On April 16, leaders from across Tampa Bay will meet to
discuss sustainable growth. One Bay, the group hosting the meeting, has
deemed the event the Congress of Regional Leaders.
The One Bay
Communities Initiative is a "regional visional process" that grew from
the Tampa Bay
Partnership Regional Research and Education Foundation.
committed to long-term thinking and planning to make the seven counties
that comprise the Tampa Bay region a thriving and sustainable mega
region by the year 2050. The counties included in the initiative are
Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota.
The April 16 meeting is a culmination of polls, surveys and
workshops that resulted from the Reality Check of 2007. The data
collected indicates a need and desire for a more proactive and
deliberate approach to planning.
we looked at the data, it was interesting because there were common
guiding principles across transit, water and environmental areas,"
explains Betty Carlin, a spokesperson for the Tampa Bay Partnership.
"It's telling us these are the things that people think are important.
People really don't want to see growth happen as it has in the past. We
want to do it differently. So now we have to put community leaders
together to share the vision and make it happen."
Mahurin, chairman of SunTrust Bank and chair of One Bay, sees the
meeting as a celebrated outcome as well as an exciting launch.
"This event is a celebration of several years of great input
and hard work from across the community to develop a shared vision for
Tampa Bay. It is also a turning point for us to bring leaders back
together to begin planning how we can implement this vision."
The meeting will take place at the Tampa Convention
from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Source: Betty Carlin, Tampa Bay Partnership; Dan Mahurin, SunTrust