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First Tampa Mayor's candidates live debate Feb 2 Deeson moderates

Tampa's 5 mayoral candidates will meet in the first televised debate of the season on Wed. Feb 2. Presented by the US Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at the Tampa Bay History Center at 7 pm, WTSP Senior News Reporter Mike Deeson will moderate.


January 22, 2011

Contact: Colleen Mackin



US Green Building Council Chapter Partners with Tampa Bay History Center and WTSP to Host FIRST live broadcast of the Tampa Mayoral candidates


(Tampa, FL) – The Tampa Bay Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Tampa Bay History Center are partnering to present Building Tampa’s Future, a mayoral candidate forum with a focus on development, sustainability and job creation. The forum will be broadcast live at 7:00 pm from the Tampa Bay History Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 6:00pm.


Moderated by WTSP 10 News Senior Reporter Mike Deeson, Building Tampa’s Future will focus on hot topic issues related to Tampa and issues facing our construction industry. Questions from the moderator and the audience will center on jobs, the housing market, in-fill development, historic preservation, green building practices, growth management and sprawl.


“Tampa’s building and construction industry has been hurt by the economic downturn and it’s important for the public to understand how our incoming mayor will approach these issues, especially in Tampa’s urban core neighborhoods,” said USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director Colleen Mackin.


Mackin chose the Tampa Bay History Center to host the Feb. 2nd debate because it is the first Hillsborough County-owned LEED certified building.


“We are in the final stages of our application and anticipate a silver rating,” said History Center President and CEO C.J. Roberts. “Plus, the History Center is a great backdrop to discuss Tampa’s past and future.”



The non-partisan candidate forum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC at, or call (727) 372- 3814.


About the USGBC

The USGBC community is transforming the way we build, design and operate our buildings for healthier places that save precious resources for people to live, work, learn and play in.  UGSBC is helping create buildings and communities that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Council is the driving force of the green building industry, which is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product by 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students.  The USGBC community comprises 80 local chapters, 17,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 individuals who have earned LEED Professional Credentials.  Visit for more information


About the Tampa Bay History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history. The History Center also features a Museum Store, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), a map gallery, an event hall and the Columbia Cafe. One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the History Center’s hands-on, kid-friendly activities, together with cutting-edge interactive exhibits and theaters provide a unique educational experience. For more information, visit



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