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Meet Plan Hillsborough’s newest team members!

May 2021 – Over the past year, Plan Hillsborough welcomed five talented new team members who work to support the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board.  Sofia Garantiva Sofia Garantiva, AICP, recently joined the Planning Commission as a Senior Planner. Her responsibilities include special area studies and project management. Sofia…

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Metropolitan Planning Organization now doing business as the Transportation Planning Organization

May 2021 – The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is now the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The name change comes as the organization seeks to better connect its brand to its mission. A policy-making board, the TPO oversees funding for Hillsborough County’s comprehensive transportation planning process. In April 2021, TPO Board members voted to…

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Diego Guerra and Michael Rempfer present at 2021 APA National Planning Conference

May 2021 – The Planning Commission’s own Diego Guerra and Michael Rempfer presented at the APA National Planning Conference on May 5, 2021. Their session on Innovative Approaches for Comprehensive Planning discussed how to leverage technology to analyze and display large volumes of data, integrate input from multiple stakeholders, and improve communication with the public….

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Hillsborough County’s economy sees 29% growth since 2010

May 2021 – “Living and working in Tampa-Hillsborough isn’t quite like being on vacation every day, but it comes pretty close. Yes, there are theme parks and beaches and warm breezes in January. But there is also a vibrant mix of Fortune 500 companies, sassy tech start-ups, world-class health care facilities and serious educational options….

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Garden Steps celebrates Earth Day in East Tampa

May 2021 – In celebration of Earth Day 2021, community members enjoyed a special gathering on April 23 at the Healthy 22nd Street Demonstration Garden in East Tampa. The Coalition of Community Gardens hosted the event which featured several local vendors and planning partners. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor also stopped by to welcome guests. During…

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Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority officially opens Selmon West Extension

May 2021 – A little bit of rain didn’t stop Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) from celebrating its opening of the Selmon West Extension. THEA officially opened the roadway on April 19, 2021. The $230 million project, a 1.9-mile, elevated toll lane, seamlessly connects drivers traveling from Brandon to Pinellas County. But the project also…

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Transportation planning agencies recognize Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May 2021 – On May 2, drivers crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge enjoyed a scenic crossing decked in green in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition teamed up with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to light up the bridge to promote motorcycle safety through its “Ride Smart Florida” program….

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Plan Hillsborough proves we “Love to Ride”

April 2021 – In March, Plan Hillsborough staff participated in Love to Ride’s Tampa Bay Bike Challenge along with 37 other workplaces. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay organized the event, and Plan Hillsborough placed first in its size category. With overwhelming participation, the agency also managed to outride many larger organizations. Overall, participants in the challenge rode 111,441…

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Garden Steps to host Earth Day celebration at Healthy 22nd Street

April 2021 – On Saturday, April 24, the Coalition of Community Gardens will host an Earth Day celebration from 11 am to 2 pm at the Healthy 22nd Street Demonstration Garden. The garden is located at 22nd Street between Chelsea St. and Osborne Ave in Tampa. This free, outdoor community event will feature representatives from…

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Local collaborations for intercounty transit

April 2021 – In March, elected leaders from three counties sat down to strategize on transportation priorities. This quarter, the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group focused on regional transit: opportunities to create better connections between Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties. There are a handful of express bus routes today, and Brian Pessaro…

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Florida’s economy sees expanding growth

March 2021 – “Be fast, have no regrets… If you need to be right before you move, you will never win”, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme. Undoubtedly, there have been a series of fortunate events. We now have various vaccines and mass vaccinations are underway in many countries. Mercifully, the flu…

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Get ready to ride for Bike Month 2021!

March 2021 – March is Bike Month and this year Plan Hillsborough is joining Love to Ride’s Tampa Bay Bike Challenge. The Challenge is a fun, free regional competition for individuals and organizations in the five-county area to get more people riding bikes. It’s not all about who can ride the most miles, but also…

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Dangerous by Design 2021 Report Released

March 2021 – On March 10, 2021, Smart Growth America released its Dangerous by Design 2021 report that examined motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian deaths across the United States. According to the report, the number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles increased 45% from 2010 – 2019. “We call on state DOTs and MPOs to put…

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