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The City of Tampa is now accepting applications from residents to serve on a non-partisan board that will advise the Mayor and other officials on how to best implement development projects. In 2023, City Council approved the Community Benefits…
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Mayor Jane Castor today announced the coming departure of our Administrator of Development and Economic Opportunity, Nicole Travis. Travis, who has been in the leadership role since January 2022, will transition to start her own consulting firm…
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A snapshot of Tampa's evolving and growing economy is now available at the click of a button. The City of Tampa has launched its first interactive online tool where stakeholders can view the general economic environment of the region in real-time.…
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As housing affordability remains a top issue for residents and those hoping to move to the area, the City of Tampa is taking major steps to address long-term housing development and preservation. With historic levels of investment from the City of…
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Six years after it launched its project to bring affordable homes to our community, the City of Tampa will unveil the third phase of its Infill Housing Program. Eighteen lots will be awarded during Phase III, including some for multi-family housing…
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The City of Tampa is excited to welcome Javier Marin as its new Director of Economic Opportunity. 

Serving within the Development and Economic Opportunity portfolio, led by Administrator Nicole Travis, the Director of Economic…
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Tampa Police Detectives are working to identify the female in this video. On March 18, two Blue-fronted Amazon parrots, Tito (15 years old) and Mama (20 years old), were stolen from the porch of a house near Epps Park in Seminole Heights. …
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From launching a new homeless shelter, to helping a woman who is losing her eyesight develop the life skills she needs to remain living in her home independently, Tampa's residents have benefited in countless ways from federal grant programs, such…
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HOPE COTTAGES UNVEILED   Tampa Hope is enhancing its sheltering services for people experiencing homelessness with the addition of 100 new, freestanding structures known as Hope Cottages™.

Over the past week, crews have been…
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CELEBRATE THE FUTURE OF ROME YARD TAMPA, Fla. (March 13, 2023) --  To embrace the brewing excitement surrounding West Tampa's transformational Rome Yard project, community members are invited to attend a celebration at the future site of this…
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The City of Tampa has appointed Stephen Benson as Director of the City Planning Department. His appointment follows the retirement of long-time City Planner Randy Goers.

In this role, Benson will continue to lead the City’s comprehensive…
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The City of Tampa has been awarded nearly $2 million to put toward one of its affordable housing programs. 

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will distribute more…
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The City of Tampa announced another step in its march to provide more affordable housing across all communities.  

A Request for Proposal (RFP) has been released for a seven acre property located at the…
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Mayor Jane Castor is joined by City Council Chairman Orlando Gudes (left) and Darrick Fullwood (right), owner of AAA Restoration and Builders, LLC.   Local developers awarded city-owned lots to build affordable housing are breaking ground and…
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Watch the introductory video to the Tampa Office of Human Rights. 
At a time when securing and facilitating the creation of affordable housing options in the City of Tampa is of utmost importance, Mayor Jane Castor has joined the…
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PROTECTING TAMPA'S CANOPY THROUGH RESEARCH AND RESIDENT PARTICIPATION  The City of Tampa and the University of South Florida are conducting the fourth urban ecological analysis of Tampa's tree canopy, and for the first time, researchers have…
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CITY AND DEVELOPERS JOIN FORCES TO INCREASE TAMPA'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING Mayor Jane Castor's goal of facilitating the creation of 10,000 affordable homes by 2027 is making headway with the first of 17 affordable homes from Phase II of the City of…
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Starting today (June 21, 2022), the City of Tampa is launching a Housing Information Line, connecting people with housing resources, including avenues to avoid eviction, support in navigating landlord/tenant…
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HOMEOWNERSHIP EVENT TO HELP
HOME BUYERS NAVIGATE THE PROCESS
Amid an historically tight housing market, the City of Tampa is tackling the affordable housing crisis from every angle, including an upcoming Homeownership Event it will host…
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Committed to continuously improving its efficiency and delivering unmatched city services, the City of Tampa’s Development and Growth Management Construction Services division has formed the Construction Activity Compliance Team. 
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The City of Tampa's Housing & Community Development division is honored to be recognized by state housing leaders for its relentless efforts to help families become homeowners amid the housing crisis.  The Florida Housing Coalition named…
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Watch Video Always on the lookout for opportunities to improve its community-centric services, the City of Tampa's Construction Services division is excited to now offer virtual inspections for select projects.

Instead of…
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HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES RECEIVE RENTAL ASSISTANCE, MORE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY After processing hundreds of applications and contacting thousands of individuals on the waitlist, the City of Tampa is excited to enter a…
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With housing affordability, a central goal of the Jane Castor administration and City Council, the City of Tampa is creating a new team dedicated to helping individuals connect with critical housing services and resources. The City is launching a…
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East Tampa CRA Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Provide Funding for Roof Replacements in Highland Pines Neighborhood   In an ongoing effort to uplift its neighborhoods and help homeowners remain in their homes, the East Tampa Community…
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CITY OF TAMPA LAUNCHES TREE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN Reaching Homeowners,Tree-Trimming Business on Tree Removal, Trimming   In an effort to protect its valuable tree canopy, the City of Tampa is working to reach homeowners and tree-trimming…
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More people who are either homeless, or on the verge of homelessness, can receive rental assistance from the City of Tampa.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing (RUSH) program was created…
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On the heels of last week's Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness, the City of Tampa's Homeless Outreach Team is excited to share an update since its formation in 2021.  To provide a holistic approach to the affordable…
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Ybor City CRA Says “YES!” to National Firm for Enhanced Environmental Cleaning Services The Ybor City Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) is excited to announce the launch of the refreshed…
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Community members, Mayor Jane Castor, and the CRA board will take the next big step in the beautification and restoration of historic Ybor City with the unveiling of the East 7th Avenue Monument. This monument marks the east-end entrance of the…
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Community Members Invited to Share Input on West Tampa CRA Parking Study The West Tampa CRA includes the area roughly between the Hillsborough River, and Armenia Avenue, Columbus Drive, and Kennedy Boulevard, as shown in the map below. This Parking…
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In an effort to improve efficiency in the permitting process, Development and Growth Management's Construction Services will be hosting a specialized course for those interested in becoming certified private arborists.  Upon completion, the…
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Nicole B. Travis appointed to lead Development and Economic Opportunity   The City of Tampa announces the appointment of Nicole B. Travis to be Administrator of Development and Economic Opportunity, upon the departure of current…
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  Kayon Henderson, Manager of Housing and Community Development  The City of Tampa has appointed Kayon Henderson as Manager of Housing and Community Development. 

Her promotion follows a series of…