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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INITIALSWHAT IT MEANSMORE INFO
AAP
Affirmative Action PlanThere are specific conditions for which an Affirmative Action Plan is required.
ARC
Architectural Review CommissionThe ARC is responsible for reviewing development within a historic district. 
ATU
Amalgamated Transit UnionThe people who represent some of our city employees
AWTP
Advanced Wastewater Treatment PlantThis is where our water is cleaned after being used by homes and businesses.
BBB
Better Business BureauWhere to go to check on a business.
BHD
Business and Housing DevelopmentBHD oversees every aspect of city  development.
BLC
Barrio Latino CommissionThis is the group  responsible for preserving the historic fabric of the Ybor District and maintaining its architectural integrity
BTS
Business Tax SystemBrowse 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 ReportThis is one of the many financial documents you can view on our site.
CBD
Central Business DistrictThe heart of the City.
CERCLA
Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability ActCommonly known as Superfund, this act was enacted by Congress on December 11, 1980
CERT
Community Emergency Response TeamThe Community Emergency Response Team program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.
CIT
Community Investment TaxThis tax pays for all kinds of nice things for Hillsborough County residents.
CMOB
Columbus Municipal Office Building3402 W. Columbus Drive
COTU
City of Tampa UtilitiesCOTU takes care of billing for utility services.  You can take care of many requests on-line!
COT
City of TampaTampa means "Sticks of Fire".  Learn more interesting Tampa Facts on our site!
CRA
Community Redevelopment AgencySee the agendas for their meetings.
CSC
Customer Service CenterWhere to go to request an action, ask a question, submit an opinion, make an online payment, obtain a form/application, or perform self research.
CTTV
City of Tampa TelevisionA large assortment of interesting shows.  Check the schedule!
DEP
Department of Environmental ProtectionThis group makes sure our environment is secure.
DSC
Development Service Center Where to go for one-stop shopping providing permits, plan review, and inspections for all residential and commercial construction projects within the City of Tampa.
 EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionOur Personnel Division ensures we abide by these rules.
EMS
Emergency Management SystemThis group makes sure everyone is ready when life and property are in immediate jeopardy
FAQ
Frequently Asked QuestionsThe Construction Services Center FAQ page is just one of many such pages you'll find on TampaGov.
FDLE
Florida Department of Law EnforcementFDLE prevents, investigates and solves crimes while protecting Florida's citizens and visitors.
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management AgencyThis agency handles disaster preparedness and recovery on a national level.
FY
Fiscal YearThe City's FY starts in October.
GAC
German American ClubThis historic building houses Central Cashiering, the Credit Department, Community Redevelopment, and Business License.
GIS
Geographic Information SystemsGIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place.
HART
Hillsborough Area Regional TransitThis is the group which manages Tampa's public transportation.
HCC
Hillsborough Community CollegeFounded in 1968, HCC is one of the largest of Florida's community college system.
HPC
Historic Preservation CommissionHPC's mission is to recommend designations, conservation districts and historic districts
ITS
See T&IFormerly Information Technology Services, this group manages the City's information technology needs.  
LDC
Land Development CoordinationThis group makes sure that development goes by the rules!
MBD
Minority Business DevelopmentMBD promotes the participation and award of contracts to women and minority business enterprises.
MBE
Minority Business EnterpriseThe Minority Business Development Office promotes the participation and award of contracts to women and minority business enterprises.
MOSI
Museum of Science and IndustryA fun place to go for kids of all ages!
MSA
Metropolitan Statistical AreaThe 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 SystemWater 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 CommunicationThe people who oversee Cable TV!
R&F
Revenue and FinanceThis department looks out for the financial needs of the City.
RFB
Request for BidPurchasing has its bid list online.
RFI
Request for InformationA request for information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
RFP
Request for ProposalA request for proposal (RFP) is a solicitation, made through a bidding process, by the city in procurement of a commodity, service or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals
RFQ
Request for QuoteContract Administration handles RFQ's.
SBE
Small Business EnterpriseThis is a race and gender neutral program for small businesses.
SWEEP
Solid Waste Enhanced Environment ProgramThe 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 InnovationPlans 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 CorporationProvides technical and financial assistance to minority and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs.
TBPAC
Tampa Bay Performing Arts CenterTBPAC 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 CenterA beautiful meeting facility in the heart of downtown Tampa!
TECO
Tampa Electric CompanyThis is where the people of Tampa get their electric power.
TFR
Tampa Fire RescueDial  911 to reach TFR in an emergency, or (813) 242-5465 when it's not.
TGH
Tampa General HospitalOne of the area hospitals which keep us healthy.
THA
Tampa Housing AuthorityThis group takes care of public housing in Hillsborough County.
THCVA
Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors BureauThe 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 AirportCommonly referred to as TIA by locals, we are really TPA to airlines.
TIF
Tax Increment FinancingA mechanism for using property taxes to stimulate investment in economically depressed areas.
TMA
Tampa Museum of ArtTMA provides a broad range of art-related experiences for visitors of all ages.
TMOB
Tampa Municipal Office BuildingThis is where many of the City's employees work.
TPA
Tampa International AirportWant to make reservations to see us?  Make sure you pick TPA, not TIA, as your destination!
TPD
Tampa Police DepartmentYou can reach TPD at 911 in an emergency, or at (813) 276-3200 when it's not.
TSA
Tampa Sports AuthorityTSA plans, develops, and maintains a comprehensive complex of sports and recreational facilities for the Tampa Bay area.
TSS
Transportation and Stormwater Services The Department of Transportation and StormwaterServices is primarily responsible for maintaining and building the City of Tampa’s stormwater and transportation infrastructure
USF
University of South FloridaUSF is one of the 20 largest universities in the nation, offering roughly 200 programs to more than 35,000 students.
UT
University of TampaOffering more than 60 comprehensive areas of undergraduate study, UT provides students with a high level of academic excellence.
VRB
Variance Review BoardWant to do something out of the ordinary with your property?  These are the people to see.
WMBE
 Women & Minority Business EnterprisesThe WMBE Program was established to provide women and minority businesses equal contract opportunities. This program is administered by theMinority Business Development Department.
WTP
Water Treatment PlantThis is where water is treated before it goes to homes and businesses.
YCDC
Ybor City Development CorporationA not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to promote redevelopment in the Ybor City Area
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