Local officials to convene Thursday in Largo to discuss job growth

Stuart Rogel, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, will be presenting the findings from the research phase of the Regional Business Plan for Tampa Bay. According to a press release, the goal of the Regional Business Plan for Tampa Bay is to "create community awareness and understanding of our collective strengths, and develop a shared regional action plan to grow high-potential industry clusters as well as put the educational and policy infrastructure in place to support it."

Following Rogel's presentation, which he'll present to members from the Pinellas County Commission, Pinellas County School Board and St. Pete College, the discussion is expected to focus on interaction between the county, school boards and local colleges.

“Growing quality jobs now and in the future is critical to our community,” said Pinellas County Commission Chair Susan Latvala. “Coordinating with regional partners will allow us to leverage our strengths and make a measurable impact on the prosperity of our community for everyone.”

Dr. Bill Law, President of St. Petersburg College, said the college’s mission is to understand the needs of local businesses and to provide skilled workers. “The Regional Business Plan research has provided us with extensive information we will use to target education for the workers who will support those industries,” he said.

The public is invited to attend. It takes place this Thursday, August 4, from from 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon at Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College, which is located in the Epicenter at 13805 58th Street N. in Largo.

Despite its dominance in the news over the past month, the number one concern for Americans is actually the lack of jobs, and not the size of the deficit.

And as unemployment sits at over 9 percent nationally (and over 10 percent in Florida) some progressive economists (such as Paul Krugman) suggest the new debt deal just approved by Congress will actually damage the economic recovery.

Whether anyone can do anything short term to boost the job situation is questionable, but on Thursday members from the Bay area's education, business and political community will gather in Largo to discuss how to accelerate job growth over the coming years.

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