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Florida Planning Conference sessions to feature Plan Hillsborough speakers

August 2021 – The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will hold its annual planning conference, #FPC21, in Miami from August 31-September 3. Virtual sessions will be available for those who can’t attend. Six Plan Hillsborough speakers will be featured on four different panel sessions exploring planning for equity, public engagement, and comprehensive…

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Help make Tampa a Smart City!

August 2021 – The Smart Cities Mobility Plan development is in its final draft period. Your input will help us determine which current and emerging smart technologies we should invest in to create a safe and reliable multimodal transportation system for our community. Visit the project page to review a smart technologies fact sheet, watch…

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USF-to-Green ARTery Trail Study opens public survey

August 2021 – A survey for the USF-to-Green ARTery Trail Study is now open, an important step that invites public review and can potentially lead to the development of a trail connection from USF to a network of trails across the City of Tampa. The USF-to-Green ARTery Trail is a conceptualized trail connection between the…

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Lower speeds next to parks? Share your thoughts!

August 2021 – Special speed zones on roads near schools help protect kids going there – but what about roads near parks? The Park Speed Zone Pilot Study looks at that question, using several parks in different suburban and urban areas to tease out how this might work. Our pilot study zooms in on the roads around…

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iCanBike program teaches people with disabilities to ride bikes

July 2021 – It was a moment Paisley will always remember: the day she learned how to ride a bike. Gena Torres remembers that moment as well; she’s the volunteer that taught Paisley how to ride. “It was such an honor to participate in the iCan Bike program this summer,” the TPO executive planner fondly…

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Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit 2021 accepting presentation proposals

July 2021 – A call for proposals is now open for the Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit, an annual event that advocates for transportation safety and accessibility throughout the Tampa Bay area. The hybrid event takes place November 2–4, 2021, and will feature virtual speakers, virtual panels, in-person mobile workshops, and virtual presentation sessions. The deadline for proposals is July 23, 2021. “Plan Hillsborough is excited to…

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TPO Board gives the green light to Transportation Improvement Program

June 2021 – On June 9, 2021, the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) approved its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a five-year plan that includes $3.1 billion in funding for local transportation projects. During the five-hour-long meeting, Board members heard recommendations from TPO staff, FDOT Secretary David Gwynn, and the public. Projects proposed for I-275 through…

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Equity is on the way as Nondiscrimination Plan moves closer to completion

June 2021 – This year’s Nondiscrimination Plan update is almost complete. As of March 2021, staff finished a public engagement phase with Hillsborough County residents to identify the challenges they face accessing community elements, such as transportation options, quality housing, public engagement meetings, and to other important places in the County. The goal of this…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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….

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