2016 Legislative Agenda

Our 2016 Legislative Agenda was developed with the input and involvement of investors and stakeholders throughout Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

Together, we identified common goals that transcended city and county boundaries and allowed us to speak with one voice on the critical issues impacting our region. Central to our legislative agenda are efforts to advance regional economic drivers, improve transportation infrastructure and create a more attractive business climate for high-wage jobs and capital investment. 

Regional Assets 

To protect and advance the regional assets that power our economy and create a world-class community, the Tampa Bay Partnership:

  • Successfully supported the appropriation of $22.5 million to construct the new Morsani College of Medicine and USF Heart Health Institute in Downtown Tampa. 
  • Successfully supported the appropriation of funds to further develop Tampa Bay’s world-class athletic and sports performance assets, including the Benderson Rowing Facility in Sarasota County.

Regional Connectivity 

To promote investment in a transportation infrastructure that improves the movement of people and commerce throughout our region, the Tampa Bay Partnership: 

  • Successfully supported the appropriation of funds for key regional projects identified within the Florida Department of Transportation’s Five-Year Work Plan for Districts 1 and 7, including:
    • Tampa Bay Express Phase I
    • Tampa Bay Premium Transit Options Study
    • SR 54/56 Corridor Improvements
    • I-75/University Blvd. Interchange Improvements
  • Successfully supported the approval of the $3.3 billion Tampa Bay Express transportation project by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Regional Competitiveness

To strengthen the key competitiveness factors that drive high-wage job creation and capital investment within our region, the Tampa Bay Partnership:

  • Successfully supported legislation to make permanent the sales and use tax exemption on manufacturing machinery and equipment. 
  • Successfully supported the appropriation of $10 million to market Florida as a premiere destination for business recruitment and expansion.

We are closely monitoring a select group of additional issues throughout the year. Each item will be carefully evaluated for its potential impact on the economic competitiveness of the Tampa Bay region, and elevated to a legislative priority as appropriate.