It’s Time for a Quadrennial Check-Up & We Need Your Help

We want to hear your thoughts on the things that you think we are doing well as an agency and areas where you think we could improve. What things could we be doing to add more value to you? Are there areas where you think we are doing a great job? 

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Every metropolitan area in the nation has a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) to help guide investments in its transportation network. As both the Pinellas Planning Council and the MPO for Pinellas County, Forward Pinellas is responsible for prioritizing transportation projects, helping to determine the need for those projects, and guiding land use decisions in Pinellas.  This includes projects like repairing sidewalks, adding bikeways and trails, building highways, improving transit and using technology to make travel safer and more efficient.

With this role comes great responsibility to ensure that we do it right. As an agency that focuses on both transportation and land use, Forward Pinellas has a lot of different rules and laws governing how we conduct our day-to-day business. While the land use side of our agency is regulated by state law, the transportation work that we do is governed by both state and federal regulations. 

There are a lot of rules and regulations that Forward Pinellas must follow to ensure that we are spending federal funding appropriately, properly vetting all transportation projects that may ultimately receive funding, and in general, are being responsible stewards of the resources invested in Pinellas County.  

Every four years, a team of experts from the federal government do a comprehensive evaluation of our agency. This process is referred to as our Federal Certification, where the experts ‘certify’ that Forward Pinellas continues to meet the requirements of being an MPO. This process began in October with an overall audit of the agency and will culminate in a virtual site visit in January 2021. During this visit the Federal Review Team can ask questions and gather more in-depth information on how we carry out the planning process. This is also an opportunity for Forward Pinellas to highlight some of the things we are doing to make a difference in our community and some of the things we’d like to do in the future.

In order to prepare for our Certification, Forward Pinellas has been gathering lots of technical and operating documents to show the Federal Review Team how we operate as an agency.

We want to hear your thoughts on the things that you think we are doing well as an agency and areas where you think we could improve. What things could we be doing to add more value to you? Are there areas where you think we are doing a great job? 

Take this quick, 5-question survey to tell us how we’re doing:

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The results from this survey will help us determine our planning practices and priorities in the future. In addition, every four years, Forward Pinellas undergoes a certification process to ensure we’re meeting federal requirements and are being responsible stewards of the resources invested in Pinellas County. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will conduct the Forward Pinellas 2020 certification review on January 28, 2021 and will use your feedback in their assessment.