This year marks the 25th annual Future of the Region awards hosted by The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to honor and recognize notable achievements in innovative regional planning. The Future of the Region Awards event highlights projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community. The Council’s mission in recognizing excellence is to encourage future vision and collaboration among our communities and local governments.

As we embark on our 55th year as a Regional Planning Council, we will continue to strive to help shape our region as a vibrant, exciting place that maximizes transportation solutions, preserves the natural environment, fosters emergency preparedness and uses our diversity as a strength to create economic opportunities for all. Competitive entries are received from all over the Tampa Bay Region from both government agencies & the private sector. Over 200 people were on hand to celebrate the 25th Annual Future of the Region Awards on Friday, April 28th, 2017 at the Hilton Carillon Park Hotel in St. Petersburg.