City of Tampa

Client: City of Tampa
Industry: Economic Development/Government

Challenge:

As part of its ongoing community engagement efforts, the City of Tampa sought to understand its residents perceptions on a broad range of topics, including the Mayors Transforming Tampas Tomorrow (T3) initiative. Created by Mayor Jane Castor, the T3 initiative is designed to address Tampa’s issues and find solutions through advisory groups on several important topics: transportation, development services, workforce development, housing affordability, and sustainability & resilience. 

Solution:

HCP partnered with the City to create a baseline study and obtain statistically valid information that reflects the City’s diverse demographics and neighborhoods through survey. 

According to the 2019 US Census Bureaus American Community Survey, Tampas population is 399,700 residents and is rapidly growing. In 2019, the City elected Jane Castor as Mayor. Following the first year of the administration, city officials decided to commission a study of Tampanians needs and priorities. 

The baseline community priority study asked questions on residents’ quality of life, their satisfaction with the City Government, and questions regarding the initiatives above. In addition to shedding light on resident perspectives, the study’s data and results provide the City with actionable insights.   

The telephonic survey gathered feedback from a sample of those living within the City of Tampa to ensure accurate and illustrative feedback. The results indicated that nearly nine in ten residents have trust and confidence in their local government. Nine in ten residents would also recommend the City as a place to live, vacation, retire, raise children, and work. 

Residents feel positively about the City’s services, their quality of life, and Tampas leadership. The data illustrated a series of opportunities for the city of Tampa, with an emphasis on road conditions, bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and affordable housing. 

Future studies will allow for longitudinal analyses to understand how the City of Tampa has addressed these concerns and guide the City’s budget process.