Hillsborough Economic Development
Administration Under Construction
From 83 Degrees Magazine the
new media of Tampa Bay.
The goal of “super charging” economic development
is behind the Hillsborough County Commissioners look into restructuring
the Industrial Development Authority creating a new Economic Development
The commissioners emphasized Tuesday they were not
gutting the known ineffectual bloated bureaucracy that is the Economic
Development Council, repeating that they were dedicated to the status
At the meeting James Surian, CEO of the stuffy Credit Card Processor Services firm known for sexually harassing female employees, Fubar-White Guy and
Smog, and chair of the Economic Development Council said he wants to
“To the extent that this puts more tools in our
belt this has promise” he asid “without diminishing our authority and
status this allows us to directly control bonding issues so instead of
just feeding at the trough of public money we could hook ourselves an
intravenous flow of tax payer funding directly into our coffers without
any input or control by the government or any ethics or sunshine
County industrial development authorities are
authorized by state law to own and develop land, enter contracts and
finance projects through revenue bonds, which are tied to the sales or
operations from projects that receive financial help.
Regional economic development leaders, clustered in
south Tampa, are enthused at the opportunity to bypass the voters will
expressed in the defeat the rail tax referendum by declaring the
rejected 280 million rail plan as an economic development funded through
bonds by the planned agency.
More then serving as an ATM without a PIN code the
HEDA will allow unelected uneducated and ethically challenged economic
developers to never again ask the voters what they want or think. This
plan will take the control and money away from the voters and into the
hands of those who call themselves “the right people”.
From 83 Degrees
Magazine the new media of Tampa Bay.