2020 POLICY & LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
PRIORITY | BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Our mission is to support policies at local and state levels that improve economic investment and growth. Our goal is to make Clearwater the premier location to own and operate a business. AMPLIFY Clearwater works with the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County to improve the experience of business owners and operators. We feel strongly that we should simplify the business startup process and encourage efficiencies between agencies. Our members believe that by advocating for investment in available workforce housing, improved public transportation, and having a strong economic growth plan that, collectively, we can build a more vibrant and attractive community to live, work, learn, invest and play.
- AMPLIFY Clearwater supports a good living wage. We do not believe the Florida Constitution is the place for a minimum wage initiative. This approach decreases our competitiveness to employers looking to start or relocate a business and does not allow our employers the flexibility needed to run their businesses.
- Tourism is our largest economic driver, we will continue to support and advocate there be strong funding for VISIT FLORIDA, Home Rule private property rights, Airbnb, private beach access tied into Home Rule basis with case by case conversations.
- Creating a competitive tax system that keeps investments in the pockets of small business, job creators and families and the elimination of uncompetitive tax policies.
- Florida is one of only two sales tax-imposing states that have not implemented the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal 2018 decision authorizing states to impose sales tax collection responsibilities on remote sellers lacking a physical presence in the state.
PRIORITY | ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
- Beaches are one of Florida’s most valuable resources, not only for habitat and protection of wildlife but also a line of defense against major storms, as well as the main attraction for millions of tourists each year. Federal and state authorities must partner with the business community and ordinary citizens to implement and preserve programs dedicated to shore preservation and the restoration and maintenance of the state’s critically eroded beaches. AMPLIFY Clearwater is acutely aware of the dependency on Tourism for our economic health and will continue to fight to ensure Florida’s environmental future is sustainable and provides the quality of life Floridians and visitors deserve
- Support investment in waterways and quality as it affects our everyday lives and is a vital part of a thriving tourism-based economy; specific to red tide mitigation technologies and blue-green algae testing.
- Support investing in sustainability programs.
- Support beach renourishment programs for our coastal areas.
- Support Investing both a Statewide and local Climate Resiliency Program supplementing the local funding component of prevention and cleanup efforts.
PRIORITY | EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
- The business community must partner with stakeholders and policymakers to advocate for adequate resources to help recruit, develop, and retain talent in Tampa Bay. Plans must be in place today to market and train the workforce of tomorrow. Every child deserves a world-class education and business need an available trained workforce. Ensuring Florida’s children have access to the best schools and that parents have a choice in their educational career is imperative to success.
- Prioritizing early learning opportunities and programs by increased investment and attention to has always become the way to prioritize early learning opportunities and programs with a focus in K2,K3, and VPK programs.
- Support quality school choice and education for parents and students with Magnet, Charter and Fundamental options.
- Support inclusion of innovative educational concepts, such as Arts, Technology, Engineering, throughout Florida’s education system.
- Advocate for increased attainment and quality training programs ensuring a talent pipeline for employers. Support state funding of programs administered by Pinellas County Schools (K-12) and local higher education institutions focused on skills training and trade development, specifically USF, St. Petersburg College and Pinellas Technical College.
- Continue to work closely with legislative, education, business, and workforce leaders to champion the best possible education and talent system for Pinellas County in order to close the skills gap and train for a globally competitive marketplace.
PRIORITY | HEALTHCARE
- With an increasing population and visitors from all over the World, it is important that we focus on creating a healthy and sustainable place for Florida’s residents and visitors to work, live, play and learn. Healthcare is a significant portion of our economy and attracts patients from all over the World. Providing a supportive environment for access to affordable care for all is a priority.
- Support competitive medical liability environment related to medical malpractice suits to help Florida become more attractive to top-ranked healthcare professionals.
PRIORITY | REGIONAL TRANSIT AND INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS
- Transportation is a core service of a government that is critical for economic development and facilitating the efficient delivery of goods and services. Sufficient transportation funding of all options is needed to implement a robust and connected transportation network in Tampa Bay. With the 15 million visitors (2018) that come to our region each year, it’s imperative that we make the necessary investment to keep our economy flowing and Floridians and visitors safe. The future health and prosperity of all Floridians is advanced with creating and maintaining sustainable and reliable infrastructure systems.
- Support development of multimodal transportations options, road infrastructure improvements and development of emerging technologies to build a regional system to solve present congestion and address future transit and transportation challenges.
- Support development of transit solutions for Clearwater’s critical thoroughfare- State Road 60 between Tampa International Airport and Clearwater Beach.
2. INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUTER SERVICES
- Support the Transportation Trust Fund preservation to provide adequate funding each year for the increasing requirements of infrastructure.
- Support Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in congested corridors in downtown areas and along beaches- St. Pete focus.
- Support regional transit funding for infrastructure and commuter service options, leveraging of funds potentially available through FTA for (BRT) (TBARTA).
- Plan development for dedicated funding for the sustainability of regional transit solutions in Tampa, Downtown Clearwater and Beaches Corridor.
- To get involved with affecting change in Public Policy, contact Kristina Alspaw, Executive Vice President, at email@example.com