issue 8 | march 18
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
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Plan Hillsborough takes the Commuter Challenge

As part of our second annual Commuter Challenge Week, Plan Hillsborough staff and board members  gave their cars  some time off, recording more than 200  trips by transit, bike, walking, carpool or using  another  mode of transportation other than driving a car alone! 
This year,  Plan Hillsborough joined  the  Tampa Downtown Partnership   in promoting the Challenge  to the broader community, and were  thrilled  to see community leaders, elected officials, and private businesses join in!  You can  view  photos and experiences by searching for the hashtag  #CommuterChallenge18  on Twitter, Facebook, or  Linkedin . We were  also delighted when some in the news media were  inspired to take the Challenge , and happy to see these different transportation options covered  as a way of " Getting There "  by Chuck Henson of Bay News 9 .

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Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit inspires participants

The sold-out  Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit  on February 27 was an  outstanding event ! The lineup of  engaging speakers  assured  the audience  that  the work we do  as planners, engineers, health professionals, advocates, law enforcement, and elected officials  i s  helping to  mak e  headway in saving lives . They also  inspired ,  humbled , and challenged   participants   to spread the Vision Zero message and  be open to new ideas, if we're going to be effective in saving lives in the most critical communities.  
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land use &
comprehensive planning 
Where is poverty concentrated in Hillsborough County?

This month, Planning Commission staff completed an analysis on poverty in Hillsborough County. The report identifies those neighborhoods where more than 40% of the residents live in poverty and how those neighborhoods have changed over time.
Analysis of approximately 40 years of Census Data, from the 1970 decennial census to the 2011-2016 American Community Survey, reveals where concentrations of poverty in Hillsborough County exist.
National trends reflect a decentralization of concentrations in poverty away from downtowns or urban cores and outwards to less urbanized areas. To replicate the findings of other authors, staff used Census Tracts as a proxy for neighborhoods. Based on the data available, the national trends other researchers have identified are similar in Hillsborough County.  

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Applications now being accepted for FLiP 2018!

Designed as an opportunity for high school students to explore urban planning as a potential career, Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) offers a broad exposure to planning from public and private sector perspectives across many fields. In its second year, the annual FLiP  program expanded from nine to eighteen students and from a two-day to a three-day intensive program. This year, we're excited to announce FLiP will accept 21 students for a four-day program!

This FREE program will run May 29, May 30, May 31, and June 1, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and includes meals, snacks, a FLiP T-shirt, and more! Applications must be accompanied by a recommendation and are due by April 18, 2018. 

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transportation connections 
& planning
MPO wins resiliency grant for the region

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, in collaboration with the Pinellas MPO, Pasco MPO, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the Florida Department of Transportation District 7, is excited to announce we have been  selected for the Federal Highway Administration's  Resilience and Durability Pilot Program .   This Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) project will help further the state of practice in developing transportation sector resilience .

This pilot project is timely in that  the  MPO s   are  currently conducting their 2045 Long Ra nge Transportation Plan (LRTP) u pdate s . New federal requirements state that future LRTP updates must work on "improving the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system and reducing or mitigating the  stormwater  impacts of surface transportation..." Moreover, LRTPs must address "enhancing travel and tourism . " These new planning factors directly address Tampa Bay's geographic vulnerability and economic dependence on the tourism industry.

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South Coast Greenway Connector Study is getting underway

The Hillsborough MPO and Hillsborough County Public Works are getting underway on a study to connect the Selmon Greenway, a trail running under and along the Selmon Expressway, to the north end of the South Coast Greenway. This connection will eventually lead to a trail spanning the entire county! This planned continuous 13-mile, north-south 10-15-foot wide paved trail in south Hillsborough County from Symmes Road to the Little Manatee River will link important destinations including parks and recreation facilities, public schools, a community college, nature preserves, shopping, town centers, and neighborhoods. The first public meeting is scheduled on April 3! 

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Save the date for the next Garden Steps event!

The Coalition of Community Gardens - Tampa Bay will host the upcoming  Grow Community Gardens - Tampa Bay Conference, for garden lovers, food equity / food justice supporters, urban agriculturalists of all types and the general public on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Tampa Heights Youth Development & Community Center at 2005 North Lamar Avenue, Tampa. Sponsored by  The Sustany┬« Foundation and the MPO's  Garden Steps project, which seeks to connect neighborhoods to fresh food by expanding gardens and walk/bike connections, the event focuses on bringing together the accumulated wisdom of regional gardeners on all aspects of health, wellness, and sustainable living. Anyone interested in learning about healthier living and healthy choices through gardening is invited to attend.  

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Celebrate Florida Bike Month

Across Hillsborough County, local elected officials are shining a spotlight on biking in March as part of  Florida Bike Month . Bright and early on March 9, Temple Terrace residents rode along with Mayor Mel Jurado, other elected officials, and City staff  for th e  annual Bike with the Mayor  event Mayor Jurado led riders on a leisurely 3.9-mile ride along the beautiful, tree-lined streets of Temple Terrace.

On March 20, t he  Tampa  Downtown Partnership will hold a Bike to Work Ride & Rally .   P articipants can c hoose from  seven   neighborhood meet-up locations for a guided ride with experienced cyclists. All will finish at  Lykes  Gaslight Square for food, music, information, and fun.
On March 30,  Mayor Rick Lott will  lead  the second annual  Ride with the Mayor  event in Plant City .  Participants will meet at Gilchrist Park, 704 N Pennsylvania Ave nue in Plant City  at 7am. The first 50 bicyclists to sign in will receive a free T-shirt.  P lant City Police  will escort the riders along a 3.75 mile ride loop starting at 7:30am .

hillsborough river planning
Middle River history

One of the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board's roles is to educate the public on the context and history of the river as a major environmental and community asset. The "middle river" through Temple Terrace and into the City of Tampa didn't always include a dam, and that dam wasn't always used for water supply. During much of the 1800s, the Hillsborough River existed in a natural wild state. With the advent of the electric light bulb and electric street cars, Consumers Electric Company built the dam on the middle river between 1896-1897 to generate electricity to power these innovations.

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Promotes, coordinates, collaborates with, and facilitates the involvement of all people in comprehensive planning and visioning to improve economic development opportunities and quality of life in our community
A long-range transportation policy-making board made up of local government and transportation agency representatives planning for more than $1.5 billion
in state and federally funded multi-modal transportation investments in the first 5 years of each 20+ year plan
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