Mayor Bob Buckhorn has taken his vision for Tampa's economic future to a 21st century platform: social media.
Buckhorn jumped onto the website Quora.com after seeing a question posted for any state leader willing to reply: What are Florida politicians doing to create jobs in the state?
The mayor responded with details of his business plan for the city, some of which has been implemented since he took office in March. But it was the venue that may have broken new ground.
Buckhorn is considered the first Florida politician to get involved with the startup website and answer a question. The website allows its members to ask and answer questions on just about any topic.
"I think it's terrific that the mayor got involved," said Marc Bodnick, who runs the business side at Quora. "Politics is one of our most active sections.
"Politicians can write long, thoughtful answers to questions, and users love to hear from experts directly without the filter."
The jobs query came from Bryan Tupper, who describes himself as a 20-something Bradenton Republican. Buckhorn's response focused on his plan to "change Tampa's economic DNA" by quickening the permitting process, relocations and strengthening the urban core.
"In order to attract new businesses, cultivate entrepreneurship, and grow and retain existing businesses Tampa needs to demonstrate we are open and ready for business," the mayor wrote.
Buckhorn mentioned his formation of an Economic Competitiveness Committee to lure new businesses and recruiting trips to Panama and Israel. Buckhorn and a delegation are scheduled to leave Wednesday for Jerusalem to sell representatives on Tampa's strength in the biotech and medical manufacturing fields.
"By capitalizing on our assets, we can create more jobs in Tampa," Buckhorn wrote.
"We're a city with many strengths and it is my job to tell the world Tampa's story."
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