Forums focus on library’s NextGen Innovation Center and Human Trafficking
Tampa, Florida (April 25, 2014) – Tampa Downtown Partnership will be hosting two very different breakfast forums next week. Registration for these forums are open to both members and non-members.
Tuesday’s Forum: The Downtown Security Network Breakfast Series will take a hard look at the continuously growing global problem of human trafficking. As a port city, Tampa must stay vigilant to combat this issue, and this forum will feature representatives from agencies who will discuss how they do it. Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution, pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Florida is a hub for human trafficking, with one of the highest incidences in the country.
Wednesday’s Forum: On a very different note, The Downtown Debriefing Series will unveil John F. Germany Library’s plans for bringing new cutting edge programs including the forthcoming NextGen Innovation Center which will create jobs by providing resources needed to hone skills for jobs of the future. Some of those resources include design and creation of robots, 3D Prototypes, green screen, recording studio, and educational workshops taught by extraordinary business leaders.
Officer Roy Paz, Special Operations Bureau, Tampa Police Department
Detective James McBride, Clearwater Police Department
Connie Rose, M.S., AD.ED., Director of Survivor Programming & Leadership, Selah Freedom and Survivor & Activist Against Human Trafficking
Special Agent Greg Christopher, Innocence Lost Task Force, FBI
Other experts on Human Trafficking will be in attendance for discussion and Q & A
including Dotti Groover-Skipper HeartDance Foundation, Inc. and Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking Tampa Bay, Chair
Wednesday, April 30
7:30am – Registration and Breakfast
8am to 9am – Program
Maestro’s Restaurant at Straz Center for Performing Arts
1010 N W.C. McInnes Place
Megan Danak, John F. Germany Library
Irv Cohen and Jamie Klingman, Learning is for Everyone, Inc.
About the 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.