Issue 37 | December 2016

In celebration of the upcoming holidays...

Our offices will be closed as follows:

   Friday, December 23, 2016

   Monday, December 26, 2016

   Monday, January 2, 2017

   Monday, January 16, 2017

A Plan Hillsborough holiday tradition

For more than two decades, our staff has shared seasonal spirit through gift and song with the wonderful residents at Whispering Oaks. "It's a rewarding experience to be able to make a difference in people's lives at this special time of the year," said Greg Colangelo, who coordinates this long-standing tradition. We come bearing gifts fulfilling resident wish lists who may not otherwise receive anything. Often joined by members of our families, we roam the halls to spread holiday cheer. The residents are touched as they join us in songs of the season and even some spontaneous dancing! "This is one of my favorite things we do each year!" said Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director. Feliz Navidad!
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Thank you, Commissioner Benson!

We said farewell to Planning Commissioner Stephen Benson, AICP, at the Planning Commisssion's November 14 meeting. The first Millennial to ever serve on the Planning Commission, Mr. Benson expressed great appreciation for his time spent serving with his fellow Commissioners since 2013. Upon receiving "the largest plaque I've ever received" for exemplary service he said, "This is one of those defining points in your life where you really feel like you've done something good." We wish him continued success in his new role with the Florida Department of Transportation.

MPO and TDCB receive 2016 Outstanding Awards
At the 2nd Annual Joint Training Conference for the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) and the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD), the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) was doubly honored at the CTD Awards Banquet on December 14. We are proud to announce the MPO received:

Planning Agency 
of the Year
For going beyond their scope to assist the transportation disadvantaged in our community, working closely the our Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB), advocating and overcoming barriers
Outstanding Coordinating Board of the Year 
For their dedication, leadership, cost oversight, evaluation, handling of grievances, regional initiative, and excellent member participation, the Hillsborough TDCB is passionate to advocate for more and more convenient transportation for those who cannot provide transportation for themselves.

Save the Date and the Economics of Place on web

Save the date! On February 3, 2017, we hope you'll join us at noon for a 90-minute walking tour of our National Landmark District, Ybor City. Hosted by the Ybor City Development Corporation and featuring Wallace Reyes, PhD, the tour will highlight historic treasures, development updates, and the opportunity to sample some of the great local restaurants along the way. Look for more information in our January 2017 issue of Beyond Today.

In case you missed our November 14 Info BBQ, VHB's Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning - Brent A. Lacy, AICP and Project Manager, Urban Planning - Curtis M. Ostrodka, AICP, LEED AP, shared an in-depth look at how public realm investments can create a significant return on investment by creating great places. The Economics of Place explores how the built environment of great places spurs economic development and creates livable, sustainable communities through case studies from around the country.

View the Economics of Place Info BBQ

Hillsborough River Board celebrates 30 years

Created June 6, 1986 by the Laws of Florida Chapter 86-335, our Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board & Technical Advisory Council has received numerous accolades honoring their accomplishments planning for the environmental health of the Hillsborough River. Thank you to the Friends of the Hillsborough River for sponsoring our 30-Year Anniversary Boat Tour.

Tampa's new bike lane makes Top 10 for 2016!

Newly constructed Cass St. Cycle Track fall 2016
At our 34th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, the Cass and Tyler Streets One-way to Two-way conversion with a Two-way Cycle Track and Share-the-Road bicycle facilities received an Award of Excellence. The accolades just keep on coming, as placed this cycle track in the Top 10 of bike lane projects in the U.S. for 2016! Congratulations again to the City of Tampa!

America's best new bike lanes of 2016

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