Connections to Tomorrow – December 2017

As of August 2017, five agency newsletters from the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and River Board have been streamlined and consolidated, like the Plan Hillsborough agency itself. Connections to Tomorrow will tell our story as we work together in our community and region towards a thriving future…

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View health data for your community - Curious about health in and around your community? The new Hillsborough County Health Atlas has you covered simply by clicking on a map! This web-based tool provides planners and communities a baseline profile of chronic disease data, demographics, health care access, food environment, transportation, emergency preparedness, and environmental indicators. Add and compare more than 60...
Plan Hillsborough shares planning for the future with the public and students of all ages - In recent weeks, Plan Hillsborough staff has been busy sharing the importance of planning for the future. Enjoy some snapshots of the highlights: Visits to various Hillsborough County public elementary schools on November 16 for the Great American Teach-In On November 17, Michele Ogilvie and Brandon Berry joined Lena Young Green and the Department of...
New officers, a welcome, and a thank you at November Planning Commission meeting - New officers were elected at the November 2017 Planning Commission Meeting. Congratulations to Chair – Derek Doughty, Vice Chair – Jacqueline Wilds, and Member-at-Large – Matthew Buzza! Commissioner Green and Commissioner Michael Maurino (alternate) were elected to represent the Planning Commission on the MPO Board.   A warm welcome was given to our new Planning...
Mitch Thrower appointed to the Planning Accreditation Board - Mitch Thrower was recently appointed by the American Planning Association (APA) as the Public Member to the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) for a three-year term beginning December 1, 2017. The PAB’s mission is to promote excellence among planning programs and to ensure high quality education for future urban planners through an accreditation process for educational...
Making the plan amendment process more efficient - The Planning Commission recently conducted an outside evaluation of the efficiency of our plan amendment review process. As part of a class applying the lean Six Sigma techniques, this methodology is a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. This is the first time in many years that an...
MPO Board news - We’d like to give a warm welcome to the newest additions to the MPO Board! Representing the City of Temple Terrace is recently-elected Mayor Mel Jurado; and alternate, Temple Terrace’s new Vice-Mayor David Pogorilich.  We bid a fond farewell to longtime HART Board Member Wallace Bowers, and welcome HART Board Member David Mechanik to the...
BPAC volunteers participate in national forum, bring back ideas - In November, the MPO sponsored Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Chair Patrick Thorpe and Vice-Chair Tony Monk to participate in a national discussion about MPOs creating healthy and prosperous communities. Organized by Transportation for America and the American Public Health Association, the forum explored how planners prioritize transportation projects that promote choices , community health, and...
Getting kids to school safely - An early collaboration of the MPO and School District was a high school student video contest to inspire safe walking, biking and driving through peer-to-peer messaging. The resulting videos were amazing, and we’ve recently learned more good news! The impactful winning video, submitted by Blake High School’s Ethan Huggins and Zuriel Cousin on crosswalk/pedestrian safety,...
APA Florida Sun Coast Section takes Hillsborough River tour - On December 1st, Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board Executive Director Shawn College joined City of Tampa Planning Commissioner Karen Kress and City of Tampa staff as a speaker on the APA Florida Sun Coast Section’s Hillsborough River Tour. Mr. College presented information on the River Board and Hillsborough River to a diverse group of planners,...

 

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