The St. Petersburg Chamber’s first Coffee Chat of 2017 presented by Tucker/Hall kicked off with Senator Jack Latvala, who drew the largest attendance at a Coffee Chat.
The USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business hosted the January coffee chat in the Lynn Pippenger Hall, where the Dean of the USFSP College of Business, Sridhar Sundaram spoke about the recent grand opening of the USFSP College of Business and about the active learning spaces that allow students to interface with state-of-the-art technology and promote collaborative learning. The USFSP College of Business offers signature learning spaces that include the Wealth Management Center (Finance), Consumer Insight Lab (Marketing) and Active Learning Lab (Entrepreneurship).
Keith Rupp spoke on behalf of the 2017 Coffee Chat sponsor, Tucker/Hall. For more than 25 years, businesses, individuals and organizations of all kinds have turned to Tucker/Hall to help them grow their business, manage a crisis situation, or advance a particular agenda. Over the years, the firm has grown to become one of the leading public relations and public affairs firms in Florida and the Southeast.
Sen. Jack Latvala was the perfect speaker for the perfect location. The USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business just had the grand opening of Lynn Peppinger Hall, which Sen. Latvala was instrumental in securing $25M from the State of Florida for the construction of the USFSP College of Business. The Florida State Senate’s Appropriations Chair, Sen. Latvala spoke about being seen as “Santa Claus” for groups seeking state money, since he will control the purse strings in the Florida Senate’s budget.
The Senator remarked that last year, the House of Representatives diminished Enterprise Florida funding, causing the film industry to be destroyed, losing jobs and revenue; Visit Florida is being threatened with cutting back significantly on funding for advertising which could dramatically affect tourism; keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg; supporting conservation and finding leadership that is committed to the environment and wilderness.
As Chair of Appropriations, Senator Latvala listed some priorities for funding which include Educational (St. Petersburg College); Transportation (supports consolidation of bus system and supports mass transportation); Social Services needs; and working on solutions to the storm water issue.
Concluding the Coffee Chat, Senator Latvala stated that Pinellas County has not had leadership in Tallahassee that fought for the County, adding he wants to do what he can to make it better for his community.
Please join us at our next Coffee Chat with County Commissioner Janet Long on Thursday, February 23, 2017.