Connections to Tomorrow – September 2019

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Operation Partnership: Civilian Career Day 2019 - September 2019 – We had the privilege of hosting Major Michael Chavarria, USAF, on August 16 for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Operation Partnership: Civilian Career Day. The program gives military members transitioning out of service the opportunity to spend a day with a Chamber member. Major Chavarria experienced a typical work day at...
Meet our 2019 APA FL conference speakers - Plan Hillsborough was honored to have had four staff members speak on six exciting panel sessions at the 2019 APA Florida Annual Conference, September 10 – 13, in beautiful Sandestin, Florida. Congratulations to Beth Alden | AICP, Jay Collins | AICP, Melissa Dickens | AICP, and Melissa Zornitta | AICP!  
Beth Alden is speaking at the TRB Conference in Atlanta - Our MPO Executive Director is hitting the road again. Beth is a panelist at the Transportation Research Board’s Performance & Data in Transportation Decision Making Conference in Atlanta, Georgia September 15 -18. She’ll be talking about using performance metrics like pavement condition, crash rates, travel time reliability, and bus service availability to engage people in...
Staff Spotlight: Michael Rempfer - September 2019 – Michael Rempfer | Network and Database Administrator | Tenure: 3.5 years Since Michael joined Plan Hillsborough he has: Created an application for the front desk that we have called the e-ceptionist due to a hiring freeze that coincided with a retirement of our receptionist. Written a program called CPUD that is being...
Staff Spotlight: Roger Mathie - September 2019 – Roger Mathie | Project Manager I | Tenure: 19 years When Roger started with the Planning Commission/MPO, he came in on the tail end of the 2020 long range transportation plan (LRTP). He’s since worked on the 2025, 2035, 2040, and the 2045 LRTPs. He does the GIS mapping for the Tampa Bay...
New Planning Commission fees go into effect January 1, 2020 - September 2019 – On June 5, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt an amended fee schedule for the Planning Commission at 100% of the cost of service, effective January 1, 2020, with fee reviews occurring every three years. The new fee schedule applies only to projects in Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Revisions to the...
Find out what the buzz is about at our next Info BBQ September 2019 - September 2019 – Join us from noon-1:30p on Friday, September 27 for the Planning Commission’s next Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) at the Tampa Heights Community Garden. We’re teaming up with the Healthiest Cities Challenge Runner Up Garden Steps to find out about the importance of wild pollinators and the roles they play in our...
Collaborative water resources planning with Hillsborough County - September 2019 – Water is a significant and interconnected resource; rainwater, stormwater, surface water, groundwater, and wastewater all provide value to our community. Recognizing the interrelated nature of water, Hillsborough County is developing new programs, such as green infrastructure initiatives, to integrate the built environment’s water cycle with the natural water cycle. Additionally, Planning Commission...
2019 Safe Streets Summit registration & award nominations open! - September 2019 – The Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) and Safe Routes to School National Conference are being jointly held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown from November 12-14, 2019. Join hundreds of active transportation and public health advocates from across the country for valuable networking and sharing best practices. Registration for both events is open now. The 2nd...
IOC holds first meeting - September 2019 – The long-awaited inaugural meeting of the Transportation Sales Surtax Independent Oversight Committee (IOC) was held on Tuesday, August 27. Committee members made introductions, received background information about transportation planning, and handled administrative tasks. The group’s official actions included adopting the bylaws. The IOC members also elected Sean Shaw as the committee’s Chair...
ICYM the August MPO/Tampa Bay Next Special Briefing #3 - September 2019 – The last in a series of three Tampa Bay Next Special Briefings was held on August 19 at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library to provide the MPO Board, its committees, and the public with information about potential traffic and safety impacts of their modernization plans for I-275 and I-4 in...
Protecting wildlife corridors - September 2019 – When we hear the word ecosystem, images of rivers, lakes, forests, animals, and plants readily come to mind. We often fail to consider that humans are just as much a part of these ecosystems, and often have the greatest impact. Greenways and wildlife corridors provide pathways for the travel of wildlife. This...
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