Development Committee Opens New Business
A New Hard Rock Cafe will open at
the site Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa within three months.
Economic Advertising to Bring Jobs
Tourists are hard to come by these
days, harder then finding a buyer for your house...More...
Senator Finds How to Balance State Budget
Florida State Senator
Bill Maxim (R-South Tampa) has a new untapped and growing tax revenue source
so strong it will balance the state budget. “We must look for new revenue
sources, which we have found now, to avoid drastic cuts to our pork barrel
Partnership Offers Mortgage Assistance Plan
With half the
Tampa Bay area mortgages in negative equity “The effective and dynamic
growth business model of the Florida economy needs just a little nudge right
now” Vince McKay of the Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership told Florida
Jobs Report, an in-depth look
The Bureau of
Labor Statistics has issued job news which, at first glance, appears grim
for Florida and Tampa Bay.83 Degrees explores the new data in depth.
It Will Not Get Much Worse
Silver Lining to Jobs News
Our Economy is Active
Who is Affected?
Trailblazing to the Future
Degrees Magazine Receives Community Excellence Award
Since the November launch 83
Degrees Magazine has been given the coveted City Excellence Award by the
Greater Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership for its contribution to the Tampa Bay
At the end of 2009 it was known
that 25% of all children in Hillsborough County were receiving food stamps,
with 21% of Pinellas children in the same program. Nationally the average is
only 11.5%. ...More
Can’t Hold Them Back
has always lead American states in population growth; our economic model is
dependant upon it and is simply called the “growth model”. From 2001 to 2005
we had tweaked the model so successfully we were first in domestic
2003 A Good Year
The S+P Case Shilller home
price index reported that Tampa Bay home prices fell in Oct. 2009 15% from
the previous October. Home prices fell to their lowest point in six years,
matching the September of 2003 data.
Cranes Are Back Baby!
Condos are coming back to sunny
Tampa Bay! 38 Million dollars of stimulus funding, meant for jobs creation,
will get the Central Park Village condos back on tack, while 14 Million
dollars will be steered to erect the Portland, an affordable housing project
in downtown St Pete....More
Complaints Against Commissioner White
An undisclosed female employee
in Commissioner White’s office has filed harassment a hostile workplace
complaint against the commissioner this week. The document states she, as
the only woman in the office not sexually harassed by White, was ostracized
by her coworkers, ridiculed and her career harmed...More
Job Stimulus Report Recommendations
The Greater Tampa bay Chambers’
Economic Stimulus task fore has issued recommendations for job creation
initiatives in Tampa Bay.
Busse is our economic hero of the week for the fantastic growth of his
booming business. Revenues have increased by over 50% this quarter. His
leading the firm to great growth this year proves the economic vitality of
Tampa Bay is strong. More...
The Awards for Awards is announced
The expertise of Tampa Bay area’s leadership shines at award ceremonies. We
produce awards in Tampa Bay, many awards for many people, happening year
round for every conceivable reason.
The spoiled children managing tourism development are upset about the
attention economic development is getting, and really steamed to discover
that it gets funding they feel entitled to.
Professor Just Doesn’t Get It
Economics professor Dr. Joe Dieppe of the prestigious Bastogne School of
Business spoke with us regarding his Tampa Bay economic forecasting. Dr.
Dieppe predicted 2008-09 more accurately then any one else so his thoughts
are of particular interest. What follows is a question and answer session
between 83 degrees and Dr. Dieppe.
Best Places to Be Laid Off From
83 Degrees is looking for your input on the positive economic news. What
is your pick for the top workplace to get laid off from in Tampa Bay?
Cutting staff is never easy; help us identify who does it painlessly and
with a smile.
Florida Needs Bernie Madoff
Florida is at a critical junction economically and socially to preserve our
economy and political culture we require strong leadership with specific
skills. That man is obviously Bernie Madoff. He is the master of the “growth
business model”, already has legal representation, is not afraid of court
rooms or corruptions and must be desperate to leave New York by now.
Answers for the Unemployed
The number of unemployed in Tampa Bay is ridiculous. For the sake of our
community they all need to get out, leave and stop making us look bad.
Good News on Unemployment
Tampa Bay’s unemployment rate is climbing regularly and is now nearly 12%
yet now we good news! Uganda and Somalia both have far worse unemployment
then we do here in Tama Bay.
Food Stamp Professionals
Launch in Tampa Bay
The Food Stamp Professionals are the newest and fastest growing
professionals group in Tampa Bay. They have exploded onto the business
networking scene representing and educating a key and growing demographic –
professionals now living on food stamps.
We Pay in
For decades Floridians have boasted “we pay in sunshine” to explain the low
wages common in the state. This is the cornerstone of the trilogy of
delusion we feed ourselves regarding our economy. Great weather, low cost of
living and a growing population are the keys to our plans for success. This
is what the New Yorker calls the “Florida Ponzi Scheme."
Economic Development Showcased
Ken Nogin of the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership committee of 5
reported today “things are looking up definitely in Tampa Bay, our economic
development efforts are bringing new businesses to Tampa Bay all the time”.
