Connections to Tomorrow – May 2020

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Plan Hillsborough staff video chatting while working remotely Focusing on agency internal collaboration - May 2020 – As one of Plan Hillsborough’s Strategic Plan Strategic Priorities, Internal Agency Enhancements are primarily focused on improving internal communication across teams and between staff with different roles and responsibilities. The need for maintaining strong internal connections became even more important once the agency transitioned to a virtual work environment in March where...
virtual reality typing Studying post COVID-19 economic impacts - Economic Outlook May 2020 So, we are moving towards reopening the country and the state. What has happened to our economy and how do we know when it’s back on track? We are glad you asked! Here, we hope to provide some guideposts to help you navigate the ocean of economic data. There are three...
Melissa Zornitta story time ‘Story Time Online’ features Melissa Zornitta - May 2020 – Recently, Planning Commission Executive Director Melissa Zornitta read “Please, Mr. Panda” in a segment of Storytime Online. Watch the video. *Props* to our fearless leader for this very fine reading! Late last year, Hillsborough County Public School Board Member Stacy Hahn spearheaded Storytime Online featuring local dignitaries reading books to kids. Readers...
Staff Spotlight: Cheryl Wilkening - May 2020 – Cheryl Wilkening | Administrative Assistant II | Tenure: 1 Year Cheryl Wilkening was hired as the Administrative Assistant II for the MPO on June 10, 2019. In the short time she has worked for the MPO she has helped organize two public hearings, and many workshops and committee meetings. She assisted with the GPC...
Yeneka Mills Staff Spotlight: Yeneka Mills - May 2020 – Yeneka Mills | Principal Planner | Tenure: 14 years Yeneka started at the Planning Commission as an intern in 2005 and was hired soon after as a Community Planner. In January 2016 she was promoted to Senior Planner and earlier this year she was promoted to her current position, Principal Planner. One...
38th Planning and Design Awards Header Call for Entries for our 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards now open! - May 2020 – The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 38th annual celebration of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County. If you have been a part of a project contributing to a better quality of life in our community, we encourage you to apply. Early bird entries are now open! Learn more
people enjoying a body of water One Water Comprehensive Plan updates continue to move forward - May 2020 – Updates to the One Water Chapter, a component of the overall Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update, are moving forward as part of the April cycle of plan amendments. The One Water Chapter synthesizes and modernizes the water resources language that previously lived in siloed Elements. The Chapter combines the Potable Water,...
measuring with a ruler Measuring our effectiveness at public engagement - May 2020 – Updated at least once every two years, our Measures of Effectiveness report summarizes the agency’s four main goals: outreach and education, customer service, proactive planning, and agency performance measures. During the report’s cycle from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019, over 4,000 people attended board and committee meetings. Also during this...
Vision Zero Walk of Silence, November 2019 Vision Zero and its road to zero - May 2020 – Find out the latest on the Vision Zero initiative in the Spring 2020 Quarterly Report and see what projects are underway on the path to zero fatalities. The MPO and its partners at the Florida Department of Transportation, Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, and Temple Terrace continue to take steps toward safer...
May is bike month promotional graphic May 2020 is National Bike Month! - May 2020 – Established in 1956, National Bike Month is an opportunity to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage others to give it a try. While we are all functioning differently during COVID-19, this is a great time to hop on a bike and enjoy your neighborhood, a park, or trail and get...
man viewing webinar on his desktop computer Educational webinar opportunities May/June 2020 - May 2020 – If you are looking for educational opportunities during these unprecedented times, you may be interested in some of these transportation-oriented webinars! Topics range from partnering to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, safety analytics, increased demand for safe public space, and many others. These engaging sessions are valuable ways to provide participants with...
hillsborough river Hillsborough River conditions change with the seasons - River Conditions Change with the Seasons May 2020 – While the winter saw a relatively high amount of rainfall, spring brought the Tampa Bay Area’s typical dry season. March was one of just three months ever in the Tampa Bay Area to have less than .01 inches of rain. Typically, we have an average of...
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