Mayor Jane Castor Unveils her Development Services Advisory Team Recommendations and Announces Carole Post as Administrator for Development and Economic Opportunity
Today, Mayor Jane Castor unveiled her Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow Development Services Advisory Team recommendations and announced Carole Wallace Post as the new Administrator for Development and Economic Opportunity for the City of Tampa starting in February.
Development Services is the second advisory team to reveal key initiatives and recommendations to support Mayor Castor’s vision for Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow. This advisory team was established to identify ways that the City can streamline development services processes and cut unnecessary red tape to keep up with Tampa’s growth.
The Development Services Advisory team identified four key recommendations:
- The first recommendation focuses on ensuring sufficient resources are available to keep up with Tampa’s growing demand for services. This involves recruiting and retaining talent, assessing staff needs, and expanding internal and external resources.
- The second recommendation involves increasing transparency by expanding in-person support, publishing transparent workflows, improving web and Accela navigation, and more.
- The third recommendation focuses on ways to streamline the process for applications, filing, permitting, and inspections, including new same-day filing programs and improved access to staff through homeowner nights and free training workshops.
- Lastly, the advisory team recommended updating the land development code to better align rules and requirements with the city’s vision for growth.
“I’m incredibly proud of all of the hard work that the Development Services team has done over the past 90 days,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “As we grow and prosper we need to find ways to keep up with our success. By cutting the red tape we will remove unnecessary hurdles, and ensure we’re streamlining the process of doing business with the city. This team has been working hard to make our vision a reality, and I am excited that many of the initiatives that this team identified are already in place--and so many more are in the works. Thank you again to our team for volunteering so much time to this game-changing process.”
During the press conference, Mayor Castor also announced Carole Wallace Post as the new Administrator for Development and Economic Opportunity. Carole has been an invaluable support to Mayor Castor’s administration, spearheading the transition and helping develop a roadmap for the City’s future.
Carole has over 20 years of leadership experience, including multiple positions with New York City Government. She served as Executive Director of Strategic Planning for the Department of Buildings, worked in Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Operations, and she was the first woman appointed as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of New York City and Commissioner of the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).
She was formerly the Executive Vice President of New York Law School, and is currently the Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for USF Health at the University of South Florida where she is finishing a key role to open the new Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute downtown.
“Carole will be an incredible addition to our City team,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “Her experience to lead this new portfolio cannot be overstated. From her time in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in New York City to the amazing work she’s doing at the University of South Florida, the wealth of knowledge she will bring is unparalleled.”
For more information about Carole’s background and experience, visit her LinkedIn account here.
For more information about the Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow advisory teams, visit tampagov.net/t3
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