41st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by TECO

Downtown Tampa from Channelside, showing mixed use development


Join us for a celebration of excellence in planning and design in Hillsborough County at our 41st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by TECO. Hosted by Brendan McLaughlin, the awards will be presented on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm at the Shanna & Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center.

This awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring projects contributing to a better quality of life in our community and serving as models to learn from and emulate. With the emphasis on the importance of great planning in our own region, our awards program is held in October to align with the many national festivities during the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in America!

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets are on sale September 1 – October 10 at 3:00 pm and can be purchased via credit card at our Ticket Leap site: tpc.ticketleap.com/2023awards/ All guests must be registered and tickets purchased by October 10, 2023. If you have questions regarding registration, tickets, or if you wish to pay by check or money order, Lauren Becker will be happy to assist you by calling 813.386.5960 or emailing: [email protected]

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

TECO logo

Reception Sponsor

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP Counselors at Law logo

Innovator Sponsor

Greater Tampa Realtors logo landscape

Community Sponsors

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority logo
halff logo

Marketing Partner

Tampa Bay Times tampabay.com logo
Winners announced in the 10.22.23 edition of the Times!

Neighborhood Sponsor

Urban Planning Innovations logo

Become a sponsor. Contact Lynn Merenda for sponsorship opportunities: [email protected]

Call for Entries

How to Enter

The Entry Form packet includes information on Eligibility, Award Categories & Designations, Judging Criteria, a submission checklist and form.

All entries become the property of the Planning Commission. Photos and drawings submitted may be used by the Planning Commission in materials including websites, social media, publications, presentations, and educational programs, etc.

Read the criteria and follow the submission instructions in the 41st Annual Planning & Design Awards Entry Form.

Once your materials are complete, submit your entry package online at: bit.ly/planningdesignentry

Mail or deliver your entry fee to:

Planning Commission – Attn: Awards, 601 E Kennedy Boulevard, County Center, 18th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602

The check or money order must be made out to:

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners

Deadlines & Entry Fees

Entry fees may be waived for student-designed projects or for projects designed and executed entirely with volunteer resources. Call 813.547.3342 to find out if your project qualifies for a waived fee.


Early Bird $125

Due Wednesday, July 12 | 5 pm


General Entry $195

Due Friday, August 4 | 5 pm

The Planning Commission

601 E Kennedy Boulevard, County Center, 18th Floor Tampa, FL 33602


Lynn Merenda | [email protected]

Caroline Charles | [email protected]