October 2020 – On behalf of the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee, the Sarasota/Manatee MPO is hosting the region’s 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit November 16 – 19, 2020. This educational event is being held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic. Participants in the summit will hear the latest insights on safety, mobility, and public involvement from the Federal Highway Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and many more. Registration is open now through November 9, and the cost is $15 for citizens and students, and $40 for professionals. Citizens wishing to attend at a discount, should contact Nanette Eubanks at 941.359.5772.
The summit is a collaboration of six MPOs — Hernando/Citrus, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee – and the Florida Department of Transportation. This year’s program includes remarks from Hillsborough MPO Vice Chair Pat Kemp, Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant, and a keynote by TEDx speaker and communications expert Jan Spence. Breakthrough projects from around the region and state include Hillsborough MPO’s Speed Management Action Plan, to be presented by Executive Planner Gena Torres. Six awards will be given for outstanding work. Who will receive the “Vision Zero Hero” or “Bob the Builder” award from Hillsborough? Stay tuned!