Ingram: Tampa’s top 20

The following is my list of 20 of the biggest assets the Tampa Bay area has to offer its residents, visitors and future generations. They are listed in no particular order.

By Chris Ingram

Anyone who has ever ventured onto roads in the Tampa Bay area knows traffic congestion is one of our major problems.

According to the 2012 American Community Survey among metropolitan areas, Tampa Bay-area commuters have the fourth-highest commuting time, at 52 minutes per day (26 minutes each way). That works out to 4.3 hours per week, 17.3 hours a month, or 208 hours a year — stuck in traffic.

Recently, I was invited to attend some meetings among business, industry and other community stakeholders to help develop a “Vision 2020” for the Tampa Bay area.

Unscientifically, the group has concluded its primary focus should be on addressing the area’s transportation needs. It seems like a no-brainer, but this conclusion was achieved only after assessing the landscape and considering a variety of other issues, such as: a new home for the Rays, education, the future of MacDill AFB, attracting new jobs, protecting our environmental assets, and tourism and marketing to attract new visitors.

At our last meeting, it occurred to me that while, yes, we need to address transportation and other problem areas, the Tampa Bay area also needs to collectively embrace all that makes the area so great, and stop viewing Tampa Bay the body of water as a divider.

The following is my list of 20 of the biggest assets the Tampa Bay area has to offer its residents, visitors and future generations. They are listed in no particular order. (Click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune).

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

Click here for more content on Irreverent View.

Please feel free to submit a comment on our blogs. By posting a comment you acknowledge reading and following the terms and conditions of posting found here. You may also submit a comment by e-mail. If you e-mail a comment you consent to your comment and name being posted on the Irreverent View website. If you wish to remain completely anonymous, please state so in your e-mail.

RNC: Back scratching, weather-watching and fond thoughts

So who chooses the delegates? Every state party has different rules about how its delegates are selected, and there are multiple ways to get one of the coveted slots. In many states, delegates are elected at a congressional district convention by rank-and-file Republicans. While Florida delegates are picked at the congressional district level, most are selected by a few local party leaders, rather than grassroots’ activists. The process is mostly a back-scratching affair.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, August 25, 2012

The hype and hoopla surrounding the arrival of the 40th Republican National Convention is coming to a head.

Convention planners have spent two years planning the event, scheduled to start Monday. So far, things appear to be going well for RNC planners, the City of Tampa and other convention organizers.

I have attended three previous conventions — including as a delegate in San Diego for Bob Dole at the 1996 convention — but I never realized how much effort goes into putting on what amounts to one giant four-day made-for-TV infomercial.

Some 50,000 delegates, journalists and VIPs from across the country are descending upon Tampa. Of those visitors, just 4,411 are delegates and alternates to the convention. The chosen few will nominate Mitt Romney next week.

So who chooses the delegates? Every state party has different rules about how its delegates are selected, and there are multiple ways to get one of the coveted slots. In many states, delegates are elected at a congressional district convention by rank-and-file Republicans. While Florida delegates are picked at the congressional district level, most are selected by a few local party leaders, rather than grassroots’ activists. The process is mostly a back-scratching affair.

For example, Continue reading “RNC: Back scratching, weather-watching and fond thoughts”