An update from Linda Cox regarding the Build Tampa Bay Foundation:
Hello friends of Build Tampa Bay! As many of you know, our Build Tampa Bay event in April was huge, and surpassed our wildest expectations. Our event at the Port of Tampa was attended by approximately 900 high school juniors and seniors, as well as a number of dignitaries and celebrities. Titus O’Neil delivered a straight-talk presentation to the kids, and Governor Rick Scott was in attendance and shared with the kids and their teachers his gratitude in seeing young people and educators interested in investing themselves in the development of the State of Florida’s future.
We’ve been thrilled with the level of support and encouragement we’ve received from Hillsborough County and surrounding county School Boards. Feedback to us is that Build Tampa Bay is bridging a huge gap that has been in existence in terms of guiding those kids who are not college bound – for whatever reason – into lucrative, productive, professional careers in the construction industry. We are continuing to look for ways we can reach their parents as well, and intend, through the course of this school year, to attend College and Career Days scheduled by Hillsborough County Schools. I will be back in touch as we have events scheduled, and if you’d like to participate in small scale events before our next big annual event – we’d love to have you.
Here’s the thrilling news – over the course of last year’s Build Tampa Bay activity, we interviewed at least 113 young people. 52 of those young people were offered jobs, and at this point, 22 have accepted employment! We are building our own workforce!
Thanks for your support!