There's no place like our home!
Partnering with Florida's Largest Home Show to tell our story!
Florida's largest Home Show The Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are proud to announce a public - private partnership with Florida's Largest Home Show produced by Turner Expositions. Beginning in 2014, at each of the Turner Home Shows, there will be a super-sized interactive display featuring what is special about our homes, communities and our region today as well as what is in the plans for our future.

With the artistic eye and skilled craftsmanship of Exterior Concepts' David Hetrick, a unique design for each show will come to life and tell the story about different elements in our community today as well as in our transportation and comprehensive plans for the future of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Hillsborough County.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for people to get up close (and even walk through!) planning projects that have been completed, or are underway, or on their way in future plans." 
- Derek Doughty, Planning Commission Chair

"We are thrilled with this partnership. 
This is our hometown and our community. We feel a responsibility as a company and as individuals living here to give back, to help generate awareness for important local issues, and to do whatever we can to make a difference whether supporting local charities and veterans or planning a brighter future of our community."
- John Turner, President of Turner Expositions

construction_volunteers.jpg "Turner Expositions has been invested in the Tampa Bay community since 1984 and we are excited about turning our public engagement about planning for growth and improving our quality of life into a multi-dimensional experience. People come to Florida's Largest Home Shows, because they want to invest in and improve their homes. This partnership will elevate that planning is an investment that will increase the value of the community they call home."
- Ray Chiaramonte
  Executive Director of the Planning Commission & MPO

"This is a great vehicle for sharing big ideas about transportation and growing our economy right now and for future generations with the tens of thousands of people that come to Florida's Largest Home Shows each year."

- MPO Chair, County Commission Chair Mark Sharpe
Our Community, Your Backyard
The Planning Commission and MPO theme for the January 3 - 5 Turner Home Show at the Tampa Convention Center is "Our Community, Your Backyard" and will highlight planned and existing features in our community including:

This experience, framed by Exterior Concepts, will give a full sensory experience complete with a single-family backyard outdoor kitchen and a high-rise style balcony overlooking some of our community's park and environmental assets. Complete with water features symbolizing the Hillsborough River and fire pits, the first planning showcase at the January Home Show will also display: "This is a great example of coordination with our community partners. We look forward to working with the public and private sector in all of our jurisdictions to showcase what lies ahead for Hillsborough County."
- Ray Chiaramonte

2014 Turner Home Show schedule:
  • January 3 - 5 @ Tampa Convention Center
  • March 14 - 16 @ Florida State Fairgrounds
  • August TBD  
  • October 17 - 19 @ Florida State Fairgrounds   

The public can enter each Home Show at no charge on Free Fridays, courtesy of ABC Action News.


You're invited to join us!
On a special walking tour of ENCORE!

Aerial photo of ENCORE!  

Bring your own brown bag lunch, and join the Planning Commission and the Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association for a walking tour of ENCORE!

Get your groove on! Urban renewal in harmony with a vibrant past...

Ray recorded here. Ella wrote here. Cab's tunes energized the air here. Stay for the legendary dessert! The stage is set. A long-awaiting revival is underway.

This is ENCORE!

 Register Now!

Get the details here


Please register no later than January 6, 2014.

Beverages & dessert will be provided courtesy of ENCORE!

Facts & Figures : 2013
Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City & Unincorporated Hillsborough County by the numbers


Did you know this about our County...


The median age


The number of School District employees


Percent high school graduate or higher

Check out all of the latest Facts & Figures, including population, employment, education, housing and more.

Public Participation Plan Update
MPO announces 45-day public comment period

The MPO is updating its Public Participation Plan (PPP), with a Public Review and Comment Period open until a Public Meeting to be held: intense discussion about future alternatives for Hillsborough County


Tuesday, February 4, 2014 

at 9:00 a.m.

2nd Floor, County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa


The Hillsborough County MPO is committed to meaningful public engagement throughout the transportation planning process.  The PPP specifies how the MPO achieves this through public notice requirements for public meetings, internet access and other public engagement strategies as well as measuring results (such as plan changes resulting from public comment).


Become a transportation advisor!
Citizen volunteers advise the MPO Board

The Hillsborough MPO currently has openings on its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). CAC members are volunteers who meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. to provide citizen perspective on community needs while evaluating long-range transportation proposals and recommending solutions to the MPO Board.


The MPO CAC currently has openings for representatives of the Hispanic and African American communities, as well as persons under age 30, women, neighborhood organizations and the business community. This is an opportunity for you to have a direct impact on creating a better future for your community and all of Hillsborough County! 


Apply online


There are also vacancies for citizen representatives on the Bicycle / Pedestrian Advisory Committee.



Issue 13 | December 2013
In this issue
Happy New Year!

Together, we'll be planning
on a brighter future for
generations to come in...
Happy New Year!
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:
  • December 24, 2013 
  • December 25, 2013 
  • January 1, 2014
  • January 20, 2014   

Imagine Hillsborough 2040

The Imagine 2040 Vision is currently under development based on your input!

Initial summaries have been posted and full reports and a hybrid vision map are forthcoming in early 2014. Stay tuned!

Take a survey
SouthShore Areawide Systems Plan Update survey
Live, work, or play in the SouthShore area? We're updating the SouthShore Areawide Systems Plan. Take the SouthShore Survey.
In accordance with Title VI ofthe 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.  Read more about the our commitment to non-discrimination and other requirements.