Joe Meterchick

Florida PNC Bank

The Chamber…has been a huge part of PNC's formation in Tampa Bay. I would recommend membership to any business that wants to prosper and grow in the region.

Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Stetson University College of Law

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in helping our students become better prepared.

Robin DeLaVergne

Tampa General Hospital

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is the region's thought leader on issues that…improve our community's quality of life and benefit our businesses.

Jose E. Valiente

CPA

The Chamber is the most significant organization I've been involved in. I value their priceless networking and business resources.

Doug Pace

Bayshore Solutions

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has allowed me to build relationships with other business leaders in the community that help to shape my ideas for the future.

Tampa - The Historic U.S. Gateway to Cuba



 

Tampa’s relationship with Cuba dates back to 1539 when Hernando de Soto sailed from Cuba to Tampa Bay.  As early as the 17th century, Cuban fisherman would frequent the Tampa Bay area on a seasonal basis, and, over time, the maritime connection became well established. In the 1850s Captain James McKay established regular commercial shipping service from Florida to Cuba through Tampa. In the 1880s Cuban immigrants established Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood as the cigar capital of the United States. On November 26, 1891 Jose Marti delivered his famous “Con Todos y Para el Bien de Todos” speech in Tampa. 
 
 For continued updates about the Chamber and its position on Cuba, please visit www.tampachamber.com/cuba
 


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