Connections to Tomorrow – July 2020

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Art on the Block Art on the Block public mural project inspires unity - July 2020 – On June 27, MPO and Planning Commission staff had the honor of participating in Mayor Jane Castor’s Art on the Block Mural Day. The City of Tampa commissioned local artists to paint five murals in neighborhoods located in West Tampa, East Tampa, Tampa Heights, Westshore, and Downtown in one day. Each of...
IOC Logo First Transportation Sales Surtax public hearing postponed to October 26 2020 - July 2020 – The Independent Oversight Committee (IOC) for the Transportation Sales Surtax first annual public hearing that was scheduled for August 11, 2020 has been postponed to Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The calendar will be posted with the agenda and details on ways citizens can participate in the public hearing at...
Caroline Charles Staff Spotlight: Caroline Charles - Caroline Charles | Community Relations Coordinator | Tenure: 11 months Caroline began her government career working in the Marketing & Publicity Office for the 35th Force Support Squadron in Misawa Air Force Base, Japan. After moving to Tampa in 2019, she started working for the Planning Commission on the Public Engagement team. One of her...
Yassert Gonzalez Staff Spotlight: Yassert Gonzalez - Yassert Gonzalez | Economics, Demographics, and Research Manager | Tenure: 7 months Yassert Gonzalez liked Tampa Bay so much he had to come back! Yassert started last December as the Economics, Demographics, and Research Manager. He oversees the Reference and Analytics Team. His team routinely assists the public with research questions. Yassert provides the agency...
Gibsonton Draft of the Gibsonton Community Profile now available for community input - July 2020 – Gibsonton residents and business owners now have access to data that may be used in supporting and justifying desired changes to their community. In late 2019, the Board of County Commissioners requested Planning Commission staff to retain a consultant for completion of the Gibsonton Community Profile (the Profile). The Profile effectively updates...
Planning Design Awards trophies Only two weeks left to submit Early Bird entries! - July 2020 – If you have been a part of a project contributing to a better quality of life in our community, we encourage you to submit your project for the 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards. Save $70 when you submit your complete Early Bird entry packet by July 31! Learn more
In case you missed it: June 2020 Info BBQ - July 2020 – USF’s Urban & Regional Planning faculty members Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Strom and Assistant Professor Dr. Peng Chen discussed the important topic of Cities & Mobility in a post COVID-19 world for our June Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly).
MPO board virtual meeting 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) passes - July 2020 – At its June 30 virtual meeting, the MPO Board approved the TIP. The TIP prioritizes and documents funding for transportation improvement projects for the next five years. Some of the improvements include roadway resurfacing, bridge maintenance, walk/bike improvements, safety improvements, and bus replacement. Details are provided in the media release.
2020 excellence in regional transportation logo Resilient Tampa Bay pilot project wins regional award - July 2020 – The Resilient Tampa Bay pilot project assessed the resilience and reliability of Tampa Bay’s transportation system. The Hillsborough MPO, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the FDOT West Central – Tampa Area, Forward Pinellas, and Pasco County MPO, were honored with a 2020 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from...
FDOT Source Book cover FDOT taps Dr. Johnny Wong to join Source Book Technical Team - July 2020 – Dr. Johnny Wong, MPO Principal Planner, was invited to participate in the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Source Book Technical Team to discuss methodology changes. The team is coordinated by the FDOT’s Forecasting and Trends Office, located in Tallahassee. The Forecasting and Trends Office coordinates with its customers to update the Source...
ADA 30th anniversary logo MPO remains committed to nondiscrimination - July 2020 – On July 26, 2020, we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). President George H. W. Bush signed the law in 1990 with hopes of eliminating discrimination towards individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including transportation. Regulations require reasonable accommodations be made...
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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