Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.

Role of the Council

Special Initiatives

The Council handles additional coordinating functions to coordinate the Tampa Bay region internationally through trade and protocol.

Tampa Bay Consular Corps

The Council helps coordinate the Consular Corps that extends to any Consulate in the State of Florida that may not be in Tampa Bay working together to attract inbound delegations consisting of businesses and government and handling protocol issues as well as visas that enhance the Tampa Bay Region and the State of Florida.

World Bank Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO)

The Council works closely with the State Enterprise Florida trade manager in the Tampa Bay region and who is also the designated Liaison for World Bank in hosting North America PSLOs for the World Bank Group. The PSLO function connects local companies and institutions to procurement and export opportunities offered by the World Bank.

International Regions Benchmarking Consortium (IRBC)

The Council works closely with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers in the region to network and attend benchmarking trips around the United States to find solutions for common issues such as talent attraction, maintaining and growing research universities, and building globally competitive cities while conserving scarce resources.

International Business Group

The Council convenes representatives of the Greater Tampa Chamber’s international trade and non-profit community to coordinate programming and develop projects to improve Tampa Bay and Florida State’s international climate.