Once every three months, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon with members of the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council.
CL attended the most recent gathering, in which the discussion of where the Chamber was philosophically in relations to the light rail proposal in Hillsborough was debated.
Now Tampa City Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena wants to have another local body represented: The Hillsborough County School District.
In a letter sent to Chamber Chairman Henry Gonzalez, Saul-Sena writes that
Since we all recognize the central role of education in Hillsborough County I think that the Chamber should consider including the School Board members and the Superintendent in these quarterly meetings.
We all understand that with the limited resources and signficant challenges facing us that increasing opportunities for collaboration benefits our entire community.
CL spoke with an official with the Chamber who could not provide an official response, but said that it would probably be looked on favorably, as the meetings are intended to foster dialogue between government agencies and the busines community.