Connections to Tomorrow – March 2020

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staff selfies from Commuter Challenge 2020 2020 Commuter Challenge Week recap - March 2020 – Approximately half of Plan Hillsborough staff participated in our 4th Annual Commuter Challenge week using a variety of transportation modes. For those with longer commutes, transit and carpooling were the most common options. For those living a bit closer to work, walking, biking, and the new scooter-share program were used and gave...
Mid Town Tampa info BBQ tour Midtown Tampa is moving on up - March 2020 – Our February Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) participants donned hard hats for a tour of the Midtown Tampa construction site. Robert Curren, the onsite Senior Superintendent and Christina Harden, Operations Manager for the master developer for Midtown Tampa, led the tour and spoke about the history of the project, current progress, and...
Plan Hillsborough Staff participating in strategic planning retreat Plan Hillsborough reports on Strategic Plan implementation - March 2020 – In August 2018, Plan Hillsborough adopted the 2018-2023 Plan Hillsborough Strategic Plan developed in collaboration with the agency’s three boards and staff. The five-year plan outlines near-term objectives across the agency, prioritization of resources, and strategies to enhance the multidisciplinary work of the agency. At the February Planning Commission meeting, staff shared...
Staff Spotlight: Wanda West - Wanda West | Community Relations Coordinator | 4 years Wanda began her county government career at the West Tampa Neighborhood Service Center. During her 18-year journey with Hillsborough County, she has worked with Directors and Division Directors of the health and social services departments including Social Services, Child Care Licensing, Health Care Services, the Ryan...
Staff Spotlight: Diego Guerra - Diego Guerra | Community Planner II | 1.5 years Diego works on the Strategic Planning, Environmental & Research Team (SPEAR) as a Community Planner II. He is responsible for infrastructure, utilities, and capital improvements planning, environmental planning, and assisting with the Hillsborough River Board. Currently he is helping with the update to the Comprehensive Plan,...
kids in class raising their hands Shape your community: the 2020 Census - March 2020 – As 2020 Census activities ramp up across the country, the Census Bureau, its partners, and Complete Count Committee’s (CCC) across the nation have been educating the public on the importance of civic participation in the census and how it will help shape their communities. The once-a-decade population count is required by the...
Wimauma Village Residential Open House Community engagement grows for WVR-2 and RP-2 - March 2020 – The project teams for the Wimauma Village Residential & Community Character Profile (WVR-2) and Residential Planned-2 (RP-2) Land Use Study continue to engage the community in key discussions. To ensure an open and collaborative process, both have held stakeholder meetings, feedback sessions, open houses, presentations to community groups, and conducted online surveys....
people walking and biking on a trail Hillsborough County needs your input on their trail system - March 2020 – Do you walk, run, or bike on Hillsborough County trails? Do you use them to commute or for recreation? Which are your favorites? If you are a frequent trail user, the Hillsborough County Community & Infrastructure Planning Department is asking for your input on their survey! Our trails are a unique way...
rail transit station Transit projects in the pipeline - March 2020 – At the January meeting of the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization Board, members discussed the status and future of three projects that could transform transit for Hillsborough County. The first presentation was an update of the extension and modernization of the TECO Historic Streetcar from it’s current stopping point in Downtown north to...
flood resilient road Grant-funded study flags storm-vulnerable essential roads - March 2020 – Two years ago, the Hillsborough MPO, in collaboration with the Pinellas MPO, Pasco MPO, Tampa Bay Regional Council, and the Florida Department of Transportation District 7, were selected for The Resilient Tampa Bay: Transportation (RTBT) Pilot Project as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Resilience and Durability to Extreme Weather Pilot...
Hillsborough River in Temple terrace Assessing the recovery of the Lower Hillsborough River - March 2020 – Over the last 20 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and the City of Tampa have been working closely on recovery of the Lower Hillsborough River. The recovery strategy, adopted in 2000 and revised in 2007, increased the minimum flow level (MFL) and required that for each five-year period through...
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