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Tampa area officials grapple with workforce quality issues

With the results of a comprehensive comparison study against nearly 20 peers, Tampa area officials and business leaders have a core challenge: to recruit and retain talent.    by: Mark Gordon   What will Tampa Bay be when it grows up? That metaphorical question is the crux of the 2019 Tampa Bay Regional Competitiveness Report. The…

Feeding Tampa Bay wants to do more than feed needy families

By Christopher O’Donnell TAMPA — A free meal from a food bank can serve as an instant boost for a family struggling to afford to be able to eat. But when that family still needs help the following day, and the following week, free meals alone are not the answer. That’s the theory behind a major…

A look at those left behind by the economy

By Barbara Peters Smith Staff Writer Posted Feb 6, 2019 at 4:57 AM Updated Feb 6, 2019 at 7:34 AM    United Way’s report on struggling households counts the cost of low wages While a humming investment environment and bubbling property values have helped restore financial stability to millions of Americans in the last decade, one sector — including many who don’t own stocks or homes…

In a good economy, report reveals grim news for Florida families

By Christopher O’Donnell Published February 6 Updated February 6 Spending is up and unemployment down, which means Florida’s economic indicators have been heading the right way for several years. But the untold story of the state’s economic rebound is that it bypassed almost half of Florida households, which are still struggling to pay for basic needs, according to…

43% on Central West Coast of Florida Struggle Financially

43% on Central West Coast of Florida Struggle Financially New United Way report reveals 43% of working households cannot cover basic needs CENTRAL WEST COAST, FLORIDA – The United Ways of Florida’s central west coast (Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties) today announced 43% of household in the…

Florida Airport Sets Up Food Bank For Unpaid TSA Agents

The federal government isn’t paying many of its workers, so others are stepping up, including an airport, nonprofit organizations and chef José Andrés. A Florida airport is helping make sure hundreds of federal employees who work there will be able to put food on the table while they work without pay during the ongoing partial government…

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