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Florida 2012 awarded Pan American Junior Judo Championships

TAMPA, July 1, 1999

TECO Energy Becomes Title Sponsor of Both Pan American Junior Championships

Florida 2012 and USA Judo announced today that Tampa, Florida, has been selected as the site for the 1999 Junior Pan American Judo Championships.

The event will be held at Tampa Convention Center from August 28 through August 29, 1999. The Junior Judo Championship will feature 150 elite junior athletes from approximately 20 Pan American nations.

This is the second Pan American event landed by Florida 2012 in the last two weeks. Florida 2012 is Tampa's bid committee representing the City of Tampa's effort to be designated the U.S. Candidate City for the 2012 Olympic Games.

USA Judo President Yoshihiro Uchida, who is also a former Olympic Judo Coach, stated: "We are extremely pleased for being chosen as the host country of this prestigious championship. We are particularly grateful to the Florida 2012 Bid committee and the City of Tampa for providing such a quality location to host our North, Central, and South American athletes and officials.

"Our gratitude and sincere thanks also goes to TECO Energy for their commitment to this event," said Uchida. "It is indeed an honor to be affiliated and sponsored by such a great corporate citizen. We look forward to an outstanding event in Tampa and our guests from throughout Pan America receiving the warm greetings for which Floridians are known."

Florida 2012 also announced that TECO Energy (NYSE: TE) has signed on as title sponsor for both 1999 Pan American Junior Track & Field Championship and the Pan American Junior Judo Championship. This announcement comes one week after the event moved from Miami to Tampa, Florida.

"We are extremely happy with TECO and their support of this event. They really stepped up to the plate and are providing the community support we need to make these first-class events," said Ed Turanchik, President and CEO of Florida 2012.

The 1999 TECO Energy Pan American Junior Championships will be held July 9-11, 1999, at the University of South Florida. These Championships are expected to be the largest ever with over 500 athletes, 100 coaches and 35 nations participating.

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE) is a diversified, energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa, Florida with activities in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. The company’s many major subsidiaries include Tampa Electric, which serves over 500,000 customers on Florida’s central Gulf Coast; and Peoples Gas, Florida’s largest natural and propane gas companies serving 300,000 customers statewide. TECO Power Services develops, builds, owns and operates electric generation facilities throughout the Americas, with particular emphasis upon the countries of Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. In addition, TECO Power Services is involved in the international electric distribution business through its ownership of a share of Empresa Electrica de Guatemala, S.A., the largest electric utility in Central America, and through a joint venture with Energia Global International, Ltd. Through TECO Transport and its subsidiary Gulfcoast Transit, TECO Energy provides shipping and water transportation services throughout the world including to Latin America and the Caribbean. Other major TECO Energy subsidiaries include TECO Coal; TECO Coalbed Methane; and Bosek Gibson and Associates.

TECO Energy is a strong sponsor of professional and amateur athletics and has a strategic marketing partnership with Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

• TECO Energy has designed a special logo and website for the 1999 Pan American Junior Championships.

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