Tier Two Initiatives

The Tampa Bay Defense Alliance has identified many longer term strategic initiatives that require sustained attention and effort in collaboration and cooperation with our community partners.

  1. Promote the Tampa Bay Region as a trusted, defense-friendly partner, advocating solutions of mutual benefit to the Department of Defense and our communities;
  2. Identify military resources and emerging missions better suited for location in the eight counties than in their current locations. Position our area as a receiver for new, relocating, consolidated or realigned compatible missions;
  3. Develop a communications plan to promote the military value of MacDill. Ensure this plan is linked to all local Florida defense support organizations to allow insight to and inclusion of regional and community partnerships; and
  4. TBDA will continue to strengthen mutually beneficial community relationships with installation leadership, the Florida Defense Alliance, community leaders along with city and county officials to capitalize on local resources; efforts are to be integrated at all levels.
  5.  Provide ongoing support for the Florida Defense Support Task Force as their goals frequently align with those of the TBDA.

“The Florida Defense Support Task Force is to be an aggressive and effective advocate to promote, preserve, protect and expand military missions and installations across the state of Florida,” as reported by FDSTF.

  • Promote Florida’s military friendly atmosphere and optimum training environment and locations as the best and most cost-effective alternative for the Department of Defense;
  • Coordinate a unified message of Task Force members, executive and legislative branches of Florida government, congressional members and defense communities;
  • Help Florida communities become better prepared to present the Department of Defense with viable options and opportunities where realignment or consolidation actions are being considered;
  • Foster mutually beneficial communication and strengthen relationships between the state of Florida, installation leadership and community leaders;
  • Enhance the Florida Congressional Delegation efforts in working defense and security issues at the federal level;
  • Identify the military value of Florida installations using core Department of Defense criteria and the results of previous data calls; and
  • Continue to develop the relationship with the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
  • Champion Florida as the “Most Military-Friendly State” in the nation;
  • Advocate for favorable resolution of military and defense issues from a statewide perspective and unify Florida’s defense communities with one voice. Provide a plan for active and effective advocacy for military and homeland defense missions and facilities located in Florida including the United States Coast Guard;
  • Maintain a proactive posture, assisting the Department of Defense in its effort to find efficiencies and develop synergies in the face of necessary military mission consolidations or realignment actions; and
  • Assist the Governor’s office in addressing and supporting the needs of Florida’s installations identified as the result of base commander’s meetings.

6) The TBDA should become a “go to” resource for all regional defense community members

a) Military Community Resource

  • Job Opportunities for retiring, or retired military personnel;
  • News that pertains specifically to the military, defense and government;
  • Military events or causes with which the TBDA should participate;
  • Resources – Research, trends and point of view papers leveraging  TBDA as the go to resource for all military; and
  • Government Affairs and Actions that may affect military personnel.

b) Defense Community Resource

  • Recruiting Opportunities – access to military personnel that will soon be retired;
  • News that pertains specifically to the military, defense and government;
  • Military/Defense events or causes with which the TBDA should participate;
  • Resources – Research, trends and point of view papers leveraging the TBDA as the go to resource for all defense industry news;
  • Government Affairs and Actions that may affect defense contractors and other related personnel; and
  • Lobbying opportunities that conform to the advocacy provisions in the TBDA charter.

c) Corporate Partners

  • Recruiting Opportunities – access to military personnel that will soon be retired;
  • Charity Events for the military for those who want to get involved;
  • Opportunities to provide support services to the military and defense industry; and
  • Government Affairs and Actions that may affect defense spending with direct and indirect impact on Corporate Partners.

d) Economic Development Centers

  • Economic Impact Data for use in marketing the region;
  • Insights into employee expertise and availability;
  • Opportunities to provide support services to the military and defense industry;
  • Government Affairs and Actions that may affect defense spending and personnel;
  • Resources – Research, trends and point of view papers leveraging the TBDA as the go to resource for all defense industry news; and
  • Joint promotions of the region to State and Federal defense contractors.

e) Government – Local, State, and Federal

  • Advocacy assistance for the region to State and Federal groups as appropriate under advocacy provisions of the TBDA charter;
  • Community involvement and assistance in promoting local initiatives to the military and defense community; and
  • Organizations & Charities
    • News that pertains specifically to the Tampa Bay community & defense contractors
    • Military/Defense Events or causes the TBDA could jointly promote or participate in
    • Resources – Insight into the economic trends in the community
    • Government Affairs and Actions that may affect defense spending and personnel