Bob Buckhorn

Mayor

Tampa, FL

Pro-Growth Progressive Idea: Created an economic competitiveness committee to generate ideas for building lasting economic growth

Bob Buckhorn was elected Mayor of Tampa in March of 2011.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Bob served on the Tampa City Council as Chair of the Public Safety Committee, a member of the Municipal Planning Organization and the Chairman of the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board.  He initiated and got passed one of the region’s toughest lobbyist registration ordinance, strengthened City Council financial disclosure requirements, and fought to inject competition into city government. In addition, in 2003 he proposed and helped write a massive overhaul of the City of Tampa’s code of ethics.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

Like in many cities after the recession, more housing units within the City of Tampa became rental properties, instead of owner-occupied. This resulted in an increasing number of code violations, including illegal dumping and other problems.

Solution

In the Fall of 2013, the City of Tampa launched the Landlord Training program to educate property managers and landlords about the city’s code of ordinances, how to keep properties safe, and how to navigate city procedures. The program’s goal is to help prevent code violations in the City’s rental communities.


Problem

City government is on the front line in every neighborhood, but to be effective, it is important to to give a voice to young leaders and help cultivate the next generation of neighborhood leaders who will work to move our city forward.

Solution

The City of Tampa recently launched a “Mayor’s Neighborhood University”, a 12-week course modeled after a local Chamber of Commerce program for business professionals. During the program, participants learn about how City Government operates, as well as gain skills to help establish and maintain successful neighborhood organizations.