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Dr. Steve Klasko earns Tampa Bay Partnership award for driving local economic development

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, was recently awarded the 2012 Chair’s Cup for Excellence in Regionalism from the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Dr. Klakso was among three regional leaders earning the award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions, exhibited leadership, and advocated for resources to enhance the economic development in the Tampa Bay region. The other two are Al Austin, chair of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, and Will Weatherford, speaker designate of the Florida House of Representatives.

Dr. Klasko, who is being honored for his work with CAMLS, USF Health and other activities that have moved the region forward in health, will be recognized at the Tampa Bay Partnership Annual Community Update Nov. 9, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in downtown Tampa.

The Chair’s Cup award celebrates an individual or groups who have made significant contributions, exhibited leadership, and advocated for resources to enhance the marketability of the Tampa Bay region.  The award winners’ efforts have significantly improved the quality of life throughout the region, and made a difference in building community.

Founded in 1994, the Tampa Bay Partnership is a CEO-led regional economic development organization that works to market the region nationally and internationally, conduct regional research, and coordinate efforts to influence business and government issues that impact economic growth and development. The group covers the eight-county, 6,515-square-mile area of west central Florida that includes Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota Counties, as well as the metro areas of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota-Venice, and Lakeland-Winter Haven.