Tampa Mayoral Candidates Face Young Professionals

If the flood of RSVPs is any indication of interest, Tampa's young professionals want to know what to expect from the city's next mayor.

David Singer, attorney at Holland & Knight in Tampa, and Jess Johnson of Vertical Integration are moderating a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Beck Group offices at 220 W. Seventh Ave. in Tampa from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Young professionals organizations, including College Leadership Florida, Connect Florida, Emerge Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough County Young Democrats, Hispanic Young Professionals (HYPE), Tampa Bay Young Republicans, TRANSITion Tampa Bay and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Tampa Bay Young Leaders Group, organized the event.

The immediate response -- more than 120 RSVPs the first day invitations went out -- would seem to indicate a strong interest in Tampa elections by the under-40 crowd, including several young professionals running for city council seats.

Such interest, Singer says, is important because young professionals' input is vital to the future of the Tampa Bay region.

"Through this forum, we hope to present a unified front of forward-thinking young professionals communicating not only to the candidates, but to the community as a whole," says Singer. "The issues affecting young professionals such as quality of life, transportation, job creation and attracting talent and investment are critical to the future success of our city as we emerge from this recession.

"Engaging young professionals in the discussion of where our city is headed is a first step in bridging the gap between the present and future leaders of Tampa. Jess Johnson and I are excited to facilitate a forum that brings our city together to discuss solutions to these complex issues."

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: David Singer, Holland & Knight LLP

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