Tampa: September 6 – 7, 2002

6th_2002The City of Tampa hosted the sixth annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference on Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th, 2002 at the Tampa Convention Center and would not have been possible without the support from the local neighborhood community leaders, volunteers and corporate sponsors who humbly stood beside us, proudly showing off their hometown. The conferences mission was to encourage unity and partnerships among government, communities, neighborhoods and citizens. The gain for all was remarkable and was reflected by a revitalization of spirit fostered amongst attendees which to date has helped play a vital role in the future development of our Florida municipalities. This year was truly unique in that Tampa hosted the largest number of attendees in Florida Neighborhood Conference history with 1,167 registrants! There was plenty for everyone to do, whether it was engaging in 30 educational workshops facilitated by experts in public safety, environmental issues, zoning, growth management and a host of other topics, being carried away to 10 dynamic mobile neighborhood tours (including an Eco Boat tour) showcased by the actual local neighborhood leaders who live in them, strolling along at the Riverwalk Reception or getting down to “Margaritaville” style entertainment in the always delightful Florida Aquarium or simply just letting go as shuttles whisked riders along trendy, fun destinations within Historic Ybor City.