By Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist
Tampa Bay and Charlotte often become archrivals when businesses are
looking to relocate, expand and — today's Economic Holy Grail — bring
new jobs to employment-hungry cities.
The two southeastern metro areas are also the 2012 host cities for
national political conventions. After a blustery start, Tampa just
rolled out the red carpet for this week's Republican National
Convention. Charlotte's home to the Democratic National Convention,
which begins next week.
Business and economic development leaders in both cities are pursuing
aggressive plans to capture the attention of some of the tens of
thousands of attendees, many of them influential business executives.
The common goal: to present host cities in a favorable and dynamic light
in hopes of recruiting (or at least acquainting) new business
Tampa Bay versus Charlotte: Who has the smarter economic development strategy? What can each learn from the other? More here.