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Meet the Administrator

Nicole B. Travis

 Early 2022, Mayor Jane Castor appointed Nicole Travis as administrator of the vastly diverse and complex Development & Economic Opportunity portfolio. From planning for Tampa’s long-term future and exponential growth, to tourism, construction, affordable housing, and much more, Travis wears many hats to help our city, residents, and businesses thrive. Under her leadership, talented teams of professionals walk the delicate balance of protecting Tampa’s history, while also paving the way for new chapters in its story.

The City of Tampa is the county seat and largest city in Hillsborough County and is the third-most populous city in Florida. Approximately one-third of Hillsborough County's population resides in the City of Tampa. 

The City of Tampa is the economic hub of west central Florida. Its economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, health care, finance, insurance, technology, construction, and maritime industry. 

The City of Tampa is experiencing unprecedented growth in both development and population. The challenge for any local government experiencing growth is to manage it effectively and ensure that prosperity is shared equally across all its communities. To achieve these goals, in 2019 newly-elected Mayor Jane Castor worked to develop a 5-part vision for Tampa’s future.

Tampa’s Development and Economic Opportunity portfolio is the centerpiece of several aspects of the T3 Plan, including Development Services and Housing Affordability. The blueprint has been drawn and the work ahead will be sharply focused, yet deliberatively inclusive and collaborative. The long-term goal is a City that thrives and provides for all its residents and is positioned to continue to grow and prosper. Those goals are never more sharply in focus than now, while the City is faced with daunting challenges around keeping its citizens safe while restoring its economy.


Updated: 02/14/2023