On November 13th the Tampa Bay RPC hosted AFTER THE STORM: A Forum to Develop a Legislative Action Plan for Recovery to on November 13th at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.  The Forum provided a venue for local elected officials and members of the Tampa Bay RPC to interact with local Emergency Management professionals, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration to identify legislative action items to assist communities during recovery after a major storm event.
At the request of our member governments, the Forum was designed to offer a venue for local government elected officials to share experiences or challenges faced before, during and after Hurricane Irma with a goal of developing initiatives for a legislative action plan that will be submitted to the Governor and the Bay Area Legislative Delegation (BALD) for consideration.
The Council recognizes the challenges Hurricane Irma presented to the Tampa Bay region and is desirous of assisting member governments by identifying specific needs that can be conveyed to the State Legislature as the Fiscal year 2018 budget is being developed.