October 2018 – Plan Hillsborough continues to provide guidance to the local planning community through the APA Florida Sun Coast Section’s mentoring initiatives. The program supports USF Master of Urban and Regional Planning students, as well as mid-career planners looking to move into leadership. So far, staff has grown these initiatives and mentored 19 coach-protege pairs over the past several years. Support includes resume review, career insight, leadership tips, and shadowing opportunities. “Plan Hillsborough’s commitment to local planning and our students is a major driver in our program’s continued success,” said Dr. Evangeline Linkous, USF MURP Professor. “We especially appreciate the shadowing experience. This is often a student’s first foray into the world of a practicing planner, and the opportunity helps them immensely in determining their future career path.”
APA National recently chose to feature mentoring programs and Plan Hillsborough staff in a blog post and video series featuring our own Planning Commission Executive Director Melissa Zornitta, AICP, and Senior Planner Melissa Dickens, AICP.