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Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Chamber On The Move In Downtown Tampa

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation has moved into the SunTrust bank building in downtown Tampa, on the same floor occupied by Tampa Bay & Company.

The new offices in Suite 2100 at 401 E. Jackson St. are strategically situated to enable the EDC to partner more closely with the visitor and convention bureau on projects that will help attract new businesses, special events such as the Super Bowl and major conventions, while spurring economic growth and creating jobs throughout the Tampa Bay region.

"We have the same core mission, but our audiences are different,'' says Keith Norden, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC. "Great synergies already working in many collaborative efforts'' will be enhanced by the co-location.

The EDC is a public-private partnership funded by governments, businesses and corporations in Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa. The group was previously part of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, where it was known as the Committee of One Hundred. It split from the Chamber in 2009, changed its name and is now in the middle of a rebranding campaign.

"We're an old, very historic, very well-known organization," explains Norden. "However, it was decided it would be better to be more current with our name. Because of the separation, we looked for new office space and we found this space co-located with Tampa Bay & Company.''

With the new Tampa Hillsborough EDC's evolution, the Greater Tampa Chamber is also moving from Channelside to new digs at 201 North Franklin St. on the second floor of One Tampa City Center in downtown Tampa. The Chamber offices will be closed from April 28 until April 30 while staff makes the transition.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Keith Norden, Tampa Hillsborough EDC

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