Apple announced plans to build a second corporate campus somewhere in the U.S. and hire 20,000 workers over the next five years. Does this mean that Tampa should chase Apple? No!
Hillsborough County must focus on building great neighborhoods. For too long, development has been unconstrained. Great neighborhoods don't happen without planning. Great neighborhoods produce a quality of life that attract new and growing businesses, innovative businesses that create new jobs, jobs of the future. Focus on great neighborhoods, and then Apple will be welcome to join us.
Public policy should be directed toward creating great neighborhoods that are prosperous, safe, connected and great places to live.
Public policy should not transfer wealth from the taxpayers to big donors! That's the Problem!
Bad economic development schemes pushed by career county commissioners benefit big donors, but they make Hillsborough County poorer, increase taxes on our families, seniors and small businesses, and put our family businesses out of business!
My opponent in the August Republican primary gave Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Bass Pro Shops, which benefited his big developer "friends" that donate to his campaigns.
The taxpayers of Hillsborough County have paid my opponent more than $1.3 million in salary and benefits for his 16 year career as a county commissioner. Shouldn't he be working for us! (We'll be paying his retirement benefits too.) Instead, he works hard for his big donors and wastes taxpayer dollars in the process.
So, we lose twice! Unnecessary and wasteful corporate welfare to out-of-state corporations, and a 16-year career county commissioner that has lost touch with ordinary people.
With the talent and money that we have in our region, right now, we could be doing a lot better!
We need servant leaders that understand the unbelievable opportunity that has been presented to our region to become the break-out region in the Southeast for small business creation and growth.
Our county needs to embrace innovation and invite innovative businesses to help the county provide better services at a lower cost to taxpayers.
Innovative businesses create high wage jobs of the future and help reduce the tax burden on our families, seniors and small businesses.
Stand Up! Now is the time to stand up. I’m standing with you! I’m fighting for taxpayers against the corrosive influence of big donors and special interests. Join up and stand with me. It’s easy to sign up to help. Just click the join up! button below.
Paid By Chris Paradies, Republican, for Hillsborough County Commission District 2