Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP)


noun. The activity or profession of determining the future physical arrangement or condition of a community. Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning helps communities envision their future and find the right balance of new development, essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.


Virtual FLiP 2021 | #FLiPlanning

After cancelling FLiP 2020 due to COVID, we are excited to offer virtual FLiP 2021! Deadlines, capacity, and programming will be modified to suit the virtual format.

The application deadline has been extended to May 28.

FLiP dates: Thursdays | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  06.24 | 07.01 | 07.08 | 07.15 to be held on Zoom.
Event site: The event site will be updated with more information and the application link at: tinyurl.com/FLiP2021
Virtual sessions: Programming will include an overview of planning careers, #PlanningforResilience, #PlanningforEquity, #HealthinAllPolicies, #VisionZEROHillsborough, #PlanningforSmartCities plus more!
Cost: There is no charge to participate in FLiP.

inspiring future planners

Designed as an opportunity for high school students to explore urban planning as a potential career, FLiP offers a broad exposure to planning.

Through a series of speakers, interactive planning activities, and tours on foot, bus, streetcar, and boat, FLiP provides:

  • The chance to network with and learn from planning professionals in the planning and related government services fields in the public and private sectors as well as connect with other students with a passion for planning for a thriving future for our community
  • Broad exposure to planning from multiple perspectives, including: comprehensive planning, economic development, environmental, historic preservation, community redevelopment, transportation, geographic information systems, safety, education and research, and more

A huge thank you to our partners – Hillsborough County Public SchoolsULI Tampa BaySun Coast Section – APA Florida – and all of our contributors! 2019 brings with it a new sponsor… welcome to Kisinger Campo & Associates. Thank you for giving us a lift, literally, to Port Tampa BayHART & TECO Line StreetcarUSF Bull Runner, and the School District.

How Hillsborough’s high school students have FLiPped over potential planning careers – APA Florida Planning Magazine, Spring ’19

Since its inception in 2016, the Planning Commission’s Future Leaders in Planning program has been a huge hit with students and parents alike. Traditionally, urban planning is a subject students are not exposed to until college or graduate school. FLiP changes that and addresses educational pathways to the career, inspiring future planners

Hillsborough County School District students in good standing in grades 9, 10, or 11 are eligible to apply. Current seniors and students who have previously attended FLiP will be considered only on a space-available basis. Hillsborough County residents in private high schools may also apply. To ensure consideration for the program, all applications must be accompanied by a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, mentor, or community leader.

The application period is typically open February through April (deadlines vary by calendar year). FLiP is normally held the week after the Hillsborough County Public School year ends. Twenty one students will be accepted into the program. Invited students will be notified by mid-May. 

Each year, FLiP closes with an exciting team planning activity in conjunction with ULI Tampa Bay. Family and friends are invited to the closing presentations. Always a highlight of the program, it’s quite apparent our future is in great hands… 

FLiP 2019 | #FLiPlanning

On June 4 – June 7, the Planning Commission held our fourth annual Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) student leadership development program. A big hit with the students, mentors, and parents alike, FLiP offered a broad exposure to planning from both public and private sector perspectives across many fields. The students flourished while networking with professionals, collaborating in teams, and honing their presentation and public speaking skills. Check out the 2019 recap and Facebook photos.

FLiP 2018 | #FLiPlanning

On May 29 – June 1, 2018, the Planning Commission held our third annual Future Leaders in Planning student leadership development program. FLiP 2018 expanded to a four-day program with 21 students invited to participate. Check out the 2018 recap and Facebook photos.

FLiP 2017 | #FLiP2017

FLiP 2016 | #FLiP2016

On May 31, 2017, the Planning Commission kicked off FLiP 2017, our Future Leaders in Planning student leadership development program. 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. Check out the 2017 recap and Facebook photos.

On June 21, 2016, the Planning Commission welcomed the inaugural class to our Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) student leadership development program. The first year, FLiP was a two-day intensive program with nine students. Check out the 2016 recap and Facebook photos.

Thank you FLiP sponsors & program contributors!