Roll Over for the Rays
The Rays baseball team continues unabated their public spectacle demanding a
new waterfront stadium. Ice cream entrepreneur Will Schmidt is enthused
about the plan “I want the same deal the Rays got for my business, a deal I
feel is fair between any privately owned business and the city government”.
Politicians Now Come Cheap
A sign of hard economic times is the depression of prices for the leasing
and buying of city councilmen and County Commissioners throughout Tampa Bay.
More Branding is the Answer
Tough economy? More branding. Boom Times? More branding! It is the snake oil
of easy government and leadership. It is alluring self delusion reinforced
by slick glossy ads, sexy commercials, media appearances and cronies getting
Tampa Bay’s Next Big Economic Boom is Here!
“Every foreclosure is a camping opportunity. We expect Florida to produce
more active campers then any state in the union over the next few years”
said Greater Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership VP Sarah Brown at the 2010
economic forecast meeting.
Aggressive Green Jobs Proposal
for Tampa Bay
“We must use our abundant natural sustainable resource of unemployed real
estate agents as slave labor at the Teco power plants” says Don Ashton of
the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership. “There is a lot of interest and
federal funding for green jobs programs, the public supports them, we have
an over population of annoying real estate people not working, and Teco is a
key community resource that funds the Tampa Bay Chamber Partnership, plus
Florida already has history as a slave state.”
South of Kennedy Grows Rapidly
Today all of Saint Petersburg, Brandon, Sarasota, Bradenton, Naples were
declared to be part of Tampa Bay and “South of Kennedy” by the Greater Tampa
Bay Chamber Partnership who now claims themselves to be the sole Chamber for
all business activity and economic development in these communities.
Tampa Bay’s Fast
Growing Population Segment
Tampa Bay is beating out all Florida metros in a key population segment ripe
with economic opportunities for local business. The homeless population in
Hillsborough County alone is over 10,000, greater then any other county in
the entire state.
Free Food for the Unemployed
The economy in Tampa Bay is producing great hardships for many. Many
have to choose between feeding their family or paying the mortgage. Feeding
the unemployed is being made a priority at the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber
Local Woman Aspires to
Kate Rollin is determined to fill her long held dream of being
underemployed. Tired of unemployment she seeks to better herself and her
family through any menial, even degrading, work for minimum wage.
The “Secret” to Economic
Our community group think attracts success or failure of the local economy.
When we think a thought we attract like thoughts. When enough people share
the same thought it becomes reality. If we want to change or preserve our
economy it is imperative we police our thoughts on the economy.
South Tampa Douche Bag Club
The South Tampa Douche Bag Club (STD’s) wants you in the club! They are
now aggressively reaching out to the community to invite potential members
to learn more about, experience and to join the club.
Land Mass North of
A South Tampa man who became disoriented and lost made a shocking
discovery of a huge land mass north of Kennedy Boulevard this week. He
survived for days while exploring these new lands returning to civilization
amid great fan fare for his discovery.
Tamps Needs Greco as Mayor
Tampa needs the firm and experienced hand of Dick Greco at the helm
every bit as much as he needs to be Mayor again. He alone in these turbulent
times can preserve Tampa against the rising tides of threats and change. He
alone is a man driven to need and succeed at the job.
Local Man Vindicated With Facebook
Frank Millhouse has maxed out on Facebook, he accepted his 5000th
friend on the popular social networking site this week. This limit was set
so high as Facebook executives never thought a person could have so many
More Privatization in St Pete Government
The recent privatization of the Baywalk sidewalk in Saint Petersburg has
lead the city council to see and peruse further privatization at the city to
make the government operate more efficiently.
Child Beggars Swarmed Tampa Bay Neighborhoods
Throngs of hungry children took to the streets begging for food openly
and aggressively the last Saturday in October. Part protest and part cry for
help the bay area unemployed went door to door asking for food using their
children to evoke sympathy. Protestors appeared in costume to protect their
identities as well as to attract attention.
Tampa Bay’s defining event Gasparilla returns in January. Its deep impact on
our area socially, economically, culturally as well as psychologically is
profound and the subject of local author Will Nilly’s latest book.
Suggested Reading for Tampa
Tampa Bay is a complex community rich in history and diversity.
To truly understand this metro we recommend you read the following
books to better understand Tampa Bay.
Tampa’s Cultural Boom
The deep impact of the cultural arts in heard and felt all over Tampa
Bay, Big things are happening and more to come in short order. Tampa Bay has
a great deal to be proud of, such as the phenomenal boom of the cultural
arts in Downtown Tampa. Some recent highlights are:
Sports as Economic Development
Sports venues are seen as an important resource to lead us out of economic
recession. Our valuable assets like Raymond James Stadium, Tropicana Field
and the St Pete Times Forum will change the very fabric of their surrounding
economy and living experience. Additionally they are investing in local
business expected to benefit us with jobs and tax revenues.