Economic Development | What’s up in Plant City & Temple Terrace

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
noon - 1 p.m. EDT

Tampa , FL, United States

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 Jake Austin will highlight the development opprtunities through working closely with partners, and teaching how to easily develop improvements with the right partnerships. Martin Hudson shares action plans implemented making mixed use a reality in the small city of Temple Terrace. He'll present 3 main steps to forming a wildly successful Action Plan for your community, including (1) having a clear understanding of what is the vision and what is most valued by the community and its leadership; (2) breaking those values down in simple terms; (3) reminding the leadership and community about their adopted vision.



 The Spring Info BBQ highlighted economic development in Hillsborough County's smaller cities. The first guest speaker, Jake Austin - President and CEO of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation, highlighted the many development opportunities in the pipeline for Plant City. Working closely with their partners - the City of Plant City, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, and Plant City Main Street, the EDC is welcoming extensive development in Midtown, Northeast Plant City, and along County Line Road. Mr. Austin went on to discuss the important of permit ready vacant developable land.  Showcasing the many areas located in the City and the varied economic generators that have developed or could easily develop with the right partner.

Martin Hudson -Redevelopment Director for the City of Temple Terrace, talked about the advantages of being a close neighbor to University of South Florida and strategies to promote Temple Terrace as the 'Gateway to Innovation.' The City’s action plan focuses on the value of making vision a reality when it comes to mixed use development. "When businesses are deciding where to locate, the main questions asked today are proximity to transit, trails and fitness centers," said Marty Hudson. "Our region will have to up our game, if we want to retain and attract the best and the brightest."





Jake Austin

Confirmed Speaker

Jake Austin, President &CEO 110 W Reynolds St., Suite 202 Plant City, FL 33563 M: 863.712.0655 After six years as a Staff Sergeant for the United States Air Force, Jake attended Western Kentucky University. With experience working for both the State of Kentucky and the ... Read More

Martin Hudson

Confirmed Speaker

Martin Hudson City of Temple Terrace Redevelopment Director 813.506.6484 Martin Hudson’s career has been focused on city planning and urban development with a degree in Urban Affairs from Indiana University. He currently is the Redevelopment Director for the City of Temple Terrace. Before coming ... Read More