiday Concert December 8 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  All Children’s Hospital - 501 6th Avenue S. St. Petersburg All Children’s Hospital invites patients and their families to enjoy the sounds of the holidays. The Reindeer Band, consisting of community musicians, will play a variety of wind instruments while giving patients an opportunity to join in and play. This interactive experience will be a great way for our patients and families to ring in the holidays. Winterfest Gets Patients and Families Into the Holiday Spirit Dec. 10 6:00 p.m. All Children’s Hospital 501 6th Avenue S. St. Petersburg The forecast calls for snow with a mix of holiday cheer at All Children’s Hospital’s annual Winterfest. Dozens of patients and their families will enjoy a break from their rooms and partake in snowflakes, snowballs, gingerbread houses and holiday music on the rooftop deck of the hospital. There will also be an appearance by the Super Heroes from Heroes Alliance to add an extra element of fun to the night.
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Shriners Hospitals for Children - Tampa Hosts "Walk for Love" Business Kick-Off Breakfast December 9

Walk for Love Breakfast Letter
Member Accolades

Valspar Championship Earns “Best Of” Award at PGA TOUR Tournament Meetings

The Valspar Championship presented by BB&T (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on Thursday, November 20 in La Quinta, Calif. The Valspar Championship earned an award for “Best Sales – Year Over Year (Percentage)” during the 2014 tournament at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead). Despite having had less than a full cycle to execute the event, Valspar made a remarkable impact on tournament revenue as title sponsor. Thanks to the collaboration with its host organization, The Copperheads, the Valspar Championship developed an engaging vendor program, ultimately resulting in a year-over-year tournament sales increase of 58 percent to earn the “Best Sales – Year Over Year (Percentage)” award. The 2015 Valspar Championship, won this year by John Senden, will be held March 9-15 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead). Back to Top

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Fowler White Boggs Board Member Appointed as Chair of the Florida Council of 100

Law_Rhea_1500x2100Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC | Fowler White Boggs is proud to announce that Rhea F. Law has been appointed as Chair of the Florida Council of 100, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders that exists to promote the economic growth of Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of its citizenry. Law serves as chair of the firm's Florida offices and a member of the Board of Directors. She focuses her practice in the areas of government, environmental law and land use. With more than 30 years of experience, Law handles entitlement, permitting and zoning matters with specific emphasis on commercial, industrial and residential mixed use developments throughout Florida. Law specifically focuses on the developments of regional impact, sector plans and the establishment and operation of community development districts. She received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Back to Top