Tampa Downtown Partnership Debriefing Series Takes on the Continuing Transportation Investment DiscussionTampa, FL – (December 7, 2012) – Is gaining the right to tax itself a good move for the City of Tampa? Are we ready for another transportation tax referendum in 2014 (at what tax rate and type)? Can we learn any lessons from the planned Fort Lauderdale Streetcar system? All of these ideas and isues will be discussed at the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s upcoming Debriefing Series forum next week.
Tampa Downtown Partnership Debriefing Series presents
Post-Transportation Rerferendum Discussion
Tuesday, December 11
7:30am – Networking and Registration, 8:00-9:00am – Program & Continental Breakfast
Members of the media are invited as the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s guest to the Debriefing Series forum, and asked to RSVP your attendance to Kimberly Finn Weaver.
Two years ago Hillsborough County citizens voted down a transportation referendum that called for a penny sales tax to invest in a comprehensive, countywide transportation improvement plan. As a community, we learned a lot of important information during the referendum process. During the time since, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has completed a post-referendum analysis. The Downtown Partnership has invited Ray Chiaramonte, HIllsborough County Planning Commission and MPO Executive Director, who will share the study results and take a fresh look at what we’ve learned and how we can move forward on a regional transportation system. Clarence Eng, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc., will discuss the role streetcars play in redevelopment.
So why is this issue so important to the Tampa Downtown Partnership? Christine Burdick, Tampa Downtown Partnership President explains, “Efficient downtown accessibility and circulation directly relates to future economic growth. We cannot have a dynamic urban core without a robust transportation system offering a variety of mode choices. The Partnership was actively involved in the Moving Hillsborough Forward campaign leading up to the 2010 referendum, and we look to continue taking a leadership role in championing the transportation investment initiative.”
About Tampa Downtown Partnership
The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.