2019 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program

2019 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program

Implement the change you would like to see in your commuinty. Hillsborough County now is accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program for the Fiscal Year 2019 cycle of grants. The deadline to submit an application is 3 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019. The Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program promotes historic preservation, heritage tourism, and economic development within Hillsborough County. Available grant funds are awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of one-to-one matching basis, not to exceed an award of $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year. Projects eligible for funding must be located in Hillsborough County (incorporated or unincorporated), and fall within one or more of the following non-residential project types: rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic properties, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and heritage tourism projects. An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit or private individual or entity. It may not be a federal, state, or local government, other public body, agency, department, instrumentality, political subdivision, municipality, or district thereof. The grant application, submission instructions, and a summary of past awards are available online at HCFLGov.net/hpcg. For additional Historic Preservation Challenge Grant information, visit HCFLGov.net/hpcg or contact Rebecca Hessinger, Economic Development department at (813) 272-5909. The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Review Committee will hold a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in Conference Rooms A and B on the 26th Floor of Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa. The purpose of the workshop is to review requests for funding applications received for the 2019 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant program. If needed, a second, tentative workshop is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at the same location.

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World Strategic Summit

World Strategic Summit

My wife Tampa Bay Tammy and I took a road trip to Miami to participate in the 12 annual World Economic Summit in hopes of finding our strategic place in this global world. International power players from around the world gathered at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables to share ideas and security was thick. Dignitaries, CEO’s, executives and Board Chairs, were making power moves and sharing relevant data to the more than 1,500 participants in the World Strategic Forum. The Summit was presented by The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA). On the first day the forum covered global economics, finance and innovation. On day two the topics covered were energy, infrastructure and sustainable development. Small groups broke off and discussed The Future of Work’, Cyber security and Hyper-connectivity, Disrupting Transportation, International Trade and The Diversity Dividend. Nicholas Re’millard, President & CEO of IEFA, welcomed the speakers and attendees and shared their mission to “address the major governance challenges of the new world economic order, focusing on the central role of the Americas and in the global market.” The objective of the World Strategic Forum is to foster a better understanding of opportunities and challenges at stake for the Americas in the Global Market.” A lot of handshaking and back slapping took place in the courtyard of the Biltmore where the major players networked with the attendees during a coffee/dessert break after a delicious lunch. The two day event brought out some major players from all over the world. Ibukun Awosika-Board Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Arnold Donald-CEO of Carnival Corporation, Alex Rossi-Managing Partner of Liv Capital, Enrico Letta-Prime Minister of Italy (2013-2014), Francis R Fannon - Asst. Sec., Bureau of Energy Resources for the U.S. Dept. of State, Becky Frankiewicz - President of North America Man Power Group, Ryan Kelly-Head of Marketing & Communications of Virgin Hyperloop One, Shawn Qu-CEO of Canadian Solar and my all time favorite (pictured with me) Retired NFL player Ray Lewis Co-Founder of Power 52 Energy Solutions, just to name a few. However, I noticed that Canada, Haiti and Latin America had a very strong presence. The IEFA will host 3 other forums this year in Montreal, Toronto, and Paris. For more information please go to https://forum-americas.org/miami/home/.

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Leger Douzable Foundation Weekend

Leger Douzable Foundation Weekend

On March 29th and 30th, NFL Player Leger Douzable and his foundation had a fundraiser kickoff event at the Florida Museum of Photography where friends, family and foundation funders gathered together for a silent auction. The auction raised money to fund more scholarships in addition to the two the foundation gave out. In words straight from his foundation website page, "The Leger Douzable Foundation empowers and inspires at promise youth with an opportunity for a better future through advocacy, education, sportsmanship and scholarships.  The Leger Douzable Foundation is committed to the academic and athletic development of youth from underprivileged and/or low-income communities. The foundation seeks to enrich the lives of these young people by providing informative workshop and camps that they may not otherwise have direct access to due to a lack of funding and opportunities.  These activities and tools are created to provide: instruction, knowledge, life skills and scholarships to help children achieve their goals one child at a time. Our mantra is  “Pressing Forward”, it is used to motivate the youth to have a mind-set, a  stick-to-itiveness that helps them to persevere through  the challenges that life brings with successful planning and goal setting. On the 30th the Leger and his NFL friends, Carlos Dunlap and Louis Murphy participated in a free football youth camp at Alonzo High School.

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Brad Holmes, LA Rams Director of College Scouting from Tampa Bay

Brad Holmes, LA Rams Director of College Scouting from Tampa Bay

He grew up watching football. His dad, Melvin Holmes played in college at North Carolina A&T and was the captain of the football team. Melvin went on to play in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1971-1973 as a Guard. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, like father like son, so Brad Holmes path was already blazed.

 From the sunny state of Florida, Brad Holmes attended Chamberlain High in Tampa, where he was named footballs 1997 first team All-County and All Conference at the defensive tackle position. Brad just wasn‚Äôt playing football either, it takes a lot of charisma to become the Homecoming King and the Captain of the Football Team.

  His great play rewarded him with a scholarship to North Carolina A&T where he graduated with a BS in Communications and Public Relations (that wasn‚Äôt easy either, did I say study, study, study). After winning his college championship he had a serious car accident where he suffered internal injuries and was in a coma for weeks (dreaming about the NFL). After recuperating, some ice packs and a EKG he was back in the saddle. 

Fresh out of college in 2002 with a degree (trying to be the good son) Brad accepted a job at Enterprise Rental, a job that his momma, educator Dr. Joan Holmes found for him, a managers program. However, Brad QUIT!!!  Yep you heard me, he quit a potential six figure job to become an intern with the NFL in 2003 in the public relations department paying a lousy $12,000 a year.

 Then in 2004, he became a scouting assistant and after holding several jobs throughout the club, was promoted as a National Scout with the RAMS during the 2012 season, covering the Northeast Region.  After a year, he migrated to the Southeast Region where he served until becoming the Director of College Scouting.

   As Director of College Scouting for the LA Rams in his 16th year, Brad is responsible for evaluating all NFL draft prospects nationwide. He manages the scheduling and operations for area scouts and works collaboratively with personnel directors in improving scouting procedures and technological tools. Some of Brad‚Äôs recruits are, Todd Gurley, Goff and Donald.   MVP Defense Player and Rookie of the Year, Goff was selected to the Pro Bowl. 

   Brad is 39 years old and has been with the RAMS for 16 years.  He‚Äôs married to Lisa Hudson from Atlanta.  Brad met Lisa at Tiffany‚Äôs Jewelry, asked her out, married her and now they are the proud parents of a 7 month old son.

   Hey Brad, while I know you don't need any help in doing your job, check out Aggie Julius Reynolds, son of retired NFL player Ricky Reynolds and Pam Reynolds Carr.  Julius was an intricate part of NC A&T championship team. Like you, he has it all too, brains & brawn.

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2018 SAO Annual Community Report - Hillsborough County FL

2018 SAO Annual Community Report - Hillsborough County FL

The Office of the State Attorney is excited to present the 2018 Annual Community Report. Last year, we created our office‚Äôs inaugural Annual Community Report to share our successes with those we serve‚Äîyou, the residents of Hillsborough County‚Äîand this year, we are just as excited to update you on our 2018 accomplishments.

Every day we are working to advance our core mission of public safety, fairness, and justice. Our accomplishments reflect the dedication of not only our amazing staff, but of our law enforcement agencies, non-profit partners, community leaders, and all those who share our vision for a safer, stronger Hillsborough. 

This report is available online  here.

 

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