Drink coffee, talk innovation
Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe is giving a boost to his regular coffee talks. Sharpe is talking a lot these days about something he (and others) are calling Innovation Tampa Bay, or ITB. It involves working with economic officials and companies to assemble an inventory of businesses and institutions in the region doing innovative things and tailoring economic recruiting efforts to emphasize those assets. Or something like that. Sharpe insists it's more than a branding exercise.
In any event, in order to get people talking, Sharpe is inviting guests to his occasional coffee drinking sessions at Buddy Brew Coffee, 2020 W Kennedy Blvd. The first is 9 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17), with guests Dr. Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF Morsani College of Medicine, and Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen.