Public Invited to Meeting in Hillsborough County Tomorrow to Discuss Transportation and Economic Development part 1

08/05/13 Robert Lorei
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Public Forum Being Held To Discuss Transportation For Economic Development In Hillsborough County

According to a press release from Hillsborough County government: Hillsborough County will host the first in a series of public forums to gain input as part of a community-wide effort to foster job creation and retention through strategic investments in transportation. The first public forum will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. at County Center, 26th floor, Conference Rooms A and B. County Center is located at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.

The Transportation for Economic Development in Hillsborough County initiative will develop a roadmap for transportation improvements to enhance the community’s ability to successfully compete in the economic marketplace. A Policy Leadership Group comprised of the mayors of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace; Hillsborough County Commissioners; and the Chair of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is meeting monthly to identify where, what and how to pay for transportation improvements that will stimulate jobs. Through a parallel path, these monthly public forums allow the community to consider the same information and provide valuable feedback to policymakers."

Here to talk about tomorrow's meeting is Tim Heberlein from the Florida Consumer Action Network and Phil Compton from the Sierra Club.

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Thanks to Rob for devoting an hour to the topic of transportation in Hillsborough Co. & Tampa Bay. Here is an article by the TB Times Robert Triguax discussing the report I cited by the Center for Housing Policy that shows we spend the highest % of household income for median income families here than anywhere else in U.S: 35%. Being totally dependent on cars + high auto insurance rates due to our dangerous, congested streets will do that. See you at the County Center Tues. @ 6 pm. http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/tampa-bay-housing-transportation-costs-consume-areas-low-wages/1257402



Two articles to follow from tonight's meeting: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/at-hillsborough-transportation-forum-speakers-but-not-decisionmakers/2135182 and http://tbo.com/news/politics/hillsborough-transportation-forum-features-familiar-divide-20130806/