2021 Metro Leadership Visit Schedule

Metro Leadership Visit is happening this year – and we’re heading to Tampa, Florida!  During this year’s trip, October 13-15, we will explore key topics and issues that the Tampa area shares with our region and learn ways we can apply their experiences to advance the Charleston region.

Trip schedule

Wednesday, October 13

  • Arrival and check-in by 2:30
  • Water Street Tampa: Re-Imagining Downtown
  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner and discussion on Tampa’s tourism and business climate aboard Yacht StarShip

Thursday, October 14

  • Transit and the importance of regional collaboration
  • MacDill Airforce Base briefing and tour
  • Transforming Tampa Tomorrow with Mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor
  • Overview of Tampa’s Minority Business Ecosystem with Tampa Bay Chamber President & CEO, Bob Rohrlack
  • Building a Minority Business Accelerator
  • Understanding the Tampa Minority Business Ecosystem 
  • Connecting Workforce Opportunities to Military Spouses and Fellowship for Departing Service Members 
  • Aleksandra Johnston, Regional Manager, Hiring Our Heros 
  • The Impact of the Convention Center in the Downtown Core 
  • Rooftop reception and Armature Works Redevelopment and Riverwalk briefing
  • Dinner at Armature Works

Friday, October 15

  • Tampa Bay’s workforce and apprenticeship program
  • Transforming Tampa’s housing attainability challenge
  • Debrief session
  • Trip concludes at 11 a.m.
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