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Florida State Senate Rallies Around Country's First High-Speed Rail

Members of the Florida Senate are hoping private companies will step up to cover the $280 million construction bill for Florida's high-speed rail project.

Gov. Rick Scott has recently stated his reluctance to put state money toward the high-speed rail project.

Having the first high-speed rail system in the country should provide ample incentive for companies, according to comments made by state representatives in The St. Petersburg Times.

More than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project.

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Florida's First All-Electric Car Dealer Picks St. Pete

Suncoast Electric Vehicles is preparing to open Florida's first electric-only car dealership.

Among the electric vehicles is the Wheego Whip LiFe, which is highway certified and reaches a 100-mile range per charge.

Automakers Think and Coda may possibly be sold at the dealership, according to a recent article in USA Today.

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Siemens Demonstration Unveils Proposal For High-Speed Rail

German engineering giant Siemens recently unveiled its plans for the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail.

A demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry introduced the style of train and construction proposal for the project.

Siemens will enlist Skanska, FCC Construction and Veolia Transportation to build the tracks if it is chosen to construct the high-speed rail project.

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Tampa Trib, St. Pete Times Endorse Penny Transportation Tax

On Nov. 2 Hillsborough County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed one-cent sales-tax increase to fund transportation enhancements.

The Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times editorialized in favor of the tax increase in their Oct. 3 editions.

A tax increase would result in a light-rail project connecting the University of South Florida to downtown Tampa, and west from downtown to West Shore and Tampa International Airport.

The increase would also fund bus expansions including 134 miles of new local routes and 315 miles of new express service connecting the areas of Brandon and New Tampa with the University of South Florida and Plant City.

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Tampa Chamber Tours New Light Rail System In Phoenix

Members of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce toured the new light rail system in Phoenix to better understand the potential impact of a proposed similar new system in Tampa, ABC Action News reporter Brendan McLaughlin reports.

Ridership in Phoenix far surpasses initial expectations as the light rail system becomes increasingly popular transportation for university students and downtown workers. Some 40,000 people per day ride the Phoenix trains.

In Tampa, the first legs of a proposed light rail system would connect the downtown business district with the University of South Florida and neighborhoods in North Tampa as well as to Tampa International Airport (TIA).

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Pinellas Explores Possibility Of Expanding Jolley Trolley

The nonprofit Jolley Trolley offers a unique transportation service for Clearwater Beach visitors for a fee of $1.75 per ride.

Now the trolley's directors are interested in expanding service to include downtown Clearwater, Dunedin, Honeymoon Island and tourist hot spots like the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.

An annual operation fee of $150,000 is needed to make the service expansion a reality, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

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Foreign Nations Compete For Tampa-Orlando High-Speed Rail Contract

Six foreign companies are currently competing for the chance to lend their expertise to the construction and maintenance of the country's first high-speed rail line.

China, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain have sent representatives to Florida to make their pitch for a construction contract on the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail.

The project will generate 5,000 jobs in construction, maintenance and operations, according to Florida Rail Enterprise Executive Director Kevin Thibault.

The Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail is slated to begin running by 2015.

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St. Pete-Clearwater International Gains Midwest Service From Frontier

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) has gained a new airline.

Starting Nov. 18, Frontier Airlines will move its seasonal service between Milwaukee and Tampa International Airport to PIE.

Frontier will also begin offering nonstop flights from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International to Omaha running Jan. 16 through April 17. Service between Denver and Tampa will remain at Tampa International Airport.

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Manatee, Sarasota Counties Team Up To Attract Tourists

Manatee and Sarasota counties are teaming up to look for new ways to draw more crowds to the region.

Tourism bureaus will combine marketing efforts in the weeks leading up to the Ringling International Arts Festival presented by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from Oct. 13-17.

Another important step in attracting new visitors will be German airline Condor's decision to expand its service to a Tampa Bay area airport.

Should Condor select the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport the region could experience an estimated annual economic impact of $35 million.

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Polk County Eager To Be Key Player In Larger Super Region

As the economy recovers, Polk County officials are looking to develop the area into a super region.

Officials have examined transportation and logistical infrastructure, including the development of the University of South Florida Polytechnic's technical school and research facility alongside Interstate 4, an intermodal transportation hub located at the campus and the university's use of building business incubators in Lakeland and Winter Haven.

The county has also set aside $35 million in federal funding to widen U.S 98 to six lanes with a bicycle path, according to the News Chief.

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Tampa-Orlando Rail: Just One Of 10 High-Speed Corridors In Nation

High-speed rail is on its way to several cities in the U.S., including Tampa and Orlando.

The Philadelphia Inquirer lists 10 corridors selected for high-speed rail development ranging from a 220-m.p.h. train between Los Angeles and San Francisco to upgrading existing service in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

Tampa's corridor would have an initial cost of $3.2 billion with an expansion to Miami bringing the total to $11.5 billion.

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Hillsborough Aviation Authority Throws Support Behind TIA Light Rail

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority unanimously decided to support a light rail transit link to Tampa International Airport.

Light rail has been a possibility for the Tampa airport since the late '90s, according to The Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Unlike high-speed rail, light rail is more localized, offers less passenger capacity and travels at slower speeds.

Board members, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, also expressed support for the 1 percent sales tax increase that will appear on Hillsborough County ballots this fall.

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Moving Hillsborough Forward Raises $1 M To Push New Sales Tax

Moving Hillsborough Forward, a Hillsborough County-based organization of residents, businesses and civic groups, raised $1 million toward their effort to spread the word on the need for an expansion of transportation opportunities in the area.

The goal of the organization is to invest in educating the public on the proposed sales tax increase that will appear on November 2 ballots and to advocate in favor of the initiative.

Members of the organization include, among others, members of the Greater Tampa and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerces, Tampa Bay Builders Association and the Sierra Club.

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Tampa Officials Ponder Impact Of Development Near Rail Stations

Tampa officials are speaking out about the possibility of growth surrounding high-speed rail stations in the area.

One Tampa station in particular -- located next to a bus transfer on Morgan Street -- will become an 8.34-acre transportation center with the possibility of a light rail connection, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Some potential developments include housing, office, hotel and retail projects. Tampa's Perry Harvey park on North Orange Avenue will be revamped and a plan to bring pedestrians to the Tampa Riverwalk is underway.

High-speed rail is expected to begin running in 2015 with light rail in 2018 following approval from a 1-cent sales tax referendum appearing on ballots this fall.

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Florida's Workforce Ranked #1 In Country For 2010

America's Top States for Business Rankings, an annual CNBC study, ranks each state's ability to attract businesses based on 10 categories. The 2010 study ranks Florida's workforce at #1 -- moving up from 3 in 2009.

Overall, the state ranked #28 for its rankings of the cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, transportation and infrastructure, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital, cost of living.

For a list of each state's rankings and individual scores visit CNBC's website.

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