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Head of Development and Economic Opportunity Announces Departure Later this Year


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Mayor Jane Castor today announced the coming departure of our Administrator of Development and Economic Opportunity, Nicole Travis. Travis, who has been in the leadership role since January 2022, will transition to start her own consulting firm based in Tampa. 

During her tenure at the City of Tampa, Travis contributed to Mayor Castor’s Transforming Tampa Tomorrow “T3” Initiative, including housing affordability and development. Under her leadership, Travis’ contributions included adding over $4 billion in development value to the City of Tampa, advocating and securing $100M for affordable housing, the creation of Tampa’s Economic Dashboard, and the completion of the $38 million renovation of the Tampa Convention Center.  She was also fundamental to the acquisition of Memorial Park Cemetery, one of the oldest African-American cemeteries in Tampa.

“I am immensely grateful for the trust and support I have received from the City of Tampa team during my time as Administrator,” Travis said. “As much as I love this role, I am excited about this transition and the flexibility it would afford me with my young family. I remain committed to the success of the Mayor, her team, and the lasting impact I know this Administration’s projects will carry into future generations. I have every confidence in the DEO team to sustain the momentum of our projects and initiatives that will catalyze transformation in Tampa.”

Her last day as a city employee is July 1.

"I am so sorry to see a tremendous public servant like Nicole leave our City government but wholeheartedly support her decision to shift into consulting after nearly two decades of dedicated public service, allowing her more time with her family. Nicole is a star, and she has a great team in place to ensure we don’t miss a beat moving Tampa forward as we find her replacement," said Mayor Jane Castor. “We wish her the best as she showcases her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to continued service to the community in a new capacity.”