Accomplishments

Sandy’s been working hard since she was elected in 2010.

Here are some of the things she has accomplished so far:

 

Hillsborough County BOCC Accomplishments

– Founded partnership that created Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County

– Expanded eligibility requirements for Hillsborough County Health Care Plan

– Significantly reduced veteran homelessness through Operation Reveille

– Initiated Lobbying reform ordinance for BOCC and County Center

– As Chairman, dedicated new Community Housing Solutions Center

– Developed a public/private partnership to reduce chronic homelessness through Housing

First model, Cypress Landing

– Established the Entrepreneurial Collaborative Center (ECC) for startup businesses

– Served as Chairman of Hillsborough BOCC for 2015

– Served as Vice Chairman of Hillsborough BOCC 2012, 2013, 2014

– Established Small Business Job Creation Program, creating hundreds of new jobs countywide

– Served as panelist for Global Trade Symposium at Port Tampa Bay

– Launched Emergency Alert system for Hillsborough County

– Hosted Get Ready! Hurricane Prep talks throughout county since 2011

– Hosted “Community Office Hours” throughout commission district to meet one-on-one with constituents and hear their concerns so they wouldn’t have to travel to downtown office

– Hosted dozens of “Coffee with the Commissioner” events in West Tampa, Town ‘n Country, Westchase, South Tampa and South County to talk about neighborhood issues

– Provided assistance to 450-500 constituents per month in district to address county-related concerns

– Served as Chairman of Economic Prosperity Stakeholders Committee, creating a plan for which businesses can develop in Hillsborough County

– Co-hosted Veterans Resource Fair with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to support local veterans

– Improved customer service and communications in Hillsborough County

– Reduced property tax millage rate 23rd year in a row, saving taxpayers $3,726 on average home

– Hosted four successful County Job Fairs with CareerSource Tampa Bay and HCC, most recently with 55 employers and nearly 1,000 job seekers

– Partnered with Amazon and HCC on South County Job Fair offering 2,000 jobs

– Secured funding for Historic Preservation Grant Program

– Hosted the Access to Capital Summit for entrepreneurs and small businesses

– Facilitated presentations with Tampa/Hillsborough EDC to bring companies like Amazon, USAA, Quest Diagnostics for economic development

– Established Northwest County Dog Park which will open in 2016

– Sponsored Human Trafficking Signage Ordinance; Task Force has made a difference

– Spearheaded successful Jail Diversion Program which prevents costly arrest of people with mental health issues, and directs them to needed services

– Kept cost of county government down; it has decreased 11% since 2007

– County unemployment has declined to nearly 4%, down from 12% in 2010

– County’s bond rating continues to be AAA

– Sponsored the proposal with St. Petersburg Mayor Kriseman and got approval for the

St. Petersburg/Tampa Ferry pilot project that will commence November 2016

– Secured funding to open YMCA in South County

– Secured funding for Gardenville School & Ruskin Gynasium openings

– Shut down Internet/Sweepstakes Cafes

– Secured county facility to create a home for Starting Right, Now! a non-profit organization working with homeless teens and youth

– Rebranded Community Resource Centers with increased focus on resources and service

– Funded and opened Northwest Skate Park

– Obtained $1 million in funding for the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center

– Secured seed funding to build HCC SouthShore Community Center

– Secured funding for Westchase Recreation Center, Upper Tampa Bay Library expansion

– Implemented recycling at County Parks, facilities

– Expanded Senior Services in Town ‘n Country

– Reviewed intersections along Hwy 41 and Hwy 301 for safety

– Funded splash pads at regional parks through Hillsborough County; E.G. Simmons eco-tourism project and splash pad in South County is in planning stages

– Extended Community Collection Center times to six days per week

– Created Mental Health Advisory Committee and passed the Mental Health Parity for services to clients in the Hillsborough County Health Care Plan

– Secured funding for Northwest Service Center and Northwest Skate Park

– Worked with Paralyzed Veterans and County ADA liaison on to educate small businesses on ADA compliance to prevent Drive-by lawsuits in Hillsborough County

– Funded Apollo Beach Restoration and dredging in South County

– Secured funding for South County Sports Complex

– Funded repaving of Bayshore Boulevard

– Worked with local disabled veterans to pass gas pumping assistance ordinance to aid persons with disabilities

– Established county policy for municipal services units to fund citizen initiated localized capital projects like undergrounding of electric utilities in the Dana Shores community; opening doors for other communities

– As a Port Comissioner since 2010, Port Tampa Bay has achieved economic growth to position itself as the largest port in Florida and one of the top ports in the nation

– Funded improvements to Town ‘n Country Commons

– Secured funding for Anti-bullying Advisory Committee and USO-Fallen Soldiers

– Obtained building and funding for Firehouse Cultural Center in South County

– Strengthened animal Anti-tethering laws in county

– Streamlined building permit process in county

 

Service on Boards & Committees

– Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (EPC)

