Tampa was transformed from a poor, isolated fishing village when Henry B. Plant’s railroad reached the city in 1883. The railroad enticed Vincente Martinez Ybor to move his cigar factor from Key West to Tampa. This tandem of Ybor’s proximity to Cuba for tobacco via sea and Plant’s railroad to take the product to the US made Tampa the “Cigar Capital of the World.”
PITCH COMPETITION 2020
Promotes personal freedom and responsibility by offering ownership of a means of transportation.
Helps men build develop skills for future employment.
Provides affordable financial services to low-income persons.
Inc. to Inc.
Helps equip currently and formerly individuals with the necessary skills to become productive in the workforce.
In August 2012, Tampa made national headlines for having the highest homelessness rate in the nation—57 homeless for every 10,000 residents (.57%). Since then, Tampa and Florida have made progress in reducing homelessness. Learn more.
Portico Workforce Housing Solutions
Transforms the lives of homeless, single men living in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay area alone contains over 242,000 veterans—or about 9.6% of the total population. This large subpopulation faces unique challenges to their flourishing in civilian life due to their military service. Learn more.
Employs people with disabilities to give back to veteran organizations.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 423,000 individuals (and 119,000 children) live in poverty in the greater Tampa metropolitan statistical area (13.9% of population). The consequences of poverty have wide-reaching implications for the people directly affected and the broader community. Learn more.
Provides jobs for at-risk people while funding local ministries.