September 2018 – Plan Hillsborough continues to support the University of South Florida’s Masters in Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program through two fellowships each year. These talented students contribute their fresh perspectives and talents to many projects while gaining hands-on planning experience.
Prior to accepting this fellowship, Aaron Young excelled in his studies in Sociology at USF, graduating magna cum laude and being awarded as the Department of Sociology’s Outstanding Senior. His passion for his hometown – Tampa – and its surrounding communities – led him to pursue an education and career in urban planning. At the intersection of where people, environment, and infrastructure meet, Aaron will be assisting the Environmental Planning, Research, and Infrastructure Team with Comprehensive Plan updates, Strategic Plan metrics and tracking, and Capital Improvement Project reviews for the four jurisdictions.
Alyssa Livingstone will be working with the MPO team on the It’s Time Tampa Bay joint transportation plan with Pasco and Pinellas counties and moving forward the Vision Zero Hillsborough message. Alyssa has already participated in a neighborhood Vision Zero event, holding signs and waving to motorists before 7:00 a.m.! From the island of Jamaica, Alyssa actually attended the same high school as our Executive Planner Michele Ogilvie. She is currently in the USF MURP program pursuing an urban planning career first in the United States, and ultimately, will take her experience to assist her home country in the future.