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Mayor Jane Castor appoints economic opportunity director

Rob Rosner has worked for the city for five years and managed several Community Redevelopment Areas, including downtown and the Channel District.
Rob Rosner has been named Tampa's director of economic opportunity by Mayor Jane Castor.
Rob Rosner has been named Tampa's director of economic opportunity by Mayor Jane Castor. [ City of Tampa ]
Published Jul. 14, 2020
Updated Jul. 15, 2020

TAMPA — A key Community Redevelopment Area official has been tapped to spearhead the city’s efforts on economic and business development.

Rob Rosner, who most recently was the manager of several redevelopment areas, including downtown and the Channel District, was tapped for the post Tuesday by Mayor Jane Castor.

His new role comes at a time when the city has announced plans to shift some city resources from thriving areas like downtown to struggling areas like East Tampa.

In June, the City Council announced plans to move toward dissolving the downtown and Channel District redevelopment areas, which have been in place for decades and played crucial roles in their renaissance.

Council members have said the relative prosperity of downtown and the adjacent Channel District made continued direct city investment unnecessary. Castor has said she supports that effort.

Related: City Council moves to sunset Downtown and Channel District CRAs

In his new role, Rosner, 49, will report to Carole Post, the city’s administrator of development and economic opportunity. His salary will be $125,000.

Post said in a statement that Rosner will focus on business recruitment and strategic initiatives.

The mayor said he would play an important role in executing her vision.

“During his time at the CRA, Rob has done so much to improve our urban core developing numerous projects in Downtown and Channel District.” said Castor in a new release Tuesday. “As I have said before, this city is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in my lifetime. We are excited to have Rob expand his role to bring his passion and expertise to help make this vision come to reality across the whole city.”

Rosner began his career with the city in 2015 as an urban development manager managing four of the city’s redevelopment areas.

In that role, Rosner oversaw renovations at the Convention Center and was the city’s point person for the massive $3 billion Water Street Tampa project.

He also supervised the Sail Plaza, multiple Riverwalk Improvements, and various Channel District projects.

Rosner started his career in Indianapolis, Indiana working for various architecture and engineering firms on development and redevelopment projects throughout the Northeast, Midwest and South.

Rosner is a graduate of Purdue University with a landscape architecture degree. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University in Alabama.

He also represents the city as a board member for several organizations, including the Glazer Children’s Museum Board and the Tampa Bay History Center Board.