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

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


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

Plant City, FL, United States

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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."




Mr. Hudson went on to discuss three steps to forming an Action Plan.




  • Step 1 – Have a clear understanding of what is the vision and what is most valued by the community and its leadership

  • Step 2 – Break those values down is simple terms

  • Step 3 - Always remind the leadership and the community about their adopted vision



Jake Austin

Confirmed Speaker

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 Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Jake moved to Florida to continue his career in economic development. He joined the Tampa ... Read More

Martin Hudson

Confirmed Speaker

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 to Temple Terrace, Martin was the Long Range Project Manager for Castle Rock, Colorado ... Read More