Connections to Tomorrow – May 2021

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welcome to the team banner Meet Plan Hillsborough’s newest team members! - May 2021 – Over the past year, Plan Hillsborough welcomed five talented new team members who work to support the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board.  Sofia Garantiva Sofia Garantiva, AICP, recently joined the Planning Commission as a Senior Planner. Her responsibilities include special area studies and project management. Sofia...
Metropolitan Planning Organization now doing business as the Transportation Planning Organization - May 2021 – The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is now the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The name change comes as the organization seeks to better connect its brand to its mission. A policy-making board, the TPO oversees funding for Hillsborough County’s comprehensive transportation planning process. In April 2021, TPO Board members voted to...
Kayakers at sunset An update on the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update – Coastal Management - May 2021 – Planning Commission staff is working with Hillsborough County subject matter experts to prepare updates to three sections of the plan – Coastal Management, Solid Waste, and Recreation and Open Space – as part of the April 2021 cycle of plan amendments. Learn about each section update and how to register for the...
Family posing with waste bins An update on the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update – Solid Waste - May 2021 – Planning Commission staff is working with Hillsborough County subject matter experts to prepare updates to three sections of the plan – Coastal Management, Solid Waste, and Recreation and Open Space – as part of the April 2021 cycle of plan amendments. Learn about each section update and how to register for the...
Kids on Playground in Carrollwood Village Park An update on the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update – Recreation and Open Space - May 2021 – Planning Commission staff is working with Hillsborough County subject matter experts to prepare updates to three sections of the plan – Coastal Management, Solid Waste, and Recreation and Open Space – as part of the April 2021 cycle of plan amendments. Learn about each section update and how to register for the...
APA-National-Planning-Conference-NPC-21-log Diego Guerra and Michael Rempfer present at 2021 APA National Planning Conference - May 2021 – The Planning Commission’s own Diego Guerra and Michael Rempfer presented at the APA National Planning Conference on May 5, 2021. Their session on Innovative Approaches for Comprehensive Planning discussed how to leverage technology to analyze and display large volumes of data, integrate input from multiple stakeholders, and improve communication with the public....
This line chart shows real GDP for the 5 largest county economies in Florida: Broward, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Palm Beach Counties. The largest county economy in Florida is Miami-Dade. Hillsborough is in 4th place behind Orange County and ahead of Palm Beach County. For comparison purposes, all GDP figures are being expressed in constant or chained 2012 dollars. Hillsborough County’s economy sees 29% growth since 2010 - May 2021 – “Living and working in Tampa-Hillsborough isn’t quite like being on vacation every day, but it comes pretty close. Yes, there are theme parks and beaches and warm breezes in January. But there is also a vibrant mix of Fortune 500 companies, sassy tech start-ups, world-class health care facilities and serious educational options....
beth alden Beth Alden appointed to Project H-60 Panel of the Transit Cooperative Research Program - May 2021 – The TPO congratulates Executive Director Beth Alden on her appointment to the Project H-60 Panel of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP). The purpose of the Project H-60 Panel is to oversee a national research study to address the disproportionate share of health, economic, and transportation impacts for lower-income households and communities...
Garden-Steps-celebrates-Earth-Day-in-East-Tampa Garden Steps celebrates Earth Day in East Tampa - May 2021 – In celebration of Earth Day 2021, community members enjoyed a special gathering on April 23 at the Healthy 22nd Street Demonstration Garden in East Tampa. The Coalition of Community Gardens hosted the event which featured several local vendors and planning partners. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor also stopped by to welcome guests. During...
Tampa-Hillsborough-Expressway-Authority-officially-opens-Selmon-West-Extension Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority officially opens Selmon West Extension - May 2021 – A little bit of rain didn’t stop Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) from celebrating its opening of the Selmon West Extension. THEA officially opened the roadway on April 19, 2021. The $230 million project, a 1.9-mile, elevated toll lane, seamlessly connects drivers traveling from Brandon to Pinellas County. But the project also...
may is motorcycle safety awareness month graphic from FDOT Transportation planning agencies recognize Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month - May 2021 – On May 2, drivers crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge enjoyed a scenic crossing decked in green in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition teamed up with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to light up the bridge to promote motorcycle safety through its “Ride Smart Florida” program....
people in canoe River Board hears Tampa’s proposal to re-use wastewater in the river - May 2021 – As reported in last month’s article, PURE, which stands for Purify Usable Resources for the Environment, is a proposed water infrastructure project which Tampa hopes will result in environmental and water resource benefits. If approved, the city will redirect up to 50 million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water that...
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