Connections to Tomorrow – February 2020

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2020 Commuter Challenge, love your commute! 2020 Commuter Challenge Week February 10-14 - February 2020 – Our Fourth Annual Commuter Challenge Week will take place February 10-14. We had so much fun last year, we thought you would love another opportunity to fall in love with your commute in preparation for Valentine’s Day! Select a new mode of transportation, other than driving alone, and invite a co-worker to...
Vision Zero MLK parade 2020 Sharing the dream of safe streets - February 2020 – On January 20, the Vision Zero Coalition marched for a better future in Tampa’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. The MPO staff was joined by the African Students Association of USF and the Tampa Bay Lions in carrying safe streets messages and signs commemorating those lost to traffic violence during the...
Melissa Zornitta appointed MURP chair Melissa Zornitta appointed chair of USF MURP Advisory Board - February 2020 – The University of South Florida’s (USF) Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program approached Melissa Zornitta, Planning Commission Executive Director, to be the chair of their newly convened Advisory Board. Melissa Zornitta is a big proponent of the MURP program, as Plan Hillsborough has several graduates that went on to become...
Staff Spotlight: Sarah McKinley - Sarah McKinley | Principal Planner | 7.5 years Sarah McKinley has worked at the Hillsborough MPO for seven and a half years and currently works as the technical team lead. She also manages the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and serves as the transit liaison to HART and TBARTA.  Additionally, she also manages all the travel...
Terry Eagan Staff Spotlight: Terry Eagan - Terry Eagan | Project Manager/Librarian | 16 years Terry Eagan manages approximately 4,500 volumes of planning related materials. This includes government documents, Presidential papers and transportation plans. Terry also performs research for the Strategic Planning, Environmental & Research (SPEAR) team where he tracks new construction patterns throughout the county and jurisdictions. Additionally, he assists in...
This is a photo of cows Community Studies begin in Wimauma, Gibsonton, and the RP-2 Land Use Category - February 2020 – One of the Planning Commission’s focus areas is studying planning issues at the community or neighborhood level. Three new studies are now underway in Unincorporated Hillsborough County that takes a closer look at the land use, infrastructure, and other trends happening in these areas. A community profile is being created for the...
Community Vulnerability Study meeting Community Vulnerability Study begins Phase 2: Mitigation Measures - February 2020 – The Community Vulnerability Study aids Hillsborough County with meeting local, state and federal planning requirements for the continuous threat of flooding and longitudinal sea level rise. The Planning Commission is assisting the County with managing this study and working with the University of South Florida’s (USF) Florida Center for Community Design and...
Garden Steps meetings Garden Steps project: making stone soup - February 2020 – On January 28, County Commission Chair Lesley J. “Les” Miller Jr. was joined by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa Councilman Orlando Gudes in celebrating the kick-off of the Garden Steps project, funded by a grant from the Aetna Foundation and American Public Health Association. Led by the MPO and Coalition of...
Plant City mural Plant City initiates new Transit Master Plan study - February 2020 – The MPO is collaborating with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and the City of Plant City to create a Transit Master Plan for the City of Plant City. This is a short term study that will be completed by mid-summer of 2020 and will explore the feasibility of re-initiating a transit service...
school children talking the LRC crosswalk LRC takes a crosswalk to school - February 2020 – During the next Livable Roadways Committee (LRC) meeting on Wednesday, February 26, members will get “schooled” about the City of Tampa’s Painted Intersections and Crosswalks program. After, they will walk the two blocks from County Center to Rampello’s K-8 Downtown Partnership Magnet School to experience Mayor Castor’s first painted Crosswalk to Classroom...
Planners and consultants discussing research Transportation Research Board Annual Conference - February 2020 – Kittelson and Associates worked with the Hillsborough MPO to create an award-winning poster that was displayed at the 99th Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting January 12-16 in Washington, D.C. Lisa Silva, Principal Planner for the MPO, had the honor of presenting the poster which focused on transportation equity techniques in the...
Beth Alden Vision Zero interview Vision Zero network talks to MPO Executive Director - February 2020 – Beth Alden, MPO Executive Director, was interviewed by the Vision Zero Network on the topic of how MPO’s can support making Vision Zero a reality. Read the interview.
Plan Hillsborough staff volunteering for the Tampa BayWatch Mackay Bay oyster bar rehab The Hillsborough River is vital to the Tampa Bay estuary - February 2020 – Estuaries are where freshwater rivers and streams mix with saltwater. They are important and productive habitats where many commercially and recreationally important species spend part of their lives. One of many efforts to maintain the health and vitality of the Tampa Bay Estuary is the Tampa Bay Estuary Programs’ (TBEP’s) Habitat Master...
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