2 mayors to collaborate on bringing more tech jobs to Tampa Bay

St. Petersburg, Florida -- More tech jobs. That's what two mayors are saying they want to bring to Tampa Bay and they plan to work together to make it happen.

The non-profit Florida NEXT Foundation put together an open forum to talk about how the two largest Bay area cities are pledging to work together. Mayors Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman say they don't want to be competitors, but collaborators.

Both asked for people to vote for Greenlight Pinellas and see that as a way to help lure tech jobs to compete with cities like Austin, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh Durham.

Kriseman says it takes more than tax breaks. It's about the quality of life, and St. Pete is trying to spread the success from downtown to other sectors.

"The key to it in my mind, isn't just creating it, it's sustaining it, and growing it so that it spreads to other areas of your city. I think the danger is just having it all concentrated in one area," Kriseman said at the forum.


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