~Future of the Region Awards honors Pasco County projects and people~
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL- Pasco County was well represented as the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council hosted the Future of the Region Awards in St. Petersburg today. The event was held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.
For the first time in the history of the 22-year awards program, Pasco County was honored with winning both The One Bay Award and The Charles A. McIntosh, Jr. Award of Distinction, for The Harbors, West Market Redevelopment/Infill Plan. These are the two highest awards handed out each year.
The McIntosh award recognizes outstanding achievement in the community, salutes Charles A. McIntosh who dedicated a major portion of his life to improving the quality of life in the Tampa Bay region.
The One Bay Regional Vision Award has drawn upon thousands of citizens to create a shared regional vision to plan where future population and employment growth should occur based upon responsible land use, mobility, economic and environmental sustainability.
Retired Pasco County Commissioner Anne Hildebrand also won the prestigious Herman W. Goldner Award for Regional Leadership. The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of regional cooperation, dedication to his/her community and notable achievement in encouraging future vision. The award is named after former St. Petersburg Mayor and founder of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Herman W. Goldner.
Pasco County was also represented well in the following categories:
Community Service Award
- Second Place/Won by The Beth Dillinger Foundation
- Honorable Mention/Hacienda Hotel Community Clean-up Project honored the
City of New Port Richey
Cultural, Sports, Recreation Award
- Second Place/Starkey Ranch District Park honored Pasco County BOCC, District School Board of Pasco County and Wheelock Communities
o Second Place/ Tri-County Trail Connection Study honored Pinellas and Pasco Counties for linking the Pinellas trail to the Starkey and Suncoast trails.
o Honorable Mention/The Urban Agriculture Program honored the City of New Port Richey.
The Future of the Region Awards Program provides honor and recognition for notable achievement in the public and private sector for resource planning and management in the Tampa Bay region. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning council’s mission in recognizing excellence is to encourage future vision and cooperation within the regional community.
For a brochure on the 22nd Annual Future of the Region Awards – 2014 click on the following link: http://www.tbrpc.org/events/for/2014/pdf/FOR22program2014.pdf
For more information on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the Future of the Region Awards go to the following link: http://www.tbrpc.org/events/for.shtml