Public Workshop on Future Transportation Needs in the Heartland Region

September 30, 2015
Public Workshop on Future Transportation Needs in the Heartland Region

Future transportation plans will be the topic of a public workshop at the Sebring Civic Center on the evening of November 5, 2015. Coordinating the effort to create a Long Range Transportation Plan for the Heartland Region of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties including the cities of Sebring and Avon Park is the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO). The plan will provide local and regional guidance through the year 2040 and include long and short range strategies for solving transportation needs in the region.

The workshop will provide interactive stations for citizens to share ideas on improving community transportation, learn about the HRTPO and their planning activities , have one-on-one or small group conversations with TPO staff, and share their transportation needs. “Attendees will be encouraged to visit the different interactive stations throughout the evening, and may go at their own pace,” stated TPO Director Pat Steed. “We want feedback on the work that has been done so far on the plan, and to hear how we should move forward.”

Designated on November 17, 2014 by Governor Rick Scott of Florida as the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the federally mandated transportation policy-making organization was formed to serve the Heartland Region. The historically rural counties of the region have collectively experienced double-digit growth in the past two decades: a 45% increase from 1990 to 2010. As a result of this growth, the Sebring-Avon Park area of Highlands County was designated as an urbanized area based on the 2010 US Census. This designation triggered the formation of the transportation planning organization and the requirement to create a Long Range Transportation Plan for the region

Event Details:
What: Public workshop on future transportation needs in the Heartland Region
When: November 5, 2015 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Sebring Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave., Sebring

Citizens that cannot attend the event are encouraged to share their ideas through the organization’s website at or by calling 863-534-7130.

For more information, contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or family status. Persons requiring accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or language translation, free of charge should contact Marybeth Soderstrom, HRTPO Title VI Liaison, 863-534-7130 (voice), or via Florida Relay Service 711, or by emailing at least three days prior to the event.