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Tampa Bay economy compared to five other regions; only Jacksonville was worse listen

03/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A report released today ranks Tampa Bay almost dead last out of six comparable regions. Officials from the agency say even though the area didn’t move from its overall standings last year, there have been improvements to economic development. Stuart Rogel who is the president and CEO of Tampa Bay Partnership says the creation of new jobs is one of the biggest wins.

“Tampa ranks fifth out of six communities that we bench mark against on this year’s score card. We’ve seen on th...

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At Walt Disney World President Obama calls for making US leading tourism destination listen

01/19/12 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Barack Obama says he wants to make America the top travel destination in the world. He picked Walt Disney World to promote his plans to boost tourism ahead of the GOP presidential primary in this crucial battleground state.

Standing in front of Disney's Cinderella's Castle on a picture-perfect day, Obama laid out plans to speed visa processing and make it easier for people in fast-growing China, Brazil and elsewhere to travel to the U.S. He called for a new national strategy to p...

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Despite high national unemployment, St. Petersburg job seekers are optimistic listen

01/12/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Job seekers stood in a line stretching around the block, awaiting entry to the Tampa Bay job & career fair. Dave LaBell, an organizer of the event with the Tampa Bay Times, expected 3,000 to 3,500 attendees.

Less than an hour after doors opened, the Coliseum was already bustling. Dozens of booths with companies looking to hire filled the venue. Tradewinds Island Grand Resort was an especiall...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn stumps for payroll tax cut extension, but unsure how to pay for it listen

12/07/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a plan that would extend payroll tax cuts for 160 million Americans. On a conference call today Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn supported the measure, but didn’t say how he thought it should be paid for.

The tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this month, but as part of President Obama’s American Jobs Act they can be continued. There is widespread support ...

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MacDill AFB expo supports service-disabled veteran business-owners. listen

12/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today more than 600 veterans and small businesses met at Tampa’s Convention Center, looking for ways to connect veteran business owners who have been disabled in combat with military contracts. MacDill Air Force Base organized the expo.

The Association for Service Disabled Veterans estimates that out of more than 26 million veterans, 2 million are service disabled. Eugene Toni works o...

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New Port Richey job fair draws 300 residents looking for work listen

12/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 300 job seekers and dozens of employers converged on a job fair in New Port Richey, where many residents say they are finding it difficult to find work outside of the service industry. Employers ranging from home based businesses to federal agencies were accepting applications.

It seems that Floridians need all the help they can get when it comes...

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Florida Representative Rick Kriseman urges residents to back Obama's Jobs Act listen

12/01/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida Representative Rick Kriseman says Governor Rick Scott doesn’t get it when it comes to creating jobs in the state. At a community meeting last night, the representative spoke about Obama’s American Jobs act. He says it focuses on the right ways to get the economy back on track.

“Our governor doesn’t get it and the President does get it.”

Representative Kriseman spoke to a crowd of about a dozen in St. Petersburg. The event hosted by the Florida Consumer Action Ne...

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Occupy Tampa marches in solidarity with labor unions listen

11/18/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For the first time, organized labor and the Occupy movement joined forces yesterday for a demonstration in downtown Tampa. Their central demand was that Congress pass the President’s Jobs Act. They used the construction at the Platt Street Bridge as a backdrop and an example of the kind of federal spending that will put people back to work.

About 40 union members and advocate...

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn traveling to Israel, but not Palestine listen

11/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As Tampa continues to struggle with the rest of the country to find jobs for its citizens, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is reaching out to Israel. During a press conference Tuesday night the Mayor provided details about his trip.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he is traveling to Israel to strengthen relationships with the country in an effort to attract businesses to the area. For example, a lot of the equipment that will be used in USF’s [Center fo...

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Sarasota’s Awake the State rally focuses on the “worst legislative session in Florida’s history” listen

11/02/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the Awake the State rally in Sarasota, about 120 people geared up to get out the vote in 2012. They represented a large cross section of people affected most by Florida’s deep spending cuts and social agenda.

Donna Cubit-Swoyer is secretary for the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. She says they are pushing legislators to enact fair districting in time for the next elections.

Rita Ferrandino, President of the [Sara...

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