Connections to Tomorrow – September 2017

As of August 2017, five agency newsletters from the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and River Board have been streamlined and consolidated, like the Plan Hillsborough agency itself. Connections to Tomorrow will tell our story as we work together in our community and region towards a thriving future…

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Vision Zero Action Plan premieres at Tampa Theatre - The fourth and final Vision Zero Hillsborough development workshop was a resounding success. On the morning of August 22, the Vision Zero Coalition and other community stakeholders joined the Hillsborough MPO Policy Committee at the historic Tampa Theatre for the reveal of the plan a year in the making. Let Their Voices Be Heard, a...
Join us September 20 for presentations on green infrastructure - Plan to join Plan Hillsborough on Wednesday, September 20 for a presentation on Green Infrastructure at 9 a.m. or noon. Learn how the integration of green utilities – like soil, trees, and water – into our urban areas substantially improves their design sustainability and helps alleviate some of our most pressing ecological challenges – including...
Plan Hillsborough presentations at APA Florida Annual Conference - Four Plan Hillsborough staff members will be on the dais presenting for the Planning Commission at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual Planning Conference, September 5-8 in Daytona Beach, Florida. APA will be showcasing some of the Comprehensive Plans recognized by the American Planning Association’s Sustaining Places pilot program. Group Leader...
Innovative art and light makeover for I-275 underpasses - Along the western edge of the greater USF area, there are two I-275 underpasses that could make a stronger statement about entering Innovation Place (!p), a growing and creative district with tremendous potential. In 2016, Hillsborough MPO began a collaboration with !p (formerly known as the Tampa Innovation District) and the City of Tampa to...
7th Tampa City Council Redistricting Open House scheduled - There is still an opportunity to weigh in on Alternatives for Redistricting for Tampa City Council. To ensure the residents of Tampa’s four single-member districts have equal representation, Florida law requires the voting districts to be as equal as possible in population size. In conjunction with Hillsborough County’s Supervisor of Elections, the Planning Commission has...
Plan to join us for our 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards - You are warmly invited to join us for our 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas on Thursday, October 19 at T Pepin’s Hospitality Center. The Tampa Bay Times Reception begins at 6:15 p.m. Dinner and Awards presentations by host Brendan McLaughlin begin at 7:15 p.m. Registration, ticket, and...
Jennifer Malone earns AICP - We are so proud to see our own Jennifer Malone on APA Florida’s list of the newest members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The AICP exam is required for certification and places greater emphasis on emerging trends and current practices in planning. A recent addition to the Planning Commission, Ms. Malone currently...
On the future of transportation… - On October 12 at 1:30 pm, the floor of the Hillsborough MPO’s Intelligent Transportation Systems committee will belong to Tampa’s lead traffic engineer, Vik Bhide, who will discuss upcoming projects of the Smart Cities initiative. Smart Cities is a global effort to effectively use data and technologies to improve quality of life, especially as it...
Bridging the West Tampa gap in Florida’s Gulf Coast Trail - Dale Mabry Highway is a significant obstacle to people on foot and bicycles, whether they are neighborhood residents trying to cross the street to get to shopping or bus stops, or whether they are long-distance cyclists wending their way from the Courtney Campbell Trail to the Downtown Riverwalk. The MPO studied this problem both ways. ...
Taking transportation into the classroom - The MPO’s School Transportation Working Group recruited and sponsored Hillsborough County School District’s K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Coordinator, Joe Simmons, to participate in a national TRAC program in June. TRAC (Transportation And Civil Engineering) is an educational outreach program of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) that provides real-world...
Tampa to install slide gate on Hillsborough River dam - Maintaining environmental quality and estuarine habitat for plant and wildlife in the Hillsborough River is a goal of both the River Board and the City of Tampa. One way the City works to attain this goal is by meeting a minimum amount of fresh water flow to the lower Hillsborough River. The Florida Administrative Code...

 

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