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									                                  A Monthly Report for the
       Committee of One Hundred Investors, Board of Directors and Elected Officials
                                  October/ November 2003
        Year          #Closed Projects       #Announced Jobs    Capital Investment*
        2003          6                      1,101              $11,650,000
        1991-2002     252                    54,543             $2.6 billion
        *Total for companies that reported capital investment

NOTE: Please Check the Chamber Website/Economic Development C-100 for demographic
statistics archives and Public Affairs Press Room for press release publications.

“Tampa is Wired!” Tampa is the second most broadband-wired city in AOL’s first poll on
broadband use. Tampa placed behind San Francisco but ahead of Boston, Houston, Charlotte,
and Los Angeles. The ranking calculates the number of people using the connections, how long
they have had them, and how many people expect to get broadband in the next 12 months.
Tampa Tribune, May, 2003

   TSI TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES INC., headquartered in Tampa, Florida is
    expanding its services operations for the wireless industry. TSI added 200 new
    employees and 17,000 square feet at its Tampa City Center offices, located at 201 North
    Franklin Street. Raymond L. Lawless, Chief Financial Officer for TSI said, “ We
    sincerely appreciate the assistance provided to us by the Chamber’s Committee of 100,
    Enterprise Florida, the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.”

      ASSET ACCEPTANCE, a major financial services firm specializing in debt acquisition and
       management, is expanding its local office, by doubling its workspace to nearly 53,000
       square feet and adding 311 new employees. Plans are occupy their new space in
       Firstpark @Brandon by February 2004, investing over $3.75 million in construction,
       renovation and other equipment. According to R. H. “Bud” Reitzel, company CEO “We
       appreciate the assistance provided to us by Enterprise Florida, Workforce Florida,
       Hillsborough County, Cheri O’Neil at Carter & Associates, Bob Krueger and the team at
       First Industrial and the Chamber’s Committee of One Hundred.”

      SORENSEN MOVING & STORAGE C O. INC., headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, is
       bringing a moving and storage facility to Plant City/Hillsborough County. Sorensen
       Moving and Storage also has facilities in Orlando and is an agent for Allied Van Lines,
       the world’s largest moving company. Scott Sorensen, company president and CEO
       commented, “We have been highly successful in the Florida market and this new
       business expansion will help us to better serve our clients on the west central coast of
       Florida. Secondly, we plan to establish our international business in Tampa and have
       already met with the Tampa Port Authority to discuss the Port’s new agreements with
       Zim Container. We appreciate the assistance we received from the Chamber’s
       Committee of One Hundred in setting up such important meetings.” With a capital
       investment of $500,000, the company has executed a lease for 32,953 square feet in
       Walden Distribution Center in Plant City in a transaction managed by Hal Piper,
       Advantis Real Estate Services. Plans are to hire 25-30 employees and occupy their new
       space by February 2004. Committee of One Hundred Chairman Randy Simmons said,
       “Sorensen’s interest in our community was brought to our attention by the Tampa Bay
       Partnership. We are pleased to welcome Sorensen to Hillsborough County and are
       impressed with how their business will compliment our international efforts.”

The Governor’s 2003 Business Diversification Awards Reception, was held Tuesday November
RECEIVED THE GOVERNOR’ S AWARD in Hillsborough County for their contributions to Florida’s
economic growth. In addition, 26 nominees representing the diversity and strength of our
county’s economic base were recognized. A special thanks to our sponsors NEWLAND
COMMUNITIES AND WRIGHTS GOURMET for their ample generosity.

Sponsorship is an opportunity to utilize your marketing dollars to reach a captive audience of the
top corporate companies in the Tampa market. Your pledge to sponsor the 2004 Committee of
100 events, publicly demonstrates your company’s commitment to support quality economic
development programs and the creation of jobs that diversify and strengthen the area’s economy.
2004 Sponsorship Opportunities
     Golden 50th Anniversary and Celebration Dinner
     Existing Industry Appreciation Reception
     Quarterly Updates
     Spring Fling Bar-B-Q
     Consular Corps Appreciation Reception
     International Committee Luncheon Series
     Mexico Trade and Investment Mission

The Committee of 100’s Investor Relations Committee will be calling on our investors for
2004 Sponsorship commitments. You may contact Theresa Kresge directly for an application.
e-mail Tkresge@tampachamber.com

    Global Communication Technology Company
    Raymond L. Lawless, CFO www.tsiconnections.com

RELATIONSHIPS: The Key to Long- Term Success in Economic Development
See article by Robin Ronne, Sr. V.P. of Economic Development
“Relationships-building processes are based on securing knowledge and developing trust that
produces long-term, tangible results for the benefit of the clients, and in many ways enhance the
ongoing viability of the service provider. Relationships foster effective and productive
communication, and develop a much higher level of responsiveness to the needs of the client.”
Building a Financial Cluster Chronology http://www.tampachamber.com/pa-pr_articles.htm

   B ANK OF AMERICA “Best Domestic Cash Management Bank” By CFO’s and Corporate

      MARITRANS one of the Florida based companies listed in Forbes top 200 “best small
       companies,” had a ranking of 180 of 200, their five year average ROE is 135, sales rank
       is 153, profit180, and market value rank is 198.

   AMSOUTH BANK BANCORP will open 11 new branches throughout the Tampa Bay area
    by the end of the year.
   BANK OF AMERICA announces major expansion in Tampa Bank to celebrate 18 new
    banking centers in Tampa in 2003-2005.

“The International Relations Task Force of the International Committee for the Greater Tampa
Chamber of Commerce Committee of One Hundred will host a reception on January 22, 2004 to
honor consular corps trade development representatives and trade development agencies of
foreign governments with offices located in Florida. Visiting guests will be representing
countries including Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles,
Nicaragua, Quebec, St. Lucia, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom. The
diplomatic corps located in Tampa will receive special recognition at this event.
There are sponsorships available for this event. For information regarding these opportunities,
please contact: cstarfire@tampachamber.com
Charlotte Starfire
Director of International Trade and Investment
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Committee of One Hundred

WELCOME     Randy Phillips Enterprise Florida’s new Tampa Regional International Trade
representative. Randy’s Tampa location is in the Tampa Chamber of Commerce he can be
reached at 813-276-9430.

The Committee of One Hundred is Tampa/Hillsborough County’s official economic
development partnership, and is funded in partnership with Hillsborough County, the cities of
Tampa and Temple Terrace and private sector investors. Committee of One Hundred investors
help to strengthen Tampa/Hillsborough County’s economy which has enjoyed 11 consecutive
years of positive job growth.

Thank you for helping to make a difference.
Do you have a news worthy item to share with fellow Investors? Please contact Theresa Kresge,
Director of Corporate & Investor Relations (813) 276-9447 or by e-mail at

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