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Mayor Jane Castor Reflects on First Year in Office

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On May 1st, 2019, Mayor Jane Castor took the oath of office to become Tampa’s 59th Mayor. One year later, she is reflecting the major strides Tampa has taken together as a community, even in times of hardships like the global COVID-19 crisis.

During this difficult time for our city, Mayor Castor delivers a message of hope--reflecting on all that Tampa has accomplished over the last year, and looks forward to a brighter future ahead as we overcome this challenging time together.  

“As a lifelong resident, it has been my greatest honor to lead our city over the past year. We’ve already made major strides towards Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow, and this is just the beginning,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “Even now as we face this global COVID-19 crisis, I have never been more hopeful for our city’s future. Because if there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that Tampa has grit. We still have roads to pave, big dreams to fulfill, and unforgettable memories to make together.”

Some of Mayor Jane Castor’s accomplishments during her first year in office include:

  • Establishing the top priorities for Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow (transportation, development services, housing affordability, workforce development, and sustainability)

  • Passing the first budget starting in the black since the great recession

  • Creating new community events and traditions like Boom by the Bay and the New Yarrgh’s Eve Booty Drop

  • Declaring Tampa as a Vision Zero city to support the mission of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and creating safer streets for all

  • Launching the Bridges to Business vendor certification tour to help small business owners learn how to become certified and work with the City

  • Issuing an executive order recognizing LGBT businesses as part of the City’s Women and Minority Owned Businesses Program

  • Passing P.I.P.E.S. the largest water/wastewater infrastructure renewal plan in the City’s history to replace Tampa’s aging pipes

  • Raising the minimum wage for city employees to $15/hr

  • Launching Intersection of Innovation to engage Tampa’s innovative community

  • Announcing the One Tampa: Relief Now, Rise Together Fund, offering rent, mortgage, and essential utility assistance to individuals and small businesses most-impacted by the COVID-19 crisis

Watch Mayor Jane Castor’s One Year in Office video here: