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Our meetings will continue to be accessible online

October 2020 – The Governor has not extended his executive order for virtual meetings past October. Plan Hillsborough is working out the details to allow for a quorum of our boards and committees to meet in person, socially distanced with masks. We will continue to televise and live-stream meetings online as we have since March….

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USF studies plastic pollution in the Hillsborough River

October 2020 – Plastics are everywhere in the environment and pose a serious threat to natural systems and wildlife. In rivers, plastic breaks down into smaller parts but doesn’t decompose, making it a conduit, collector and source of pollution. To help solve this problem, PhD candidate Charlotte Haberstroh with the USF Department of Civil &…

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Urban Rivers proposes ecological enhancements

September 2020 – Urban Rivers, a 501(3)c non-profit organization, is proposing living shoreline enhancements along the Hillsborough River. In recent years several areas of the lower Hillsborough River were enhanced with living shorelines or other restored habitats which not only beautified the river but provided wildlife habitat and water cleansing benefits. These include USF Park,…

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Staff Spotlight: Felicia Pulliam

Felicia Pulliam | Financial Manager | Tenure: 23 years Felicia started working at the Planning Commission in April 1997 as an Accountant I and is now the Financial Manager for the Hillsborough County Planning Commission and MPO. She creates and maintains both agency’s budgets and submits them to the county annually. She is also responsible for…

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Tampa appoints new River Board member

August 2020 – Tampa City Council Chair Guido Maniscalco represented the City of Tampa on the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board for four years. Councilmember Maniscalco diligently served the residents of Tampa on the River Board, always noting the importance of the river to the City and its residents. While the River Board is sad…

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Temple Terrace changes River Board member

July 2020 – For four years Councilmember Andy Ross has been the face of Temple Terrace for the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. Councilmember Ross diligently served the residents of Temple Terrace on the River Board and always sought out the best outcomes for the health of the River and its recreational use by residents….

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Call for entries for our 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards

June 2020 – The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 38th annual celebration of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County. If you have been a part of a project contributing to a better quality of life in our community, we encourage you to apply. Early bird entries are open! Visit the web page to…

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Sewage spills an ongoing problem for river water quality

June 2020 – We have made great strides over the years in improving the health and water quality of the Hillsborough River. There is more consistent flow of water down the lower river and water overall is cleaner and healthier for wildlife and recreational users. However, sewage spills continue to pose a threat to the…

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Focusing on agency internal collaboration

May 2020 – As one of Plan Hillsborough’s Strategic Plan Strategic Priorities, Internal Agency Enhancements are primarily focused on improving internal communication across teams and between staff with different roles and responsibilities. The need for maintaining strong internal connections became even more important once the agency transitioned to a virtual work environment in March where…

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Studying post COVID-19 economic impacts

Economic Outlook May 2020 So, we are moving towards reopening the country and the state. What has happened to our economy and how do we know when it’s back on track? We are glad you asked! Here, we hope to provide some guideposts to help you navigate the ocean of economic data. There are three…

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Staff Spotlight: Cheryl Wilkening

Cheryl Wilkening | Administrative Assistant II | Tenure: 1 Year Cheryl Wilkening was hired as the Administrative Assistant II for the MPO on June 10, 2019. In the short time she has worked for the MPO she has helped organize two public hearings, and many workshops and committee meetings. She assisted with the GPC selection process, Long…

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Staff Spotlight: Yeneka Mills

Yeneka Mills | Principal Planner | Tenure: 14 years Yeneka started at the Planning Commission as an intern in 2005 and was hired soon after as a Community Planner. In January 2016 she was promoted to Senior Planner and earlier this year she was promoted to her current position, Principal Planner. One of the highlights…

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Educational webinar opportunities May/June 2020

May 2020 – If you are looking for educational opportunities during these unprecedented times, you may be interested in some of these transportation-oriented webinars! Topics range from partnering to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, safety analytics, increased demand for safe public space, and many others. These engaging sessions are valuable ways to provide participants with…

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