Community leaders from the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions met to
discuss "the power of coming together" at the 2010 Super Regional
Leadership Conference in Orlando on May 27.
The leaderships' mission is to
break down county silos to create a unified super community of
businesses that promote the Tampa Bay-to-Orlando corridor as a desirable
place to live and work. And it was there that an extraordinary gesture
Jacob Stuart presented Tampa Mayor
Pam Iorio with a check for $25,000 on behalf of Central
"We gave it to the
mayor to give to Moving Hillsborough
, a political action committee that is promoting transit
throughout Hillsborough County," says Stuart. "We gave it to advance a
regional transit agenda."
Part of that agenda
involves a proposed sales tax that would go toward a light rail system
. The referendum will come to vote in November and its
success would go a long way toward Central Florida's SunRail
light rail systems would complement the high speed rail system
that will run from Tampa to Orlando and is expected to be completed by
"I thought the gift was extraordinary,"
says Mayor Iorio. "Regionalism has come a long way in past decades. And
the donation was symbolic of that progress. We all seem to share the
general mindset that this region is important and we're all in this
Adds Tampa Bay Partnership
President Stuart Rogel, "Like the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Central
Florida Partnership understands the importance of having a robust
transit system to the economic health of a region."
Sources: Jacob Stuart, Central Florida
Partnership; Pam Iorio, Mayor of Tampa; Stuart Rogel, Tampa Bay