Tampa's road to recovery
Mayor determined to stay on track
- Duration 3:13
- Date Jul 17, 2012
Mayor determined to stay on track
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Safe you very much despite the troubled economy some American cities are slowly showing signs of recovery.
For example in just one year Tampa Florida went from ten point six unemployment -- eight point six so what are they doing differently.
Tampa mayor Bob -- Democrat joins us now to share his sick it's good morning to mr.
-- Roy and -- -- bin mayor for fifteen months.
You've seen this turnaround unemployment on the -- we don't.
Well we're trying to change Tampa's economic DNA I mean we streamlined the permitting process we tried to make our city more competitive.
We started talking about a new message in -- a new economy that's not based purely on real estate and and developing and so we realize that the jobs of the future are not the jobs of the past.
And we've got to change the way we do business so we really have focused on.
Making us more competitive.
So when you say real estate and talking about the for closure rate -- -- Tampa was in the top five I believe.
Four for closure rates.
How is that going is that easy -- getting better are you just focusing on I think it's getting better and we slowly but surely that bubble in the pipeline is moving that's not to say we don't have our challenges we do.
But I think there we are coming out of this I think in better shape than most cities particularly in Florida and I think we're gonna lead the way out of this recession this.
As Florida cities -- I know that you say that Miami and Orlando sometimes get more attention in Florida -- your city so.
What do you wanna say about Tampa that would attract somebody to come down or does it well it's a great place to raise family -- -- great quality of life it's a great place to grow your business I mean we have attractions that.
No other cities have.
And I think we have a certain dynamic in -- that other cities don't have.
I mean there is a resurgence in Tampa like I've never seen before and -- this is my third tour of duty at City Hall.
People are excited about what the future is in Tampa and they are energized and they are moving forward.
And a future in six weeks the Republican National Convention will be there I just found out where I'm gonna be doing -- so far from from the use of thanks very much.
What does that gonna -- to the economy so many people coming to visit insane in the hotels Gretchen is -- coming up part.
They'll be 50000 people they -- they'll be 151000 members of the media.
This is our chance on the international stage and we are going to dance like we have never danced before.
When we are done hopefully when people think of Florida they will think of cities other than Miami Orlando they will no Tampa Florida.
We've never had a shot like this before.
We are in mid -- American city hosting a major major international event.
We are looking forward to it I think we're gonna shine and I think we're gonna -- -- -- story like it's never been told before.
Your politicians I just want to ask you one final exit question what we've been talking about this morning is a comment that the president made on Friday when he was in Virginia about small businesses.
Being created thanks to the government.
-- get a lot of blowback from that how would you respond well I think small businesses and any successful person is created by what people haven't side.
That drive that passion that unwillingness to lose that commitment to outdo anybody to work harder than anybody.
That's what drives success does government have a part in it perhaps in some businesses.
But I think ultimately the success of any venture whether it's as an elected official or as a business is is driven by the individuals and in that is not accidental.
Sounds like you disagree with the president and to a certain extent.
I guess you do that to -- I look forward to seeing you in -- just six weeks away if there's something deceived his -- effects.