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Technical Assistance for Implementing the Harbors Plan

Pasco County recently received a smart growth technical assistance (SGTA) grant from Smart Growth America, a national leader and advocate for building great communities. We are one of the 18 communities in the U.S. to have received this  prestigious grant. The grant included a two-day event sponsored through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities.

To learn more about the program you can watch the webinar provided by Smart Growth America at:

Smart Growth Workshop
The two-day workshop was held on July 30th and 31st. The event involved a tour of the Harbors, presentations by the smart growth team, presentation by the Florida State University's studio team, facilitated discussions, and group work sessions.

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The following are the agenda, flyer, press release and presentation for the workshop that was held in July:

        Agenda for the smart growth event in July.

Flyer for the smart growth presentation

        Press release for the smart growth event

        Smart growth presentation

Next Steps

The following is the final smart growth findings and recommendations report that was created at the end of the two-day smart growth technical assistance workshop:

Smart Growth Findings and Recommendations

This next-steps memo or recommendations outline the main ideas that were generated during the workshop and the critical next steps for the Harbors implementation.  

        Smart Growth Assistance Website - Pasco County Project Page

The Two-Day Smart Growth Assistance Workshop that was held in July:
Workshop 1:  July 30, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm @ SMARTstart Incubator NPR
Workshop 2:  July 31, 2014 from 8:30am - 3:00pm @ SMARTstart Incubator NPR - Presentation PowerPoint

Progress Reports
Per the Memorandum of Understanding Pasco County shall provide Smart Growth America with a progress report describing the implementation of any strategies or programs arising from the technical assistance.  Progress reports will be submitted at one month, six month and twelve month intervals after SGA's next steps memorandum
Progress Report - 1 Month - (10/24/2014)
Progress Report - 6 Month - (03/28/2015)
Progress Report - 12 Month - (09/28/2015)

                                Thank you once again for participating in this effort!

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Want to learn more about Smart Growth America and other communities that have benefited this assistance?
The smart growth technical assistance grant has successfully helped a number of communities throughout the U.S. These include the City of Fairfax, VA; Charlotte, NC; Gwinnett County, GA; and Queensbury, NY. The County recently adopted the Harbors Plan and the County's first Economic Development Plan.The guidance received through the two-day workshop and the 'Next Steps' report prepared following the workshop, will be critical in moving these plans forward and executing the strategies identified within them. It will identify critical actions, and help develop the framework required to leverage resources, build partnerships, and set priorities.

Learn about some of the communities that have previously received this assistance:

Smart Growth America is a national non-profit organization that offers these competitive techncial assistance grants to communities throughout the U.S. Demand for this program is very high nationwide. These grants focus on twelve different Smart Growth Tools that help support local businesses, revitalize neighborhoods, and create vibrant, walkable communities. Pasco County specifically applied for the Smart Growth Tools:  Planning for Economic and Fiscal Health.

Learn more about the smart growth team that assisted us: Bios of the smart growth experts.

Project Contact:

Smita Ambadi, AICP, LEED-AP
Senior Planner
, Planning and Development
Phone: 727-847-2411 Ext. 7979