The first InVision Tampa Knowledge Exchange left only standing room for stragglers as about 200 people, eager with their own ideas for Tampa’s future, filled the ballroom to capacity.
Joe Brown, a world planning expert, led the Knowledge Exchange with a discussion on 21st Century Cities and identified relatable cities—San Diego, Charlotte, Austin and Atlanta. A common thread among these cities is the rich diversity and attention given to the seemingly minute 2-mile radius around the downtown core. Then Joe Brown displayed Tampa’s downtown with the same radius which encompasses the City Center, West Riverfront, Channelside, Ybor and Tampa Heights.
“Whatever plan our city comes up with would need to tell the story of each of these unique cultures,” Joe said.
He urged us not to shy away from being an edgy city and explained that fear will cripple creativity, change and any sort of momentum this project hopes to achieve. “Fearlessness is key to innovation,” he explained.
As participants broke-out into small groups, they focused on a 5-year plan for Tampa and one big idea to present to the larger group. Among the top concerns were mobility, connectivity and jobs expressed through want of the Riverwalk’s completion, more transit options and a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
At our next Knowledge Exchange, we’ll discuss transportation options, and look into what solutions are right for Tampa. Be sure to RSVP at InVisionTampa@gmail.com.
May 16, 2012
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602