FDIC to release updated list of 'problem banks'
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday releases the updated number of institutions on its confidential "problem bank" list. During the first quarter, the number grew from 76 to 90. The FDIC's new number is expected to top 100.
Port business tax is meeting's focus
Port commissioners will consider a proposal to phase out the tax the Tampa Port Authority levies on Hillsborough County property owners at a budget workshop Wednesday morning. County Commissioner Brian Blair wants the tax, which generated $15-million for capital projects last year, eliminated by 2010. Commissioners also will hear projections for cruise and cargo traffic for the coming year. The workshop starts at 9:30 a.m. at Port Authority headquarters at 1101 Channelside Drive in downtown Tampa.
Tampa takes look at tourism's role
"The Dollars & Sense of Hospitality in Downtown and Florida" event kicks off Wednesday morning, looking at the rising role of hospitality and tourism — and next year's Super Bowl — in downtown Tampa. It's part of a downtown debriefing series sponsored by Tampa Electric and is presented by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. Panelists include Steve Hayes of Tampa Bay & Co., Thom Stork of the Florida Aquarium and Bob Morrison of the Hillsborough County Hotel and Motel Association. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with registration followed by breakfast and an 8 a.m. presentation at Maestro's at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center at 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place. Admission is $20 for partnership members and $25 for potential members. For information, call (813) 221-3686.
Mixer encourages local connections
Pinellas County and the city of St. Petersburg, in partnership with Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC), have scheduled a "Meet-the-Locals" Business Mixer to encourage local companies to connect with potential Job Corps operators to discuss vendor and procurement opportunities. The mixer will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the PTEC St. Petersburg Campus, 901 34th Street S in St. Petersburg. Businesses may register for the event at siliconbay.org/calendar/register.asp?id=2030.
an important announcement
Fellow (shareholders) (workers), it is with an air of (sadness) (sorrow) (repetitiveness), that we say goodbye to (insert employee's full name here including middle school nickname).
(His) (Her) departure is part of a company-wide (downsizing) (rightsizing) (blitzkrieg) that comes after much (deliberation) (consternation) (stalling).
We'll always remember (insert employee first name here) as a (tireless) (selfless) employee who never (complained) (worked). For more than (a decade) (a month), we've admired (his) (her) expertise in (navigating our company's bureaucratic labyrinth) (office politics) (fixing the copy machine). And who can forget (his) (her) contributions as a special consultant to (the company president) (the mayor) (the hiccup girl)?
Outside the office, (employee first name here) was a well-known leader in the Tampa Bay area's (business) (civic) (partying) circles. But to us, ol' (insert affectionate moniker) will best be remembered for that holiday party video that's still a big hit on (YouTube) (Girls Gone Wild) (C-Span).
So join us after work today at (Bern's) Mons Venus)(the third vending machine inside the breakroom) for the big send-off. We'll always hold a special place for (insert employee first name) here at (insert company name), where everyone is (special) (one of a kind) (job hunting).