ED’S VISION FOR TAMPA
TAMPA GO PLAN
A COMPLETE TRANSPORTATION FOR TAMPA
Ed’s TAMPA GO PLAN will create congestion proof transit corridors connecting Tampa’s local neighborhoods to our major business centers NOW. Ed’s GO PLAN uses new transit technologies running on existing public streets, freight rail corridors, and waterways to create a seamless, affordable and convenient mobility system that serves most of Tampa. The goal is simple — to get us going again, around congestion, and on the road to sustainable growth and prosperity. Ed’s GO PLAN guarantees that $15 billion in new transportation revenues approved by voters will be spent wisely, on local projects to reduce congestion, keep us safe, and benefit Tampa and Hillsborough County taxpayers FIRST, not lobbyists, consultants and special interests.
BUILDING A BETTER CITY
SMARTER GROWTH, BETTER HOUSING
Tampa needs robust business districts and fresh approaches to rebuilding our older commercial corridors, all supported by new and emerging transit options. Ed will promote new housing initiatives in conjunction with GO PLAN corridors, so growth doesn’t overcrowd our streets and people can get around without the need to use a car. Ed’s PLACES AND SPACES PLAN will make it easier for people to invest in new businesses in our older commercial corridors. Ed will promote a range of new housing initiatives to create more affordable home and rental options, and new programs to help lower income homeowners repair and improve their homes.
LEADING IN INNOVATION
AN EMPOWERED 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY
Ed believes we must create a civic and economic environment that has innovation at its heart. We need to make it easy for people to invest in themselves and their businesses. Ed’s goal is for Tampa to be one of the best places in America where good ideas and the people behind them can succeed. Ed will establish an Office of Innovation and Public Private Partnerships to promote an innovation ecosystem that connects people with good ideas and the resources to pursue them. Ed wants to introduce innovation and creativity into the delivery of City services, so Tampa can provide better services with existing revenues.
PUTTING TAXPAYERS FIRST
Ed believes that fiscal prudence is the foundation for a prosperous city. Ed will be careful with your tax dollars. As a County Commissioner, Ed did eight multi-billion budgets, each four times larger than the Tampa City budget, and cut property tax rates every year. Ed also is the only Mayoral candidate who consistently opposed extravagant transit projects. Ed forewarned about exploding municipal debt from a bad bond deal, warnings that went unheeded, and that debt will now cost taxpayers $17 million each year. And Ed is the only Mayoral candidate with the knowledge, experience and track record that you can rely upon to ensure that the new transportation tax dollars are spent wisely. He guarantees that these funds will be invested in projects that work, and that benefit everyone, and not spent on projects that benefit lobbyists, consultants and special interests.
PROMOTING A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
OPPORTUNITY AND FAIRNESS FOR ALL
Our prosperity is best ensured by creating jobs and economic opportunity for everyone. Tampa needs to support the economic mobility of all of its citizens by removing barriers to progress that encumber too many. Diversity and inclusion will be a hallmark of Ed’s administration. Ed will restructure the City’s procurement programs to give small minority businesses and entrepreneurs to gain experience and better compete in the marketplace. Ed will also promote better urban housing, and better transit that serves our local neighborhoods. Ed will also make sure that our criminal justice system is fair and even-handed.
AN EDUCATION MAYOR
GOOD SCHOOLS FOR ALL
Schools are the foundation of neighborhoods. Tampa cannot prosper without good schools for everyone. Ed is committed to improving the quality of education in all of our neighborhoods. He understands the challenges that working families have in making ends meet while furthering the education of their children. Ed will work with the School Board, County, Florida legislature, neighborhoods, businesses, and community organizations to fashion public and private sector solutions to address these challenges. He knows that we must remove the turf and political barriers to help our students most in need.
A VISIONARY MAYOR FOR OUR REGION
A VISION THAT WORKS, A RECORD YOU CAN COUNT ON
Ed is the only candidate who has the vision, knowledge and experience to lead our City and the Tampa Bay Region into the 21st century.
Ed knows that Tampa’s Mayor does more than lead our City — Tampa’s Mayor must lead our region. Ed is the only candidate with a 30-year track record as a visionary, regional leader. Ed introduced the first regional commuter rail plans and co-founded Tampa Bay Water that ended a generation of water wars. He led the Florida 2012 Olympic bid that knitted together Tampa, St. Petersburg and Orlando for the 2012 Olympic games bid and created a statewide coalition to fund high speed rail. He also introduced regional ferry service to Tampa Bay. Ed is the only candidate awarded the Tampa Bay Partnership’s and Central Florida Partnership’s top leadership awards. He also was awarded the Public Servant of the Year by 1000 Friends of Florida, the Local Public Official of the Year by Florida Audubon, and received the National Transportation Leadership Award by the National Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.