Imagine 2040 wins for Best Practices
APA Florida Award of Merit received at state conference
Imagine 2040 was honored to receive the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter 2015 Project Award of Merit in the Best Practices category. The award was presented at the opening session of APA Florida’s annual conference, themed Betting on Florida’s Future, held in Hollywood, Florida earlier this month.
Recognized for innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices, Imagine 2040 also incorporated public/private and inter-agency partnerships, user-friendly applications of technology, and fostered greater participation in planning for the future. The judges noted the use of:
- Interactive technology and storytelling to visualize simplified alternative futures and ask substantive questions to the public
- Programs like MetroQuest and Poll Everywhere being pushed beyond what they had been used for in the past
- Every opportunity to ask for public feedback and new ideas on how the region should grow was utilized as well as at civic groups, community events, home shows, newspapers, social media, and online right from home or anywhere
With nearly 6,000 survey participants, Imagine 2040 garnered the greatest amount of public participation ever achieved by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Planning Commission and has received numerous awards at the regional, state, and national levels.