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CTTV's Newest Program Highlights Redevelopment Areas

CTTV's Newest Program First Look at Tampa's RedevelopmentCity of Tampa Television (CTTV) has recently introduced First Look at Tampa’s Redevelopment to its line-up. First Look showcases the significant private and public sector investments that are shaping Tampa’s redeveloping communities, focusing on the City's Community Redevelopment Areas (CRA).

A CRA is created when the governing body finds one or more areas within the city with conditions that have the need for rehabilitation. Tampa’s CRAs include Downtown, the Channel District, Drew Park, East Tampa, Ybor City, Tampa Heights Riverfront and Central Park. Investments in these areas are funded, in part, through Tax Increment Financing dollars - property taxes that are collected from each designated area and then reinvested back into that community.

"The show covers a tremendous amount of activity," said Michael Hatchett, Urban Development Manager and one of the executive producers of the show. "We are talking about Community Redevelopment Areas - areas that, on their own, would most likely not attract a lot of private investment. We work to create an environment within each CRA to make them more appealing to the development community. Our show tells the story of how this happens and the many benefits that result."

On the debut episode of First Look at Tampa’s Redevelopment, host Cathy Unruh takes you on a tour of the Downtown and East Tampa neighborhoods to see the progress occurring in these communities. Along the way, she talks with many of the people responsible for making these neighborhoods more attractive, safe, convenient, environmentally healthy, and economically strong.

First Look at Tampa’s Redevelopment can be seen on City of Tampa Television, Verizon FiOS channel 15 and Bright House Networks channel 615 throughout Hillsborough County on Sundays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Fridays at 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

Fire Scholarship Program

Tampa Fire Rescue is proud to announce the successful completion of basic training for the recent class of Fire Scholarship students. The department conducted a graduation ceremony for the nine students at the Tampa Firefighters' Museum in August. With dozens of family members and friends in attendance the students received their certificates of completion from Fire Chief Dennis Jones and Learey Technical Center Principal Paula Clark.

Fire Scholarship ProgramThe Fire Scholarship program provides tuition assistance and a small stipend to a select group of applicants. During their time in the program, the scholarship students attend an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program taught at Learey Technical Center. After successfully completing the EMT program, the students begin at the Tampa Fire Academy where they spend several weeks gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to become a State of Florida certified firefighter.

For more information about the next Tampa Fire Scholarship Program contact the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance at (813) 930-7500.

Students and TFR Head Back to School

When students in Hillsborough County started back to school, Tampa Fire Rescue B-shiftStudents and TFR Head Back to School crews joined them. However, while the students continued onto their classrooms, TFR crews were stationed near school crosswalks in an effort to remind drivers to slow down in school zones.

The crews, with banner in hand, arrived at schools before the opening bells to greet students and parents and wave to motorists. This is the second year that Tampa firefighters and paramedics reported to school on opening day to help spread the safety message.

MySpace or Crime Space

The Tampa Police Department is using the popular networking site MySpace to help solve crimes. The site gives detectives a way to reach over 185 millionTampa Police Department - MySpace or Crime Space people, most between the ages of 14 and 34. MySpace visitors can view unsolved crime videos and pictures and pass along anonymous information to the department.

Today’s youth are less likely to watch traditional news coverage, so MySpace is the perfect outlet to seek the public’s help. In fact, the Chicago Police Department solved a homicide by posting surveillance video on MySpace.

School Resource Officers will distribute flyers about the department’s MySpace throughout the high schools. Whether the students choose to befriend us or not, they will be able to view unsolved crime information. They can contact police anonymously about crimes or ask police related questions.

You can visit Tampa Police Department’s MySpace page at*

*You cannot access MySpace accounts from your City of Tampa workstation.


“Mayor’s Book Talk” Welcomes Legal Thriller Writer James Sheehan

Mayor's Book Talk LogoMayor Pam Iorio’s guest on the September episode of  "Mayor’s Book Talk" is legal-thriller author and seasoned St. Petersburg trial lawyer, James Sheehan. The two discuss Sheehan’s newest fast-paced novel, The Law of Second Chances. The book is about Jack Tobin, a retired civil trial lawyer who has agreed to take on the case of a Death Row inmate after discovering that cancer is about to cut his own life short.

The mayor’s book discussion group talks about Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull. Fablehaven is the New York Times best selling series about a mystical refuge for magical creatures. In Rise of the Evening Star, Fablehaven is in grave danger, as an ancient organization is determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. The theft could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Students can read along by logging onto for discussion questions and upcoming book selections.

Iorio also talks with Carla Jimenez from Inkwood Books, a popular South Tampa bookstore, about some of today’s most engaging and current reading selections.

After a season on “Mayor’s Book Talk,” Iorio also says goodbye to her first book discussion group. In October, the mayor will welcome a brand new group of fifth grade students from Rampello Downtown Partnership School to the show.

“Mayor’s Book Talk” can be viewed on City of Tampa Television (CTTV), Channel 15 on Verizon FiOS and Channel 615 on Bright House Networks. Replay times for “Mayor’s Book Talk” are Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Mondays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. You can also watch "Mayor's Book Talk" on demand online in the Video/Media Library at

Tampa Police Department's New Addition

Tampa Police Department's New AdditionIn April, M&I Bank donated $8,000 to the K-9 Units of the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The Tampa Police Department used the money to purchase Mattie, a 15-week-old bloodhound, named for M&I’s mascot.

Mattie will be trained to track criminals and search for missing persons. She will hit the streets with her handler, Sergeant Eric Ward, in the next few months.

New Customer Resource Unveiled

New Customer Resource UnveiledSolid Waste, Stormwater, Water and Wastewater teamed up to provide a new informational brochure display for the Central Cashiering Office located at 2105 North Nebraska Avenue. In addition to the brochures on flooding, recycling, and water conservation, the new display includes color posters to promote the departments’ programs and initiatives. Over 25,000 City of Tampa utility bills are paid in person at the Nebraska location each month.


What's that Tag?

New hydrant tagging systemThis spring the Tampa Water Department implemented a tagging program that allows both the public and City employees to confirm the inspection status of fire hydrants and other key assets. Water Department representatives will record their initials and the date that an inspection was completed on the tag attached to the hydrant. This tagging program is another example of the Tampa Water Department’s commitment to keeping the public informed.

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