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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 technology can change transportation. Many of the students were excited about the possibilities of Smart Public Safety…

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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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Vision Zero Corridor Studies analyze top High Injury Network corridors

November 2020 – The Hillsborough County Vision Zero Corridor Study surveys wrapped up at the end of September. The study focused on the top eight High Injury Network (HIN) corridors with the greatest number of fatalities and serious injuries per mile: Mango Road/CR579 (MLK Boulevard to US 92) 78th Street (Causeway Boulevard to Palm River…

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Take the Community Resiliency Information System survey

November 2020 – Plan Hillsborough continues to work on enhancing resiliency in Hillsborough County through planning and collaboration with its local partners. Tropical Storm Eta has passed, but the 2020 hurricane season does not end until November 30. It’s not too soon to consider a plan for the next hurricane season! You can share your…

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MPO staff presented at AMPO Virtual Conference

November 2020 – Allison Yeh and Gena Torres, Executive Planners for the Hillsborough MPO, participated in the 2020 Annual Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Conference that took place October 26-30. AMPO is a transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs’ abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems. Allison had the opportunity…

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Reporting on the One-Cent Surtax

The Hillsborough County Independent Oversight Committee (IOC) was created in 2019 to oversee spending of the penny tax for transportation projects. The main functions of the IOC are to provide a transparent process by reviewing an audit of the proceeds to ensure compliance with applicable laws and statutes; approve Agency Project Plans; prepare an annual…

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Stakeholders assess minimum flow of the Hillsborough River

November 2020 – Gone are the days when the lower river was a stagnant backwater without any water flowing down from the middle river. The Lower Hillsborough River running through Tampa is once again healthy for wildlife and recreation. This is in no small part due to the establishment of a regulatory minimum flow of…

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Emerging Transportation Choices

Today we have new types of transportation and technologies that didn’t exist a few years ago.  Who could have imagined that we can summon a ride and pay using a smart phone, or that we can order things online – even groceries – and have them delivered to our front door within hours? As new…

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One Water

Project Overview One Water serves to update, modernize and combine the previously separate Stormwater Management, Potable Water and Sanitary Sewerage Elements of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan to reflect the interrelated nature of water. The update will replace these Elements in the Comprehensive Plan, incorporate water resources-related language from other Elements, and provide a…

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