Issue 42 | May  2017   
35th Annual Planning _ Design Awards

Entries due by August 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.!

Announcing our 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards
presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas 
The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 35th annual celebration
of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County. This awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring projects contributing to a better quality of life
in our community and serving as models to learn from and emulate.

Visit our event site for details

Save the date and plan to join us on October 19!
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Winners Announced 
T Pepin's Hospitality Centre | 4121 N 50th Street | Tampa

Brendan McLaughlin
Tampa Bay Times Reception | 6:15 p.m.  
Dinner & Presentation of Awards | 7:15 p.m. 

hosted by
Brendan McLaughlin

Winning the Future is on menu for June 1st Info BBQ
Bring your own brown bag lunch and join us on the 26th floor of County Center from at noon on June 1st for featured speaker David Haynes, Atlanta Regional Commission's Long Range Transportation Planning Manager. From autonomous and connected vehicles to our aging population to uncertainties surrounding climate change and funding, planners and elected officials are faced with enormous challenges in tying land use to the types and locations of transportation and other infrastructure investments that meet our needs today and into the future. Mr. Haynes will discuss ways the ARC has tackled planning for an uncertain future with gaming strategies. This event is FREE. Please RSVP to Sharon Snyder, 813.273.3774 x316View the Info BBQ flyer.
On April 28, the Planning Commission and City of Tampa were honored with First Place in the Community Preparedness category by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council at its 25th Annual Future of the Region Awards. The City of Tampa Peril of Flood Act Vulnerability Assessment identifies potential areas at risk, as well as population, facilities, and infrastructure that might be affected by sea level rise. For more information on this report, please contact Shawn College, 813.273.3774 x367.
There's a lot going on in Plant City
At the Plant City's May 22nd City Commission meeting, Planning Commission Executive Director Melissa Zornitta and Senior Planner Jay Collins made a presentation highlighting many joint ventures with Plan Hillsborough. Among the highlights:

Plan Hillsborough highlighted at NPC17
The American Planning Association held its National Planning Conference (NPC17) in New York City. "Planning in Motion" was the theme for NPC17 that included educational opportunities on a myriad of exciting new trends, challenges, and solutions shaping the future of planning. We are very proud not only for the Imagine 2040 Comprehensive Plans for the Cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City being recognized by APA's Sustainable Communities Division, but also for having Melissa Zornitta, Melissa Dickens, and Wade Reynolds be presenting panelists. Rumor has it, podcasts are coming soon. We'll keep you posted.

Plan Hillsborough teams up for Women Build
On April 27th, Plan Hillsborough staff donned their hard hats to  make a difference for a very special family in Temple Terrace. Guided by professional carpenters, our staff was able to help build a home as part of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program. "Being part of Women Build was a great experience, and the entire team enjoyed working on the site and learned quite a bit about homebuilding, said Team Captain Tatiana Gonalez. "It feels good to know we contributed to the future well-being of the Cowen family who will soon have a place to call home."

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