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December 16, 2010

SQL Saturday #62 Tampa – progress report

Filed under: SQL Saturday — sqlpam @ 8:33 pm

Yesterday was a busy day for Jose Chinchilla and I.  We did a tour de force of Ybor City – all the points of interest for Day of Data and SQL Saturday #62

Jose has never been to our venue at KForce national headquarters – so we started there.  We toured the facilities, got room capacities and worked out some details with KForce partners.  We have 4 great rooms on site at KForce.  Knowing that is not enough, KForce secures 2 additional rooms from the Centro Asturiano next door. 

So our next stop was next door at the Centro Asturiano to tour these rooms.  Wendy showed us around.  One of our rooms is fantastic – the other meets our need – which is the point.  The building is GREAT!  Older architecture that is full of details from the tiles on the floor to the moldings at the ceiling.  They have a small cafe upstairs where club members come to play dominoes.  Our guys love the Cuban coffee they serve.  I saw for the first time that they have a theater that seats 1000 – phenomenal details – absolutely beautiful.  Downstairs, they have a cantina that got rave reviews last year – so of course – they will cater for us again this year.  There is nothing like local flavor to make for a great event.  So Jose got to meet Denise of Latam at the Centro Asturiano Cantina.  She is taking care of our catering.  She is a joy to work with.  Last year at the last moment she gave us a great deal and made the top of the list for favorite things about SQL Saturday. 

Our next visit was the Italian Club.  Another taste of Ybor City history.  The building was raised in 1819 and it is beautiful.  Catie showed us the Ball room and the theater which is where we will be hosting the Day of Data on 1/14/2011.  We have not yet determined who will be where.  Both rooms are great.  Downstairs is a cafeteria where we will have lunch and have a space to hang out for breaks to allow both groups of attendees to network.

Our next stop was the Rock N Sports where we will have our after event again.  We had lunch after discussing arrangements.  Like I said it was a busy day.  But it was not over yet.

We headed back to the KForce area and visited the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.  We were attempting to secure additional rooms – hoping to expand the number of slots we are able to offer.  We met with the Latino Coalition of Tampa Bay.  Alas, they were not able to assist immediately since the building is shut down during our event for Martin Luther King weekend – but they are still pushing to assist us with rooms.  We are hoping to hear soon.  We did have a wonderful meeting that brought a new addition to our SQL Saturday – we will be having a canned food drive for the needy in the area.  They assisted us in determining a partner in the food drive.  They are also interested in working with us on a program to get under privileged kids introduced to programming.  I am excited to see where that can lead to in the next year.  I will probably write up more on this group at a future date.  They were so eager to assist.  You could tell they are all about making life better for as many people as possible.  They are even going to promote Day of Data and SQL Saturday to their members.

All in all it was a productive day.  We got a lot of plans finalized for January and met new friends.  Now to get on with the rest of the planning.


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