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Introducing Advantage Pinellas: Engage. Adapt. Connect.

How do you think we should solve the transportation and land development issues of today and tomorrow? Forward Pinellas is partnering with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to launch Advantage Pinellas – a strategic plan to improve mobility and economic opportunity countywide – and we need your feedback. Advantage Pinellas is Forward Pinellas’s new Long… Read more »

Latest Transportation Improvement Program Plans for Next Five Years of Projects

We know transportation plans can take a long time to become a reality. When you read about bridges being built 10 years from now, it can feel like an eternity away as you sit in traffic. One of the core documents Forward Pinellas produces each year in its role as the metropolitan planning organization is… Read more »

Serving a Growing Local Need with Urban Agriculture

Across the country, demand is growing for healthy, local, sustainable, and safe food, and Pinellas County is no exception. Urban farming – whether in the form of a community garden, rooftop garden, vertical garden, or a hydroponic system – is a way to grow food locally, but it comes with challenges. Local and state regulations… Read more »

Help Us Create a Cultural Corridor Along Alternate U.S. 19

When you think of Alternate U.S. 19 in North Pinellas County, do you think of vibrant arts and cultural destinations? If you don’t already, we think you will soon. Forward Pinellas and Creative Pinellas, the county’s designated arts agency, are working together to create a Cultural Corridor linking destinations along Alternate U.S. 19 from Largo to… Read more »

Master Plan Effort to Revitalize and Connect Gateway Area Kicks Off

An unprecedented partnership effort launched this past week to transform transportation and development in Pinellas County’s economic center, the Gateway/Mid-County Area. The Gateway Master Plan is a collaborative effort led by Forward Pinellas, the countywide land use and transportation planning agency, along with funding partners Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Largo, the… Read more »

The rising tide: Adapting our coastal communities to a changing climate

Pinellas County is regarded by many—justifiably—as a coastal paradise. But last year’s run-in with Hurricane Irma reminded us all that life on the coast has its dangers, too. With global temperatures steadily warming, research suggests that hurricanes are growing stronger and waters are rising higher. Communities need to plan their future growth carefully to keep… Read more »

Finding the Missing Middle – An Opportunity to Complete the Spectrum of Housing Options in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay housing market is underserved in providing affordable housing options for residents, and that trend is expected to grow. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Tampa Bay region had the fourth highest population growth in the country for 2016. Additionally, 39 percent of Pinellas County households are considered cost-burdened by the Department… Read more »

New report offers snapshot of transportation in Pinellas County

Is traffic congestion getting better or worse in Pinellas County? How many people are using the Pinellas Trail? Are the streets getting safer for pedestrians? If you’ve ever asked questions like these—or just wanted to know more about the current state of transportation —the Countywide Trends and Conditions Report for Pinellas County is for you…. Read more »