Thank you for your participation!
Imagine 2040's big numbers & big ideas!
It's Thanksgiving time, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you who participated in Imagine 2040, making this the most successful public involvement response we've ever had!
Man using kiosk to weigh in on Imagine2040
These are phenomenal numbers - 3,500+ participants generated 91,500+ data points collected through prioritizing, ranking, rating, choosing, suggesting and commenting on your ideas and preferences - at iPad stations, at kiosks, at community meetings, and on the web!

Imagine 2040 iPad station
We are currently analyzing your input to help us design a hybrid vision for Hillsborough's future that reflects what we've heard from you! Here's a sneak peek at some of what you told us...

In coming weeks, we'll be posting more detailed summaries and reports online, breaking down the input we received by geographic areas around our region, and ultimately, a draft hybrid vision for the future. This vision will guide the Plan 2040 Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Plans for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Hillsborough County.

Please join us for our next Imagine 2040 Working Group meeting on Thursday, December 12. Review and comment on preliminary Imagine 2040 results and the preliminary hybrid vision in an Open House format from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on the 26th Floor of County Center, at 601 E Kennedy Boulevard in Downtown Tampa. A brief presentation will be made at 6:00 p.m.  We warmly invite you to stay engaged throughout this process!
Thank you, Commissioner Cury!
For your legacy of leadership and fairness

An era has ended at the Planning Commission as longtime member Bruce P. Cury completed his last term as a Planning Commissioner in September. First appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to a four year term from October 1999 to September 2003, Commissioner Cury served as Member-At-Large from November 2002 to September 2003.


Following a move to Tampa, Mr. Cury was appointed to fill an unexpired term for the City of Tampa in January 2005, and reappointed for two more full terms by the Tampa City Council from October 2005 through September 2013.


Commissioner Cury was elected and served as Planning Commission Chair for an unprecedented five consecutive terms since the Planning Commission was  established in 1959.

During the 31st Annual Planning and Design Awards in October, Planning Commission Chair Derek Doughty presented Mr. Cury his Chairman's gavel used for his five consecutive terms, signed by all of the Planning Commissioners as a symbol of their gratitude for his dedcated service to the citizens of Hillsborough County. Mr. Cury will also be recognized at the December 9 Planning Commission meeting for his steadfast commitment to due process with a full and fair hearing.

We thank you, Commissioner Cury!

City of Tampa appoints millennial
Welcome, Commissioner Benson!
Stephen Benson, AICP

Appointed by the City of Tampa, Stephen Benson, AICP, CNU-A, was sworn in as the newest member of the Planning Commission at our October 14 meeting. Only 25 years old, Benson is the first member of the millennial generation to serve on the Planning Commission.


Benson, a fourth generation Tampa native, spent most of his life in Tampa, graduating from Plant High School and attending the University of South Florida for both his undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a B.A. in Geography and his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. Commissioner Benson is a certified urban planner who specializes in multimodal transportation planning and bicycle and pedestrian safety. Other professional affiliations include serving as Chair of the Florida Young Planners Group of the American Planning Association, on the Urban Land Institute's Young Leader's Group, and on the leadership committee for the Congress for New Urbanism's Tampa Bay Group.


Regarding his inspiration to become a Planning Commissioner, "I felt like there was a need for my generation to have a voice on how the future of our community is going to be planned out." He is most looking forward to "20 years from now, seeing something I contributed to having been implemented and making a positive impact on our community. That is what I'm most excited about."


And, we're excited to see the vision for our community through your eyes. Welcome, Commissioner Benson! 


Trees & trains
A video look at Downtown in 10 years
Tampa Downtown Partnership logo

Tampa Downtown Partnership hosted its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 13 at the Tampa Convention Center with the theme, "Downtown: Fast Forward," a look at downtown ten years into the future.  A video by the same title was featured, focusing on the voice of youth, as the future downtown is theirs. Students, young entrepreneurs, along with business and community leaders were among those interviewed.  The buzz phrase that attendees took away from the luncheon and video was "Trees and Trains," part of the vision shared by Olga, a second grader at Rampello Downtown Partnership School. We're sure you're going to love this video, Downtown: Fast Forward, as much as we do! 


The conversations about downtown's future continue at December 4th's Downtown Debriefing Series with a Guest Panel including a group of young, creative entrepreneurs from the startup, events, fashion, dining and tech communities converge.  


Date:  Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Location:  Tampa Convention Center  
Time:  Networking & Registration:  7:30 a.m.
Program and continental breakfast:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Register here. 


Issue 12 | November 2013
In this issue
Holiday schedule
As the holiday season is upon us, we wish you and yours a season filled with beautiful memories, prosperity and, most of all, safe travels and good health. Our offices will be closed in observance of County Holidays as follows:
  • November 28
  • November 29
  • December 24
  • December 25
  • January 1, 2014  

Imagine Hillsborough 2040

Working Group Next Meeting

Thursday, December 12
Open House
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Brief presentation @ 6:00 p.m.

County Center, 26th Floor
601 E Kennedy Boulevard
Downtown Tampa

Review and comment on preliminary Imagine 2040 results and the draft hybrid vision.

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