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Jane Castor launches website for transition information

The new landing page includes press releases with relevant information and upcoming meetings.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor launched a new website Monday providing information to constituents about the advisory process for her five targeted priorities. 

The new landing page includes press releases with relevant information and upcoming meetings. There are two listed as of Monday afternoon, including a Construction Services and Support Advisory Team meeting held earlier Monday morning and a Transportation Advisory Team meeting Monday afternoon at 3.

The website also includes a form to offer suggestions. That form asks for the filers name, address and phone number. Respondents can offer suggestions or comments on any of Castor’s five targeted priorities including transportation, development services, workforce development, affordable housing and sustainability and resiliency. 

The page indicates Castor’s staff “will provide progress updates” as they become available. 

Castor compiled a series of transition and advisory teams to help target, create and implement policies targeted as top priorities. 

The website adds transparency to the transition process. 

“Tampa is a city on the rise and with great progress comes great responsibility,” Castor said. “I look forward to engaging with our advisory teams and residents across the city to collaborate on ways we can elevate our city services to meet the increased needs from our departments and look to ways we can tackle Tampa’s aging infrastructure.”

University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research Robert Bertini will head Castor’s Transportation Advisory team and former Tampa City Attorney Julia Mandell who is now with GrayRobinson will chair her Construction Services and Support Team.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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