Committee of 100 divorces from Tampa Chamber of Commerce, takes on new brand
A long-brewing division between the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and its powerful economic development arm, the Committee of One Hundred, is now official.The leadership of both groups said Thursday morning that they are becoming independent entities, St. Petersburg Times reporter Jeff Harrington reports. Read more here.
As shown above, the Committee of One Hundred was rebranded and will be known as the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. with the new slogan The bright place to be. (Wags may wonder: Where's the dim place to be?) The newly named organization will focus on job creation, with an emphasis on business retention, recruitment and growing business sectors such as life sciences, international trade and financial services. It will be funded and operated autonomously from the chamber. Its steering committee includes both Ken Hagan, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.
And the Chamber? It will focus on workforce development, small business, leadership programs and public policy issues.
"Operating as two separate entities will allow each organization to function at its highest level," Chamber chairman Henry Gonzalez said in a statement. He said it would let the chamber focus on workforce development, small business, leadership programs and public policy issues.
We'll freshen this coverage as more of the politics driving this divorce of Tampa/Hillsborough's major economic development organizations becomes clear.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist