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I-4 corridor scheduled to go 'Green'

By YVETTE C. HAMMETT

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Published: July 18, 2009

SEFFNER - In an effort to make Hillsborough County stand out among Florida counties trying to lure high-tech businesses, the Interstate 4 Economic Corridor is going by a new name: the I-4 Green Tech Corridor.

"This will be part of the state's high-tech corridor," said Heather Lamboy, of the Hillsborough Planning Commission, speaking Tuesday to a small audience in Seffner.

Designating it a green technology corridor helps the county stand out in its quest to draw industry that will put local talent to work in high-paying jobs, she said.

The corridor stretches from Tampa to the Polk County line, along both sides of I-4.

"It's something unique," Lamboy said. "It can help us keep our talent here. We need to tie our assets with this economic niche." Already, she said, the county is experiencing economic growth in areas such as bioscience and pharmaceutical research because of the proximity to the University of South Florida and Hillsborough Community College, which is working in tandem with the University of Florida on agricultural research.

Parcels in Temple Terrace and Plant City are prime targets for green industry, she said. Those areas will be targeted first as places where developers could establish green technology businesses using building standards designed to lessen development's effects on the environment and lower the long-term costs of doing business.

Between the two targeted areas lies the Green Tech Corridor Extension Area, a rural swath along I-4 that runs through Seffner and Dover. That area will be the last area targeted for the high-tech corridor, executive planner Stephen Griffin said.

Seffner residents are working on a community plan to outline the future look of their area.

A set of proposed goals and objectives for the corridor will go before the Planning Commission on Sept. 1 and to the Hillsborough County Commission in December, Griffin said.

It will take at least a year before the state Department of Community Affairs will consider the plan, he said.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jul/18/bz-i-4-corridor-scheduled-to-go-green/news-money/
 

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I must be blind, but I don't see much tech jobs there at the moment. And I drove along the corrisor yesterday, so they must all had been built since 6 pm yesterday, fast development.

I wonder if this would push more for HSR to be developed to connect these jobs to the city.
 

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I guess a couple warehouses, car and tractor dealers, cookie cutter homes, and farms are high tech? I haven't driven past Ybor since March though so I guess those places did pop up overnight. :eek:hno:
 

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It's funny, Florida has so many hilarious ideologies in this state. We have this crazy one "rename it and they will come". And of course, the popular "we build it and they will come" approach. Common sense isn't really popular in this state, is it?

Haven't they notice all our jobs are going to China and India? haha
 

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^Well, we've got to start somewhere. It's a matter now of doing things that actually encourage development. Are they putting plans in place to bolster curriculum at local schools?

Isn't USF building a campus in Lakeland that will focus on majors in tech and engineering? That would certainly be a plus.

Someone should organize those online schools that seem to operate out of the Sabal Park area in plentitude, and use their resources to direct into certain kinds of educations that would benefit the agenda. Maybe work out some sort of tax break for a local education discount deal too. The general need by those companies for well qualified call center type workers fits the local market profile well too.

Whatever we do, I think that bolstering the local adult education options would really help the local economy over the long haul.
 

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Maybe we can become Research Triangle Park #2. Raleigh/Durham created this area many years ago and it worked. I'm sure it helped that Duke, UNC, and N.C. State were all a few miles from this though.
 

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At least they want it to be environmentally friendly which will pay off when it is developed. We could see the entrance into Tampa from the east change drastically. (if done right)
 

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Tampa just needs to realize that we are a secondary city in the state. We have way too many overly ambitious plans to make the city the ..... of the south. Tampa needs to focus on small scale projects that will make the city nicer for the people who already live here, instead of failing to attract transplants who will move to Westchase or New Tampa, and then leave in a few years.

Green tech corridor, Tampa needs to plant a tree first and then we can have the Silicon Valley of the south! next to the Hard Rock casino and Ford Ampitheatre.
 

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I prefer Silicon Swamp to any silly marketing garbage.
 

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The area has to provide a reason for these companies to move here. Right now I don't think a poor economy, an uneducated populace, and a large Confederate flag aren't helping.
 
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