July 2, 2018
Hill Ward Henderson has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients to provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and competence to ensure the timely, efficient delivery of high quality legal services. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and with the Tampa community.
Commuting, Affordable Housing, and Men leaving the Workforce
The numbers prove it - Long drives not deterring new commuter culture
June 17, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. – For some, living close to work seems like a great way to make life easier and less stressful. For others, there's no place like home - in the next county.

A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.
June 13, 2018

The economy’s booming. Some states have raised minimum wages. But even with recent wage growth for the lowest-paid workers, there is still nowhere in the country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a modest two-bedroom apartment, according to an  annual report  released Wednesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
10 th Politics in Pinellas Candidate Night
Speak to your local elected officials in person

June 6, 2018

E ach election cycle, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts Politics in Pinellas, where Pinellas County voters meet face to face with candidates for every elected office on the November ballot. The 10 th Politics in Pinellas will take place on Thursday July 26, from 3pm until 7pm, at the Epicenter, St. Petersburg College.

Candidates for elected office will answer questions, citizens may speak with their elected officials in person, and a “straw poll” will be held during the event. The St. Petersburg College Epicenter is located at 13805 58 th Street North in Clearwater, just north of Ulmerton Road.

This event is free to the public.

Announced and qualified candidates for the 2018 Election Cycle may register online at www.Clearwaterflorida.org/events

For additional information please contact:
Darryl J. Henderson
VP, Public Policy & Economic Development
Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Scorecard: Florida Lags in Manufacturing
Florida received a "D" for manufacturing and global reach, according to a report released by the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and Conexus Indiana. The 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card features an annual scorecard comparison of advanced manufacturing and logistics health among U.S. states.

Brink: Why have Florida's working-age men left the labor market in droves?
A cancer lurks within Florida’s otherwise rosy job numbers, one that’s been called a quiet catastrophe and an intractable time bomb.

Too many men between the ages of 25 and 54 have stopped working.

Economists call those the prime-age years. Incomes generally rise, houses get bought, retirement plans grow. The ride can be bumpy, but fired and laid-off workers typically get back up and look for new jobs.

Do the math, then consider the impact
Pinellas County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty has created a handy new tool to find out the tax savings they would enjoy if an additional homestead exemption is approved this fall by at least 60 percent of Florida voters. What the calculation doesn't show is the loss that local governments will suffer if the constitutional amendment passes.

The Pinellas County Economic Profile is your guide to the changing demographics, industry and economic data of our dynamic community. Each year, Pinellas County Economic Development publishes this collection of data to ensure that entrepreneurs, business developers, site selectors, and financial institutions have a full picture of the evolving economy and workforce as well as the factors that contribute and influence changes to Pinellas County’s economic health. 

Economic Development Initiatives of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsored by BayCare Health Systems.

Darryl J. Henderson
VP, Public Policy & Business Development

Questions or comments?

The Public Policy & Business Development Committee will be meeting at the St. Petersburg College, Drew Street campus, in the ES building, room 104, for the months of July and August.

Next Meeting:

Tuesday July 17, 2018
7:45 am