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Hillsborough River offers plenty of socially distant activities

January 2021 – With social distancing, masks, and other precautions still needed due to the health pandemic, recreation on and around the Hillsborough River has never been better. There are opportunities to rent canoes on the Hillsborough River from private vendors and at some Hillsborough County Parks, like Lettuce Lake Park.  During the cooler months,…

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Bridge the learning gap

December 2020 – In the December 2020 issue of the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine, an article titled Bridge the Learner Gap featured two Plan Hillsborough planners. Melissa Dickens, AICP and Yeneka Mills were both quoted in the article sharing how a mentor can help build new skills, broaden your perspective, and take your career…

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Hillsborough is the first county in Florida to achieve LEED Platinum designation

December 2020 – Congratulations to Hillsborough County on becoming the first county government in Florida and only the third county in the U.S. to achieve LEED Platinum for Cities and Communities certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation recognizes years of hard work and initiatives to safeguard the environment and enhance the quality…

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It’s time for our Federal Certification Review

Previous Next December 2020 –  Held every four years, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) conduct reviews of designated Transportation Management Areas. The Tampa Bay TMA is made up of the Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas MPOs. The primary purpose of the review is to certify that the TMA is satisfactorily meeting the…

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UZURVs application for CTD service and innovation Grant approved

December 2020 – UZURV works with transit authorities and healthcare organizations across the country to provide the highest quality door-to-door adaptive transportation for community ADA mobility programs and efficient non-emergency medical transportation. In collaboration with TBARTA, UZURV received nearly $1 million from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) to provide cross-county and late-night trips…

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Tampa updates Hillsborough River speed zones

December 2020 – Speed restrictions for boaters are important to prevent erosion, to prevent damage to docks and moored boats, for the protection of wildlife, and public safety. Over the years, various areas of the lower Hillsborough River were speed restricted. Some areas are “slow speed,” while others are “idle speed.”  For those traveling this…

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Plan Hillsborough recommits to Equity with 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan

November 2020 – Throughout the course of history, racial discrimination has been evident in transportation and land use planning. In Hillsborough County, neighborhood clearing was manifested in the construction of I-275 and I-4 which were used to divide African American communities and eliminate the Central Avenue Business District. After a wave of protests for racial…

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Great American Teach-In 2020

November 2020 – On Thursday, November 19 several Plan Hillsborough staff participated in the Great American Teach-In, held virtually due to the pandemic. Our staff presented to 16 classes of high schoolers at Tampa Bay Tech on how Smart Cities technology can change transportation and encouraged them to share their feedback through the survey. Many…

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Staff Spotlight: Joshua Barber

Joshua Barber | Community Planner II | Tenure: 9 months Joshua Barber is a Community Planner II with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and has been with the agency for nine months. Prior to working at the MPO, he worked for a medium-sized consulting firm in Tampa doing multimodal and transit planning for two years…

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Staff Spotlight: Priya Nagaraj

Priya Nagaraj | Database Systems Technician | 3 Months Priya Nagaraj is the Database Systems Technician for our Planning Support Services Division. She will be involved in the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program database administration and support. She will also support the access database, web development and IT for the Plan Hillsborough staff. Priya…

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2020 population estimates reveal Tampa attracted more new residents in the last decade

November 2020 – The Bureau of Economics and Business Research (BEBR) recently released the highly anticipated 2020 population estimates by jurisdiction. BEBR was founded in 1930 and, amongst many other things, produces the state’s official population estimates and projections. This is essentially the “soft-opening” of the Census 2020 data release season. As we (can’t!) wait…

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South County studies present proposed policy recommendations to communities

November 2020 – November 4, 5, and 7 saw a series of virtual and in-person open houses with the public in Wimauma and Balm. Attended by approximately 150 people, the meetings consisted of presentations of the study recommendations, and provided a forum for residents, business owners and other interested parties to ask questions about the…

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Vision Zero honors victims of traffic fatalities

November 2020 – It was an emotional day for the attendees who came out to recognize the annual World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims. Vision Zero Hillsborough, partner agencies, and members of the community observed the 200+ families and victims that have been killed in traffic crashes this year. The event took place…

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