– Port Tampa Bay Board member

– Tampa Bay Water Board member

– Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Board member

– Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) board member

– Economic Prosperity Stakeholders Committee (served as Chairman)

– Tourist Development Council (served as Chairman)

– Tampa/Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

– CareerSource Tampa Bay Board member

– Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board member

– Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Inititative (THHI) (founding Board member)

– Hillsborough County Hospital Authority Board member

– Value Adjustment Board member (Chairman)

– Phoenix House Board member (Chairman)

– Florida Healthy Kids Board member

– Florida Prepaid Foundation Board member

– Eckerd Community Alternatives Advisory Council member

– Junior Achievement Board member

– DACCO Advisory Board member

– LEAP/HCAN Leadership Council member

– South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board member

– SouthShore Chamber of Commerce Board member

– Firehouse Cultural Center (FCC) Board member

– Starting Right, Now Board member

– Healthy Start Coalition Board member

– Early Learning Coalition Board member

– Children’s Home Board member

– Glazer Children’s Museum Board member (served as Chairman)

– Economic Club of Tampa Board member

– Kiwanis Club of Tampa

– Hillsborough County Republican Women’s Club

– Catholic Women’s Club

– USF Nursing Advisory Board member

– USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy

– American Cancer Society Board member

– Tampa Museum of Art Board member

 

Service to Women’s & Children’s Issues

– Chaired statewide 2016 Women’s Conference in Tampa

– Founded Women’s Exchange to get more women appointed to public and private boards

– Spearheaded Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity (MILO bus) for young children in at-risk areas of Hillsborough County

– Created Blue Ribbon Committee on Child Care Safety

– Hosted Think Pink Breast Cancer awareness events

– Hosted Go Red for Women event at County Center

– Hosted Women in Tech Event to inspire young women in this emerging field

– Hosted Anti-bullying Town Hall meetings with Quinton Aaron to create awareness

– Funded Sheriff programs for juveniles at recreation centers with the Boys & Girls Clubs

– Established more education for drowning prevention

– Worked with county staff to address safety concerns with youth Soccer Goals

– Strengthened Alcoholic Beverage Public Awareness Ordinance to include risks of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

– Guardian Ad Litem volunteer

 

More details of what Sandy has done:

One of her first priorities was to change the way County government is run. In this era of economic challenges, she wanted the county budgets to be leaner, more efficient and innovative.

Working with the County Administration and her fellow Commissioners, Sandy is doing just that: the county now shares office work like accounting and administrative functions; it utilizes one-stop social service case management; it now contracts out services like mowing parks and roadsides.

Most importantly, Sandy is helping to make it easier to grow our local economy by streamlining the permitting processes through a one-stop permit center; revising regulations that inhibit job creation; offering economic incentive funds for recruiting target industry jobs that includes a small business investment fund to grow our own jobs.

When small businesses were continuing to struggle, Sandy spearheaded the Hillsborough County Small Business Job Creation Program which has put more than 115 people back to work and given nearly 70 of these businesses more resources to help keep their doors open.

When nearly 50 Internet Sweepstakes Cafes were preying on our hard-working citizens and our vulnerable seniors in Hillsborough County, Sandy worked with the Sheriff’s Office to craft an ordinance that virtually shut down the illegal gambling operations. She continues to work on this issue as some illegal businesses try to skirt the law.

When Sandy saw that County customers were frustrated with front-end customer service, she made this and communications the County’s number one priority. She believes the most efficient and effective way of using taxpayer dollars is to serve taxpayers in the best way possible, and to communicate with them so that they understand how to navigate the maze of departments and agencies that are here for them.

When Federal and state guidelines did not spell out how persons with disabilities should go about requesting refueling assistance at gas stations, other than honking or waving a placard, Sandy worked with disabled citizens on a solution to place gas station/convenience store telephone numbers on gas pumps. This legislation has been used as a model for the Florida Legislature to pass a similar law, and now the United States Congress is also looking at it as a model for Federal legislation.

When there were safety concerns with youth soccer goals in Hillsborough County, Sandywas there to work with the County Parks department to make sure goals were secure and safe throughout the County within days.

When there was an opportunity to help law enforcement get back to work protecting the public, Sandy brought together a special mental health and substance abuse policy leadership group to create a jail-diversion program to decriminalize mental health and substance abuse issues at the misdemeanor level.

When businesses were feeling strangled by regulation, Sandy asked the BOCC to bring economic stakeholders to the table to make suggestions, and to think outside the box to restructure the county’s approach to economic development, growth management and planning. She now chairs this Economic Prosperity Committee that is working toward these goals.

When people in South Countywere facing unemployment and under-employment during these tough times, Sandy worked with local businesses and CareerSource Tampa Bay, formerly the Workforce Alliance and organized a South County Job Fair and a County Job Fair for the past five years, where hundreds of employers and vendors met with now thousands of job seekers. Commissioner Murman has also partnered with Amazon Fulfillment to give thousands of job seekers a chance to work with Amazon in south Hillsborough County.

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