This Week in Largo
OCTOBER 19, 2018
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COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS PROGRAM
The new Community Ambassadors program is a unique opportunity that will allow participants the chance to assist in a wide variety of projects across the City with outreach staff from various departments. One week, Ambassadors may be with staff at the library collecting resident feedback on a downtown project, the next week they may be out in the community helping to share information about city services, or it can even be as simple as helping get the word out about upcoming projects on social media.

Community members have been invited to join us at Sages West Bay Bistro, 883 W Bay Dr, on November 8th from 6-7pm to learn more about the newly launched Community Ambassadors program. Participants will learn about the new program, how they can get involved, and more.

- Brenda Clark
Community Outreach Coordinator I 586-7630 I bclark@largo.com
EMERGING TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE
Community Development Director Stricklin attended the Urban Land Institute Fall Summit in Boston during the week of October 8th. The ULI Fall Summit, which convenes leaders in real estate and land use policy, included the release of the annual report "Emerging Trends in Real Estate." This report presents trends and forecasts for the real estate industry in conjunction with Price Waterhouse Cooper based upon interviews with 2,400 industry professionals. This year's report identified the Tampa/St. Petersburg market as one of the top ten U.S. Markets to Watch in 2019. Factors cited for this ranking included a diverse market; strong annual net migration; above average employment growth rates; and vibrant downtown redevelopment.

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM UPDATE
The Recreation, Parks and Arts Department continues to build relationships with the schools in the Largo community. The Highland Recreation Center is picking up children from Ponce de Leon Elementary, Belcher Elementary, Fuguitt Elementary, Pinellas Preparatory Academy and Plato-Largo for their onsite aftercare program. The Southwest Recreation Center is picking up children from Anona Elementary, Mildred Helms Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary and Plato-Seminole. 
The department also works with the Physical Education Departments at Frontier Elementary, Ponce de Leon Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary and Anona Elementary to recognize one child from each grade level that is displaying positive character traits in fitness and sports. In addition the department provides support to family events at the schools such as Health & Wellness Fair (Belcher Elementary) and Harvest Night (Fuguitt).

- Krista Pincince
Recreation, Parks & Arts Department Assistant Director I 587-6720 I kpincinc@largo.com
MEETING UPDATES
2018 CITIZENS' ACADEMY
This week's session was hosted by the Recreation, Parks and Arts Department. Participants learned about the four strategic pillars that guide the department's work. After, the class split into three groups to get an up-close experience of RPA's unique offerings. Groups went behind the scenes at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, learned about what it takes to design and inspect a playground, jumped into a cardio workout class, and made their own spooky arts and crafts. The session wrapped up with a tough quiz and prizes! Next week’s session will be held at the Largo Public Library.

- Courtney Fogarty
Deputy City Clerk I 587-6710 I cfogarty@largo.com
CENTRAL PINELLAS BUSINESS SHOWCASE
Largo's Economic Development Division staffed the City’s table for the 2018 Central Pinellas Business Showcase on October 17th. There were more than 50 other industries there to share their information with those that attended the event. The City table had information on a variety of topics including brochures on doing business in Largo, what development is underway and lots of giveaways.

- Teresa Brydon
Economic Development Manager I 586-7342 I tbrydon@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
THIRD ANNUAL FREECYCLE EVENT
The City of Largo will be hosting the third annual Freecycle Event at the Largo Public Library on November 2nd and 3rd. This event encourages residents to donate gently used household items to help create a marketplace. The community is then invited to receive a free bag at the door and 'shop' as they fill their bag with items from the marketplace. Accepted donations include books, CDs, DVDs, gently used clothing and children's toys, housewares, holiday gifts and decor, school supplies and office supplies.

We invite the community to donate any gently used items by visiting the Largo Public Library on November 2nd from 10am-6pm. Residents can 'shop' for free starting at 9am on Saturday until all items are gone. 

For more information about the Freecycle Event and other sustainability initiatives, visit LargoRecycles.com.
- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
NORTH POLE EXPESS
The Recreation, Parks and Arts Department, in cooperation with the Largo Central Railroad, will be offering a new event on December 7th - 9th. Decorated trains will welcome pre-registered passengers for a magical journey to the North Pole where they will take part in a variety of holiday activities, enjoy festive refreshments and visit with Santa who will give each person a keepsake memento. Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit the Railroad. Register at largoevents.com, visit one of our recreation centers or call
(727) 587-6720.

- Joan Byrne
Recreation, Parks and Arts Department I 587-6720 I jbyrne@largo.com