FLiP 2017 introduces students to planning careers

On May 31, the Planning Commission kicked off FLiP 2017, our Future Leaders in Planning student leadership development program. Designed as an opportunity to introduce high school students to urban planning as a potential career, the annual FLiP program expanded from nine to eighteen students and from a two-day to a three-day intensive program in just its second year.

A big hit with the students, FLiP offered a broad exposure to planning from both public and private sector perspectives across many fields.

Day 1 highlights

  • WalkWise Tampa Bay presentation
  • Lunch at Fred’s Market, sponsored by Atkins Global
  • Presentations at City Hall on planning for rapidly growing Plant City
  • Historical walking tour of Downtown led by the Historic Resources Board
  • Plant City Railroad Viewing Platform & Tower and Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum tour
  • Midtown Village Green redevelopment area tour
  • Environmental Protection Commission tour featuring specialists from the air, water, wetlands, and waste divisions and a visit to the chemistry and benthic labs

Day 2 highlights

  • Tampa Riverwalk and economic development tour
  • HDR sponsored lunch and presented the Tampa Streetcar Study
  • Planning Commission’s Info BBQ featuring John Orr of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s scenario planning process for the 20 county Atlanta metropolitan area regional plan
  • MetroRapid trip to USF for a walking tour of campus highlighting USF’s award-winning Master Plan; and interactive planning exercise at CUTR; a presentation on the School of Public Affairs’ Master in Urban and Regional Planning program; and insights from FDOT District Seven’s Stephen Benson

Day 3 highlights

  • Boat tour of Port Tampa Bay
  • TECOline Streetcar to Ybor City
  • Cuban sandwiches in Centro Ybor sponsored by Clearview Land Design
  • Then, Now, & Tomorrow walking tour of Ybor City with a final stop in Cuba
  • ULI Tampa Bay presented Building Healthy Places and a hands-on planning activity
  • Friends and family gathered to observe the closing presentations, where FLiP teams presented impressive planning designs. ULI Tampa Bay provided the FLiP T-shirts and a copy of Gabe Klein’s Start-Up City

A huge thanks to our partners – Hillsborough County Public Schools, ULI Tampa Bay, and Sun Coast Section – APA Florida – and all of our contributors! Thank you for giving us a lift, literally to HART and the School District. Finally, a shout out to our amazing students! Our future is in great hands… We are looking forward to FLiP 2018!