Two Tampa business recruiting groups share common goals and, soon, common location
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. -- formerly known as the Committee of One Hundred -- continues its separation from its affiliated Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce by co-locating or sharing space with Tampa Bay & Co.
The Tampa Hillsborough EDC and Tampa Bay & Co. both work to attract new business to Tampa and Hillsborough, one by recruiting expanding or relocating businesses and the other by pitching the area as a good spot for conventions, major sporting events and tourism. Here's what Maryann Ferenc, chairman of the Tampa Bay & Co. board of directors, offered in a statement:
"We are excited about the many opportunities for collaboration that will exist with this transition. While we serve different audiences, the message is the same, “We’ve shared ideas and worked together for years, and now we have the potential to take that collaboration to a whole new level.”
The two organizations officially make the transition in January 2010, when the Tampa Hillsborough EDC takes residence at 401 E. Jackson St., Suite 2100, in downtown Tampa. We'll have more on this later today.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist