FLiP 2018 introduces students to planning careers

June 2018 – On May 29 – June 1, the Planning Commission held our third annual FLiP 2018, 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, this year’s four-day intensive program was 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 | Walking tour of USF Tampa Campus highlighting USF’s award-winning Master Plan with Campus Planning/Facilities Management team – Assistant Director Barbara Donerly, RA, AICP, LEED AP; Chaddy Hanwisai, CDT, LEED Green Associate; and Rich Piccininni, PE | Lunch at the brand new 24/5 dining facility The Hub courtesy of ULI Tampa Bay | A look at USF Student Government with student body president Moneer Kheireddine | Walk Wise Tampa Bay presentation with CUTR’s Brentin Mosher | Saga City interactive planning exercise with CUTR’s Tia Boyd | Insights from FDOT District Seven’s Stephen Benson | Educational Pathways to Urban Planning with Mark Hafen, PhD |

Day 2 highlights | Intro to transportation planning with MPO Executive Director Beth Alden, AICP | Preview of It’s TIME Tampa Bay regional transportation plan survey with Johnny Wong, PhD | Plan Hillsborough & Planning Commission perspectives with Executive Director Melissa Zornitta, AICP | Brunch at Fred’s Market courtesy of Fred’s and the Sun Coast Section of APA Florida | Introduction to planning for rapidly growing Plant City with Mark Hudson, AICP and Mara Latorre | Tour of Plant City Railroad Viewing Platform & Tower and Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum with museum director Benny Lubrano | Environmental Protection Commission tour featuring specialists from the air, water, wetlands, and waste divisions and a visit to the chemistry and benthic labs |

Day 3 highlights | Boat tour of Port Tampa Bay with John Thorington, VP of Government Affairs & Board Coordination | Tour Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park with Brad Suder, Superintendent Planning Design Natural Resources Division at City of Tampa | Planning for MacDill Airforce Base presentation with base planner and Planning Commissioner Tony Rodriguez, AICP | Lunch courtesy of ATKINS & Planning for Trails in Hillsborough County presented by Wiatt Bowers, AICP | Tampa International Airport Tour with TIA Vice President of Communications Janet Scherberger |

Day 4 highlights | APA Florida presentation by Sun Coast section Chair Melissa Dickens, AICP | Then, Now, & Tomorrow walking tour of Ybor City with a final stop in Cuba with Dr. Wally Reyes and YCDC’s Brenda Thrower | Cuban sandwiches in Centro Ybor courtesy of Clearview Land Design Civil Engineering + Land Planning for Master-Planned Communities and Urban Infill | ULI Tampa Bay presentation of Building Healthy Communities, an exciting hands-on planning activity, and a gift for each student of Gabe Klein’s Start-UpCity! |

Friends and family gathered to observe some incredible closing presentations from the team planning activity. View FLiP 2018 pictures on our facebook. A huge thanks to our partners – Hillsborough County Public Schools, ULI Tampa Bay, Sun Coast Section – APA Florida – and all of our contributors! Thank you for giving us a lift, literally, to HART, TECOline Streetcar, USF Bull Runner, and the School District. Finally, a shout out to our amazing students! Our future is in great hands… We are looking forward to FLiP 2019!