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acronyms What exactly are people talking about when they are told you need  to go to "CSC" to get information on the  "LDC"?  Well, this page will provide you with the answers to those and other questions.  This is a listing of the acronyms most commonly used by City Employees!

If you know of a City of Tampa acronym we missed, please let us know.

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INITIALS WHAT IT MEANS MORE INFO
AAP
Affirmative Action Plan There are specific conditions for which an Affirmative Action Plan is required.
ARC
Architectural Review Commission The ARC is responsible for reviewing development within a historic district. 
ATU
Amalgamated Transit Union The people who represent some of our city employees
AWTP
Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant This is where our water is cleaned after being used by homes and businesses.
BBB
Better Business Bureau Where to go to check on a business.
BHD
Business and Housing Development BHD oversees every aspect of city  development.
BLC
Barrio Latino Commission This is the group  responsible for preserving the historic fabric of the Ybor District and maintaining its architectural integrity
BTS
Business Tax System Browse business tax receipts records online.
CAD
Computer Aided Design or
Computer Aided Dispatching (it means both!)
CAD helps our dispatchers get you help more quickly, and helps our engineers and drafters make drawings more precise!
CAFR
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report This is one of the many financial documents you can view on our site.
CBD
Central Business District The heart of the City.
CCNA
Consultants Competitive Negotiations Act Read the full CCNA Florida Statute.
CDBG
Community Development Block Grant Look in our Budget Highlights for more information.
CERCLA
Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act Commonly known as Superfund, this act was enacted by Congress on December 11, 1980
CERT
Community Emergency Response Team The Community Emergency Response Team program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.
CIP
Capital Improvement Project The big things the City spends money on.
CIT
Community Investment Tax This tax pays for all kinds of nice things for Hillsborough County residents.
COTU
City of Tampa Utilities COTU takes care of billing for utility services.  You can take care of many requests on-line!
COT
City of Tampa Tampa means "Sticks of Fire".  Learn more interesting Tampa Facts on our site!
CRA
Community Redevelopment Agency See the agendas for their meetings.
CSC (1 of 2)
Customer Service Center Where to go to request an action, ask a question, submit an opinion, make an online payment, obtain a form/application, or perform self research.
CSC (2 of 2)
Construction Services Center Where to go for all of your construction permit and inspection needs.
CTTV
City of Tampa Television A large assortment of interesting shows.  Check the schedule!
DEP
Department of Environmental Protection This group makes sure our environment is secure.
DPW
Department of Public Works This city department includes Parking and Fleet Maintenance.
 EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Our Personnel Division ensures we abide by these rules.
EMS
Emergency Management System This group makes sure everyone is ready when life and property are in immediate jeopardy
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions The Construction Services Center FAQ page is just one of many such pages you'll find on TampaGov.
FDLE
Florida Department of Law Enforcement FDLE prevents, investigates and solves crimes while protecting Florida's citizens and visitors.
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency This agency handles disaster preparedness and recovery on a national level.
FLAQ
Florida Aquarium Florida's vast landscape encompasses 58,560 square miles, 4,308 of which are water.  See many of the inhabitants here. 
FY
Fiscal Year The City's FY starts in October.
GAC
German American Club This historic building houses Central Cashiering, the Credit Department, Community Redevelopment, and Business License.
GIS
Geographic Information Systems GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place.
HART
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit This is the group which manages Tampa's public transportation.
HCC
Hillsborough Community College Founded in 1968, HCC is one of the largest of Florida's community college system.
HPC
Historic Preservation Commission HPC's mission is to recommend designations, conservation districts and historic districts
ITS
See T&I Formerly Information Technology Services, this group manages the City's information technology needs.  
LDC
Land Development Coordination This group makes sure that development goes by the rules!
MBD
Minority Business Development MBD promotes the participation and award of contracts to women and minority business enterprises.
MBE
Minority Business Enterprise The Minority Business Development Office promotes the participation and award of contracts to women and minority business enterprises.
MOSI
Museum of Science and Industry A fun place to go for kids of all ages!
MSA
Metropolitan Statistical Area The Tampa Bay Region, situated on the central west coast of Florida, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country
NPDES
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States.
OCC
Office of Cable Communication The people who oversee Cable TV!
OCH
Old City Hall The original!
R&F
Revenue and Finance This department looks out for the financial needs of the City.
RFB
Request for Bid Purchasing has its bid list online.
RFQ
Request for Quote Contract Administration handles RFQ's.
SBE
Small Business Enterprise This is a race and gender neutral program for small businesses.
STAR
South Tampa Area Reclaimed Project A way to help people conserve water - using reclaimed!
SWEEP
Solid Waste Enhanced Environment Program The S.W.E.E.P. for Cleaner Neighborhoods program strives to help keep Tampa's neighborhoods clean by providing citizens with a way to dispose of unwanted household items that are too large for normal collection. 
T&I
Technology and Innovation Plans for the future technology needs, creates strategic partnerships with other City departments and agencies, and leads process improvements that advance better, smarter, faster business decisions and innovative solutions based on dynamic core services. 
TBBBIC
Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation Provides technical and financial assistance to minority and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs.
TBPAC
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center TBPAC is located along the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa, and provides an environment for a wide variety of performances, concerts, and events
TCC
Tampa Convention Center A beautiful meeting facility in the heart of downtown Tampa!
TECO
Tampa Electric Company This is where the people of Tampa get their electric power.
TFR
Tampa Fire Rescue Dial  911 to reach TFR in an emergency, or (813) 242-5465 when it's not.
TGH
Tampa General Hospital One of the area hospitals which keep us healthy.
THA
Tampa Housing Authority This group takes care of public housing in Hillsborough County.
THAT
Tampa Has Acronyms Too! We don't really use this one - but hey!  It's fun anyway! 
THCVA
Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau The mission of the THCVB is to create vibrant growth for the Tampa Bay area by promoting developing and expanding a united visitor industry
TIA
Tampa International Airport Commonly referred to as TIA by locals, we are really TPA to airlines.
TIF
Tax Increment Financing A mechanism for using property taxes to stimulate investment in economically depressed areas.
TMA
Tampa Museum of Art TMA provides a broad range of art-related experiences for visitors of all ages.
TMOB
Tampa Municipal Office Building This is where many of the City's employees work.
TPA
Tampa International Airport Want to make reservations to see us?  Make sure you pick TPA, not TIA, as your destination!
TPD
Tampa Police Department You can reach TPD at 911 in an emergency, or at (813) 276-3200 when it's not.
TSA
Tampa Sports Authority TSA plans, develops, and maintains a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities for the Tampa Bay area.
USF
University of South Florida USF is one of the 20 largest universities in the nation, offering roughly 200 programs to more than 35,000 students.
UT
University of Tampa Offering more than 60 comprehensive areas of undergraduate study, UT provides students with a high level of academic excellence.
VRB
Variance Review Board Want to do something out of the ordinary with your property?  These are the people to see.
WMBE
 Women & Minority Business Enterprises The WMBE Program was established to provide women and minority businesses equal contract opportunities. This program is administered by the Minority Business Development Department.
WTP
Water Treatment Plant This is where water is treated before it goes to homes and businesses.
YCDC
Ybor City Development Corporation A not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to promote redevelopment in the Ybor City Area
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