Hillsborough to Super Size Economic Development
From 83 Degrees Magazine the
new media of Tampa Bay.
heard a presentation Tuesday on the county’s issues and opportunities on
attracting new business as they finally start to make small cosmetic
efforts on addressing the devastated economy.
The presentation was
political theatre for the public, the plan has already been written and
decided upon in smoke filled back rooms, these meetings are just trail
balloons, shams and sales jobs.
The upshot of the
meeting: We have to move past selling Tampa’s brand of fun sun and cheap
living to update with a new brand selling the same idea to the same
audience. We also need to assure that USF and other stagnant bloated
organizations are allowed to continue to stifle the local community. In
other words business as usual.
But there were hints
at something worth watching. The Industrial Development Authority while
an obscure shadowy organization does have the legal right to bonding
authority. Expanding the IDA would allow badly thought-out boondoggles
to avoid public scrutiny and approval. Rail is expected to be built by
the expanded IDA bonds, bypassing the expressed will of the voters while
allowing politicians to pretend innocence.
expanded IDA would buy and finance land for economic development as it
can do now. The Hillsborough County government creed of “For and by the
developers” will be better served by a group of appointees buying the
land of the commissioners donors and supporters with government backed
From 83 Degrees
Magazine the new media of Tampa Bay.