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  • Dena Gross Leavengood
    From: CreativeTampaBay newsletter@creativetampabay.com Subject: CreativeTampaBay Buzz 06.02.08 http://www.creativetampabay.com/newsletter CREATIVES SPEAK UP!
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2008
      Subject: CreativeTampaBay Buzz 06.02.08

      One Bay, It’s Time to Voice Your Opinion
      By Dena Leavengood
      Co-Host and facilitator, Tomorrow Matters!

      Over the past year, One Bay—a regional planning effort to involve the community in shaping growth and development of Tampa Bay by 2050—has collected data from over 1,000 community leaders and citizens. This data was synthesized into preliminary scenarios describing Tampa Bay’s growth in preparation for additional community input. On June 2, Tomorrow Matters! will host the first in a series of community-wide forums that invite citizens to give their input on the scenarios.

      Tomorrow Matters!, a grassroots coalition of citizens, organizations, business and government working together to build a more livable, sustainable community and region in the Tampa Bay area, invites the public to a One Bay Town Hall Meeting on June 2. One Bay Town Hall Meetings will be held simultaneously in five locations throughout the region from 5-8 p.m. (5 p.m. refreshments and open house displays, 6-8 p.m. presentation and opportunity to comment).

      This campaign is called Voice It!, and it will give citizens many opportunities over a six week period to view the draft scenarios and provide input in the form of survey comments. If you can’t attend the June 2 meetings, you can review the presentation in person, in print, online, on television, or on a DVD. These options will be made available after June 2.

      Why participate? Because your comments count! Follow the process of information collection and learn how your feedback affects the next step of visioning a regional framework by receiving regular One Bay e-mail updates and visiting www.myOneBay.com. Thoughts and ideas collected from the participants of the June 2 kickoff, and in subsequent viewings, will provide important new information to include in creating a draft regional framework from the scenarios. Your input will strengthen and enhance the regional visioning process and result in a more balanced and valuable outcome for the region as a whole.

      Encourage everyone you know to participate. Include your family and friends, neighbors and coworkers, community groups and houses of worship, fellow shoppers and commuters, schoolmates and walking partners, etc., to join you in assuring a better future for all of us!

      Tampa Bay Community Network (www.tbcn.org) will record the One Bay Town Hall Meeting hosted at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa. This recording will be broadcast on all seven counties’ public and government access television channels, streamed online and distributed on DVD.

      This new model for community outreach and citizen engagement, while still in its infancy, offers a huge opportunity to influence the One Bay process and outcome, as well as our regional transportation plan (TBARTA), each county’s 2050 visioning efforts, and community emergency preparedness and other issues. Future efforts will expand and enhance the capabilities of this process, adding additional multiple levels of interaction and input, including IP videoconferencing and live webcasting. Community colleges and universities will play an ever more valuable role as public resources for convening a powerful new form of citizen engagement that reaches out to all levels of our community and region.

      One Bay is a diverse partnership of private and public leaders from environmental, planning, business and economic development all aligned to facilitate a regional visioning process with the goal to achieve a sustainable, high-quality community now and into the future. The leadership behind the One Bay effort is an equal partnership of five regional organizations: Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Partnership Regional Research & Education Foundation and Urban Land Institute Tampa Bay District Council.

      Tomorrow Matters! is a grassroots coalition of citizens, organizations, business and government working together to balance natural, social and economic systems; and building a livable, sustainable Tampa Bay region. We are connectors, conduits, and catalysts for positive community change. Learn what's happening in the region – issues, events and action - and share information and resources. Everyone’s invited. Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TomorrowMatters-TampaBay.

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