Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tampa Bay History Center to Host Candidate Forum

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Tampa Bay History Center are partnering to present Building Tampa’s Future, a mayoral candidate forum with a focus on development, sustainability and job creation. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Moderated by WTSP 10 News Senior Reporter Mike Deeson, Building Tampa’s Future will focus on hot topic issues related to Tampa and issues facing our construction industry. Questions from the moderator and the audience will center on jobs, the housing market, in-fill development, historic preservation, green building practices, growth management and sprawl.

“Tampa’s building and construction industry has been hurt by the economic downturn and it’s important for the public to understand how our incoming mayor will approach these issues, especially in Tampa’s urban core neighborhoods,” said USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter Executive Director Colleen Mackin.

Mackin chose the Tampa Bay History Center to host the Feb. 2nd debate because it is the first Hillsborough County-owned LEED certified building.

“We are in the final stages of our application and anticipate a silver rating,” said History Center President and CEO C.J. Roberts. “Plus, the History Center is a great backdrop to discuss Tampa’s past and future.”

The non-partisan candidate forum is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Gulf Coast Chapter of the USGBC at colleen@usgbc-fgc.com, or call (727) 372- 3814.

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