Connections to Tomorrow – March 2021

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two girls walking with backpacks Designing communities for health equity - March 2021 – Equity for all people and how to achieve progress in closing the gaps that fall along racial, socioeconomic, gender, and other major demographic groupings is at the heart of our Health in All Policies initiatives. Learn more about Plan Hillsborough’s efforts on Planning for Health. Watch the video Video created by B.Stellar...
value added mobility study cover Value Added Mobility Study shares strategies for funding public mobility improvements - March 2021 – Plan Hillsborough and the University of South Florida researched and compiled a review of case studies discussing value added or capture mechanisms deployed in the delivery of various transit systems. The basic premise held within value capture is the recovery of some or all of the public financing value that public infrastructure generates...
Former Commissioners Mitch Thrower and Theodore Trent Green Planning Commission welcomes new Commissioners and thanks outgoing Commissioners - March 2021 – At the March 8, 2021 meeting of the Planning Commission, we welcomed new Planning Commissioner Vivienne Handy as she took her oath of office. Commissioner Handy is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) possessing over 30 years of experience in natural resource management and environmental permitting. She is also a member of...
Chart representing annual number of units permitted from the year 2000 to the year 2020. Historical permit data reveals economic impacts on development - March 2021 – The Planning Commission maintains a database of historical permit activity from the year 2000 to the present day. Having completed our analysis of quarter four for 2020, staff has taken the opportunity to review and reflect on some historical trends over the twenty-year time frame.  Generally, permit activity is currently at the...
Chart shows percent change in Florida's real Gross Domestic Product. Chart shows that quarterly expansion (blue) is already happening. Annual growth (orange) is expected this summer. Florida’s economy sees expanding growth - March 2021 – “Be fast, have no regrets… If you need to be right before you move, you will never win”, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme. Undoubtedly, there have been a series of fortunate events. We now have various vaccines and mass vaccinations are underway in many countries. Mercifully, the flu...
bicycles lined up in a row Get ready to ride for Bike Month 2021! - March 2021 – March is Bike Month and this year Plan Hillsborough is joining Love to Ride’s Tampa Bay Bike Challenge. The Challenge is a fun, free regional competition for individuals and organizations in the five-county area to get more people riding bikes. It’s not all about who can ride the most miles, but also...
Dangerous by Design report cover Dangerous by Design 2021 Report Released - March 2021 – On March 10, 2021, Smart Growth America released its Dangerous by Design 2021 report that examined motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian deaths across the United States. According to the report, the number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles increased 45% from 2010 – 2019. “We call on state DOTs and MPOs to put...
hillsborough transportation safety tour Podcast highlights Hillsborough initiatives on safety, resilience, collaboration - March 2021 – Hillsborough County is growing and rapidly changing. Keeping up with those changes while planning to enhance our quality of life is a major focus at the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization.  MPO Executive Director Beth Alden, joined by Executive Planners Gena Torres and Allison Yeh, discuss current initiatives and look into the future with...
people using a crosswalk ICYMI: MPO staff leads Equity in Active Transportation webinar - March 2021 – On February 11, two MPO staff, Joshua Barber and Dayna Lazarus, joined a national panel to discuss equity in transportation for the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO). AMPO seeks to build capacity amongst MPOs and advance the state of planning and implementation for bicycle, pedestrian, and non-motorized transportation projects and programs....
school kids crossing the street in a crosswalk MPO encourages school transportation safety with new developments - March 2021 – This month, the Hillsborough MPO is highlighting two new developments in school transportation safety: the School Traffic Circulation Committee’s (STCC) new webpage and Hillsborough County’s Safe Routes to School grant application. The STCC focuses on creating solutions for student transportation safety issues within Hillsborough County. It evolved from the Hillsborough MPO School...
cut out of Riverwalk construction map Riverwalk improvements coming to West Side of the river - March 2021 – In January, Milton Martinez with the City of Tampa presented their project to add Riverwalk improvements to the West Side of the Hillsborough River to the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board’s Technical Advisory Council. Mr. Martinez explained that in early 2020, the City of Tampa submitted an application to the U.S. Department...
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