As the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (EPC), I look forward to continuing to work with our many stakeholders as this Agency celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Since its creation by the Florida legislature in 1967, EPC has been responsible for protecting the air, water and soils of this County from pollution. While working with the citizens, EPC has initiated partnerships with agriculture and businesses to promote environmental stewardship, and by working together we have seen many success stories.
Our air and water quality have improved measurably since the 1960’s, and EPC has been there each step of the way. Through a supportive Board and a watchful public, staff has been empowered to exercise integrity to make science-based decisions and to help improve the quality of life and our environment in Tampa Bay. Our task going forward is to maintain this momentum while balancing the needs of development and the protection of the natural resources that bless our area.
One of our best tools is effective planning, and one of the best parts of our planning is its transparency. This document represents the Agency’s Strategic Plan and it is revised annually. It starts with our Mission, Vision and Values and results in new initiatives called action plans. These plans are created to improve our environment, our accountability and our service. So whether it is a plan to improve the Agency’s training programs or assist small businesses to stay in compliance, EPC is continuously striving to be better.
In fact this past year we were awarded a commendation from the Board for being the first local environmental agency in the State to win the Governor’s Sterling Award for continuous excellence; and we were also identified as a Top Workplace for 2017 by the Tampa Bay Times. EPC was the only government agency so recognized and we attribute all this success to our employees. Going forward, we will continue to pursue excellence and celebrate diversity. You have my word on it.
In conclusion, it is with considerable pride that we present to you our 2017 Strategic Plan!
Environmental Protection Commission