Tampa, Fla. – May 4, 2018 – The Council of Governors of the Tampa Bay Partnership at its April meeting voted to support the efforts underway to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay. The 25-member governing body, comprised of many of the region’s top business leaders, was unanimous in its endorsement.
“Tampa Bay is the 18th largest metro area in the country, and our professional sports teams are significant assets that directly impact the competitiveness and prosperity of our region,” said Rhea Law, Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership and Chair, Florida Offices, for Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. “Our public and private sector leaders must make it a priority to ensure that the Rays continue to call Tampa Bay home. The Tampa Bay Partnership is proud to join the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 team, and we look forward to contributing our time and energy to this important effort in the critical months ahead.”
Chuck Sykes, president and CEO of Sykes Enterprises, Inc., is the co-founder of Tampa Bay Rays 2020 and a member of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s Council of Governors. “The support of the Partnership reflects the fact that the Rays impact the image and economy of our entire region, and not just one city or county,” Sykes said.
“The Partnership has been a steadfast supporter of the Rays throughout the years, and as the team explores the opportunity to build a new ballpark in Ybor City, we’ll continue to advocate for their efforts to remain in the region,” said Rick Homans, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
Brian Auld, President of the Tampa Bay Rays, is also a member of the Council of Governors of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
About the Tampa Bay Partnership
The Tampa Bay Partnership is a privately funded, CEO-driven regional advocacy organization committed to creating a unified, competitive and prosperous Tampa Bay. Formally incorporated in 1994, and reestablished in 2016 with a new mission and leadership structure, the Partnership offers a unique peer-to-peer environment where the region’s top business leaders champion regional solutions to the toughest economic challenges facing Tampa Bay today.