This Week in Largo
OCTOBER 26, 2018
The City of Largo welcomes you to LARGO TODAY , News from the City Manager. Stay up-to-date on the superior services Largo aims to offer our residents, businesses and homeowners each week.
The Largo Public Library will be closed October 27th for the Spooktacular Event at Central Park. The Library will re-open October 29th at 9:00 am.

Motorists should be aware to expect heavy pedestrian traffic during the event which runs October 27th from noon until 5pm.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIME CENSUS
Each year, the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board conducts a one-day census of the street homeless population in Pinellas County. This census, called “Point-in-Time Count”, is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the funding that HUD provides annually to address homelessness throughout Pinellas County and provides valuable data on the causes, length of time of homelessness, and changes in the homeless population over time. Over 350 volunteers are needed for this one-day event. The Point-in-Time Count will be conducted on January 24, 2019. Training will be provided at various times and locations in the weeks leading up to the day of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at: www.pinellashomeless.org (Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board’s website).

- Carol Stricklin
Community Development Department Director I 586-7490 I cstrickl@largo.com
LARGO'S WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
As the branding and website teams were sharing a record-breaking four Savvy awards with the Mayor and City Commission, a notification arrived announcing two additional, very prestigious International MarCom Awards. The City of Largo was once again awarded for the new Largo.com and recent community branding efforts! MarCom is hosted by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals a nd the award honors excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work, and generosity of industry professionals.

Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries. The international organization, founded in 1995, consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital and web professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges, and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the community. 

The Communications and Marketing team is happy to once again share these awards with leadership and the community as we work to become the Community of Choice in Tampa Bay!

- Kate O'Connell Oyer
Communications and Marketing Manager I 586-7455 I koconnel@largo.com
MEETING UPDATES
2018 CITIZENS' ACADEMY
This week's session was hosted by the Largo Public Library. As usual, Library staff prepared Library cards for participants who did not already have them and presented them during the session. Library night traditionally has lower turnout than some of the other sessions, as most participants have been to the facility, however this year almost everyone was in attendance. Participants not only got a tour of the public and staff areas of the Library but also got to see programs such as Story Time, Book Talk and English Language Learning in progress. Asst. Director Geri Remming was our tour guide and in each area spoke about the ways the Library has changed since its opening in 2005. Director Casey McPhee spoke about Library services and the new Bookmobile. Dinner was provided by the Bookmark Cafe and the class also got to see a video on Welcoming Week and the baskets of donations to refugees. Next week's class will be hosted by the Finance Department and Office of Performance and Budget at City Hall.

- Diane Bruner
City Clerk I 587-6710 I dbruner@largo.com
SUSTAINABILITY OUTREACH
City of Largo sustainability staff recently participated in a number of outreach events to help make Largo more sustainable for generations. On October 20th, over 750 residents participated in ShredFest with thousands of pounds of papers being securely shredded and recycled. On October 24th, a recycling presentation was given to students at Highland Recreation's preschool as well as an educational trip with the Bag Monster around City Hall, educating staff on the importance of reusable bags. On October 25th, hundreds of Largo Recycles' yo-yo's were handed out along with candy at the High Point Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event. To request a presentation on recycling or other sustainability topics contact Sustainability@Largo.com.

- Laura Thomas
Sustainability Coordinator I 586-7424 I lthomas@largo.com
PINELLAS COUNTY REVERSE TRADE SHOW
Purchasing Analyst Joan Wheaton, Economic Development Coordinator Karisa Rojas-Norton and Community Outreach Coordinator Brenda Clark represented the City of Largo at the 2018 Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show on October 19th. Over 120 local businesses attended to meet various departments and other local purchasing agents from municipalities and agencies such as Largo, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa International Airport, Pinellas County Schools, Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College, Hillsborough County Public Schools, United States Special Operations Command and more. This annual event is hosted by Pinellas County Economic Development and the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF. The event was held at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.

- Karisa Rojas-Norton
Economic Development Coordinator I 587-6749 I krojasno@largo.com
UPCOMING EVENTS
THIRD ANNUAL LARGO TASTE FEST
DATE: November 3rd
TIME: 5:30pm
COST: $25 per person in advance; $30 day of event

Enjoy an evening outdoors during this tropical food festival located in the heart of Largo. Local area restaurants will provide delicious samples from their menu. Live music, artwork from local artists and a silent auction to help raise funds for the children's scholarship fund will be a part of the evening. Vote for your favorite restaurant of the night and best artwork.

Cost is $25 per person in advance, which includes one complimentary beverage and all food samplings. There will be a cash bar available. Entry fee at the gate day of is $30 per person. Reserve your space by going to Highland Recreation Complex, Southwest Recreation Complex or the Largo Community Center or register online .

The Highland Family Aquatic Center is located at 400 Highland Ave NE. For more information, call 727-587-6720 .

- Mark Abdo
Recreation Program Supervisor I 518-3019 I mabdo@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 Director I 587-6720 I jbyrne@largo.com