Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Monday, July 8, 2019


Leadership Tampa Alumni hosted LT 2.0 Law Enforcement Day on April 12, where LTA members had an opportunity to learn first-hand from Tampa Police Department Officers the training and development that officers must go through.

In May, we hosted our 2019 Legislative Wrap Up Luncheon, with 140+ attendees, to provide our membership an opportunity to hear from our delegation on the successes and challenges from Session. We discussed policy issues in Economic Development, Transportation, Education and Health Care. Legislators in attendance included: Senator Bill Galvano, Senator Tom Lee, Senator Daryll Rouson, Representative Jamie Grant, Representative Dianne Hart, Representative Wengay Newton, Representative Jackie Toledo.

We hosted a discussion centered around young professionals running for public office. Our panelists included Nicholas Glover, David Loos, and John Godwin – all young professional candidates who recently campaigned in the 2019 Tampa City Council elections. The discussion was moderated by former State House Representative Ed Narain and focused on the challenges and opportunities that come from running for office as a young professional.

The Chamber was proud to deliver a unified message in support of a balanced approach to transportation solutions at the MPO hearing. The Chamber stressed that an either-or approach to mobility and transportation solutions will not work for Tampa Bay. We must work towards a balanced multi-modal transportation network that includes transit, rail, pedestrian and bicycle and much needed safety investments to our interstate network.

The MPO voted 11-5 to approve the 2020/21 – 2024/25 Transportation Improvement Program that the Chamber supported. The vote made two changes, recommended by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), to the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The first is adding one general purpose lane in each direction from north of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard to north of Bearss Avenue with inside shoulder widening for future transit accommodation. The second change would be the addition of auxiliary lanes connecting I-275 and I-4. Improvements will be made within the existing FDOT owned right of way. The only right of way required will be for storm water ponds at Bearrs Avenue.

The Workforce Housing Caucus met with Mayor Jane Castor to discuss workforce housing opportunities in the City of Tampa, and the ideas and potential plans for developing solutions here in Tampa.

Face the Chamber with Mayor Jane Castor had 470+ attendees who heard from Mayor Jane Castor about her first 60 days in office and policy priorities important to the business community. WFLA Host Evan Donovan held a question and answer sit down with Mayor Castor and touched on Workforce Development, Workforce Housing, her first budget, transportation and more.

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Hosted 13th Annual Women of Influence Luncheon with a keynote address from Anne Geddes, photographer and philanthropist. The Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence award was presented to Sandra Braham, Ed.D, President and CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.

Education Connection committee hosted an event informing companies on how they can leverage funding opportunities for their workforce training programs.

Visit Tampa Bay hosted LTA Connect with Coffee on May 22nd at their Visitor’s Center with guest speaker Santiago Corrada, to educate Leadership Tampa Alumni about the work that Visit Tampa Bay does for the community.

50 members of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2019 graduated on May 1, 2019. This was the 48th class of Leadership Tampa.

Four Leadership Tampa Information Sessions were held to inform anyone interested in learning more about the Leadership Tampa program, with 169 participants registered.

Six days of candidate interviews for the Leadership Tampa Class of 2020 were completed on June 10, 2019. The new Leadership Tampa class will be announced later this summer.

Held 85+ council and committee meetings connecting members to the issues that they are passionate about and want to help make an impact in.

Hosted the following number of attendees at Chamber events and programming:

  • Year to Date- Jan - June: 8,800+
  • Q2 April - June: 4,300+


Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay leadership team provided information sessions about the benefits of the program to chamber member companies with a high number of young professionals.

Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay leadership team is also partnering with the University of Tampa, St. Leo University and the University of South Florida on retaining and attracting young professionals in Tampa Bay by promoting the young professionals’ group.

Hosted the Flag Officers and Key Commanders Reception where over 125 members of the military and business community networked.

Hosted Operation Partnership: Transition Tampa where over 50 transitioning military members were able to learn tips for integrating into the Tampa Bay business community.

Emerging Leaders’ Inclusion Committee volunteered at Children’s Home Network with 35 volunteers participating, and the Humane Society with 30 volunteers.

Minority Business Accelerator hosted a Community Information Session for any companies interested in learning more about the program to attend and hear directly from program participants on their experience.