Tampa Bay Business Journal: November 15, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses why Tampa may need a "brand", the relationship-building that is helping Tampa International Airport, and the USF research into cars driving on their own.

Tom Hall believes Tampa needs a brand. Hall is the chairman of Tampa public relations firm Tucker/Hall. He says a brand would help give the city a distinctive identity.

Among his suggestions:

  • Build elevated moving sidewalks to connect Franklin Street to the Channel District
  • Create a sculpture district
  • Add a medical showcase complex to complement USF's CAMLS Center
  • Connect Tampa to downtown St. Petersburg with a monorail or light rail
  • Spotlight the Channel District with multi-use residential, retail, hotel, entertainment and electric cars for rent

Tampa International Airport officials work to build relationships with decision-makers around the world is paying off by attracting new international destinations.

Copa Airlines will begin flying between Panama City and TIA in December. Edelweiss Air plans to increase service between Tampa and Zurich, Switzerland to twice a week starting in March.

The University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research is forming an Automated Vehicle Institute.

The program will help communities, businesses and government agencies navigate the complex policy and planning issues that come with automated vehicle technology. The Institute will work with various planning organizations on key issues.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0KcGteLqZI or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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