Highlights of Economic and Business Growth in the Tampa Bay Region (News Briefs)

Jun 06, 2006, 01:00 ET from Tampa Bay Partnership

    TAMPA BAY, Fla., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- News briefs concerning the
 economic and business growth in the Tampa Bay Region from the Tampa Bay
     OneSimpleLoan(R) Finds One Simple Solution in Tampa Bay
     OneSimpleLoan(R) (OSL), a nationwide student loan solutions company,
 announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Oldsmar, Florida,
 adding 52 new jobs paying above the average wage and retaining more than 30
 existing positions. Key to OSL's decision to remain and expand in Pinellas
 County was Florida's Qualified Target Industry (QTI) incentive, a tax
 refund program through the State of Florida, Pinellas County, and its local
 municipalities. "Pinellas County Economic Development's (PCED) staff worked
 closely with us to ensure we understood all of the business incentives
 available to eligible companies creating new jobs. The assistance we
 received from PCED was a motivator for OSL to grow and expand in Florida,"
 explains Paul Simino, founder and president of OneSimpleLoan. (Contact:
 Paul Simino, OneSimpleLoan, 877-663-7467, http://www.onesimpleloan.com )
     French Manufacturer Locates U.S. Operations in Tampa Bay
     Jean Niel, the oldest French manufacturer of perfumes and flavors with
 a rich 200-year history, will soon open its first manufacturing facility in
 North America in the Tampa Bay region. The 6,000-square-foot facility,
 which will open in June 2006, is located in the West Pasco Industrial Park
 in Odessa. Drawn to the Tampa Bay region to supply their long-time
 customer, Monin (also a French company) located in Clearwater, Jean Niel is
 following Monin's lead into the U.S. market. Monin first entered the U.S.
 market in the early 1990s, also with a start-up facility, and now occupies
 60,000 square feet. Jean Niel hopes to experience similar growth in Pasco
 as it broadens its market in the U.S. (Contact: Michael Uzan, Jean Niel
 USA, muzan@nielaromes.com )
     Communities of Tampa Bay Make Top 10 in Inc. Boom Town Ranking
     According to Inc. magazine's annual list of the "hottest cities" to do
 business, the communities of Tampa Bay ranked among the top. The Tampa-St.
 Petersburg-Clearwater metro area ranked 9th among "hottest large cities."
 Among the "hottest midsize cities" category, Sarasota-Bradenton ranked 4th
 and Lakeland ranked 8th. The magazine cited "Affordable business and living
 costs, terrific weather, and plentiful jobs keep attracting people to Tampa
 Bay." To learn more about living and working in the Tampa Bay region, visit
 http://www.TampaBay.org . (Contact: Jennifer Taylor, Tampa Bay Partnership,
 813-872-2809, jtaylor@tampabay.org.)
     Tampa Bay to Host Big International Conference on Tiny Matters
     The 11th Annual International Commercialization of Micro and Nano
 Systems Conference (COMS 2006) will be held August 27-31, 2006 in St.
 Petersburg, Fla. COMS is the leading annual conference on
 micro-nanotechnology commercialization education. It brings together
 leaders in the field from across the world, representing organizations and
 companies from almost every sector of the community. These include leading
 industrialists, researchers, equipment vendors, customers, VC and angel
 investors, educators, media, professional organizations, and government.
 Tampa Bay has unique centers of excellence supporting the growth of MEMS
 and NANO technologies including the largest MEMS facility in the Southeast;
 a major research university -- University of South Florida; one of the
 country's top cancer center research facilities -- Moffitt Cancer Center
 and Research Institute; and a cluster of technology manufacturing companies
 with applications in medical device manufacturing, electronic components
 and national defense. (Contact: Dr. Carol Steele, USF Collect of Marine
 Science / Center for Ocean Technology, 727-553-3975,
 csteele@seas.marine.usf.edu .)
     City Unveils Plans for New Dali Museum and Waterfront Park Plaza
     Now that the Salvador Dali Museum has secured $8 million in state money
 to relocate in downtown St. Petersburg, museum officials announced on May
 31 they have commissioned an architect to complete plans for the $28
 million hurricane-resistant waterfront building and intend to begin
 construction by January 2007. During the same meeting, City Council members
 also passed a resolution to create a waterfront park plaza next to the new
 Dali Museum and the recently renovated Mahaffey Theater. The
 500,000-square-foot museum next to the Mahaffey Theater is considered a key
 to the city's cultural renaissance. When combined with the planned 5-acre
 park on the bay front, it will be the largest waterfront park expansion in
 more than 100 years. (Contact: David Metz, City of St. Petersburg,
     $10 Million Gift to Benefit USF Health and Athletics
     Community philanthropists Carol and Frank Morsani have given the
 University of South Florida a gift of $10 million, eligible for a $7
 million state match. In acknowledgement, the USF Board of Trustees on June
 1 named two university projects after the Morsanis. The gift creates the
 Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care, a model for
 teaching health care students in an advanced patient care center. The $64
 million facility is already under construction. The couple's gift also
 provides $3 million toward a new football practice complex, named the Frank
 Morsani Football Practice Complex, and a new stadium for the women's
 softball team. The Morsanis total giving to USF has reached $23 million.
 (Contact: Lara Wade, USF, 813-974-9060, news@admin.usf.edu .)
     Tampa Bay High Schools Rank Among "America's Best"
     Tampa Bay high schools again ranked in the top 100 of "America's Best
 High Schools" in a survey published in Newsweek magazine recently. Among
 the top schools, Hillsborough High School in Tampa ranked at #11
 nationwide; St. Petersburg High School at #63; Plant High School at #71;
 King High School at #73; and Palm Harbor University High School at #89.
 Learn more about the educational and other community assets of the Tampa
 Bay region at http://www.TampaBay.org .
     USF's Patel Center Dedicates Site of New Iconic Building
     The University of South Florida's Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global
 Solutions dedicated the site of its new building May 25 on the university's
 Tampa campus. The building's innovative and environmentally friendly
 design, created by a USF architecture student, was unveiled at the
 dedication ceremony. Groundbreaking for the 140,000-square-foot, concrete
 and glass structure is planned for Fall 2006 with occupancy in 2008. The
 University of South Florida launched the Patel Center last May,
 incorporating the USF Globalization Research Center as its research and
 education arm. The Center is part of a congressionally-funded consortium of
 globalization research centers across the U.S. (Contact: Dr. Kiran C. Patel
 Center for Global Solutions, 813-974-2954, GlobalResearch@cas.usf.edu )
     Become a Doctor in 3 Years
     The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has a branch
 campus in Bradenton, Florida, will start a Primary Care Scholars Pathway
 (PCSP) to reduce the time it takes to become a family physician. LECOM
 received approval from the American Osteopathic Association Committee on
 Osteopathic College Accreditation to condense four years of medical study
 into three. The program is designed to increase the number of family
 doctors sooner and to save students a year of medical expenses. The first
 PCSP class will begin their studies in October of 2006 and graduate with a
 Doctor of Osteopathic Degree in 2010. Graduates will still continue their
 education through three-year residency programs at selected hospitals.
 (Contact: Lisa Cambridge, LECOM, 941-782-9527, lcambridge@lecom.edu )

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