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A fun & easy way to weigh in on the future of Hillsborough County... Imagine Hillsborough 2040 launches Friday!

Too busy to attend public meetings? Do you care about our community's future but don't know how you can make a difference?

Imagine 2040 is an easy way to participate in planning for our future from the comfort of any location at any time of the day or night!

There are lots of reasons why up to 600,000 new residents will live and work here by 2040. The Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization for Transportation invite anyone who lives, works, or plays in Hillsborough County to use an online game-style survey designed to interactively rate and comment on a variety of strategies to best meet our needs today and into the future.

How easy is it? "I've been on the MPO for ten years, and this is the easiest-to-use public involvement tool I've seen," commented Plant City Vice Mayor and MPO Board member Rick Lott at a recent preview.

With a few clicks, some drags, and a little typing here and there, people can tell how they see the future of our region, what's most important to them, what they like and don't like about different growth strategies, and rate their preferences for homes, jobs, transportation, and funding infrastructure to meet our future needs. will be available from August 16 until October 20. "The ideal vision will most likely be a combination of many strategies, so we've made it convenient for people to express themselves in a fun way while providing the information we need," said Planning Commission and MPO Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte. "This really is something big for Hillsborough County. Everyone can work together to turn the challenges that comes with growth into opportunities for a thriving future."

The vision the public helps develop now will guide the plans that are the roadmap to the future... The 2040 Transportation Plan
and the four 2040 Comprehensive Plans for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Hillsborough County. site features: Imagine 2040 Kiosk
  • Imagine 2040 interactive survey 
  • Imagine 2040 video
  • Schedule a group presentation
  • See a list of upcoming presentations
  • View kiosk locations
  • Stay in touch  
  • Meeting-in-a-box
  • Teacher lesson plan
  • More Plan 2040 information & background 
MEDIA ALERT - Press Conference
August 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
County Center Lobby - 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL  
Hosted by 970 WFLA - AM Tampa Bay's Jack Harris, featured speakers include:
  • Mark Sharpe - County Commissioner & MPO Chair
  • Derek Doughty -Planning Commission Chair
  • Frank Chillura - Temple Terrace Mayor & MPO Board
  • Ray Chiaramonte - Planning Commission & MPO Executive Director 

Photo & Interview Opportunity

August 16, 2013, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
County Center Lobby - 601 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL
Join the Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the public at the Imagine 2040 Launch Party. The public is invited to be among the first to try Imagine 2040 on kiosks and on iPads, participate in interactive games, and draw ideas for the future. 

The Planning Commission is the official Land Planning Agency for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and Unincorporated Hillsborough County. The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization is a transportation policy board comprised of representatives from local governments and transportation agencies focusing on transportation planning and programming decisions that support the mobility needs and economic development of these jurisdictions.


In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other nondiscrimination laws, public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.


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Media contact information:

Lynn Merenda
Switchboard: 813.272.5940  Direct Dial: 813.273.3774 x342
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