Rep. Castor Announces Community Projects to Support Tampa area, Higher-Paying Jobs, Infrastructure
10 Community Projects in the running for FY22
Washington, April 30, 2021
Today, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) announced her support for the 10 community projects allowed for consideration by the House Appropriations Committee in appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year. This year marks the first time that Members of Congress have been able to submit specific community projects for direct funding in over a decade. Rep. Castor is advocating for the 10 projects based upon community support and pressing local needs - from improving water quality to providing mental health services to aiding in the fight against cancer.
“I received over 30 requests from partners throughout Florida’s 14th Congressional District for a range of local initiatives to serve the needs of our neighbors and boost our economy, and while it was difficult to whittle down to the allowed 10 projects, they would provide critical funding for local initiatives. I’m proud to select 10 projects that represent the diversity of needs in our community - from East Tampa to Town ‘N Country to the University Area. The entire Tampa/Hillsborough district is represented in these funding requests.
“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital to invest in good-paying jobs and our local educators. USF’s proposal will enhance STEM teacher preparation and strengthen the pipeline of well-qualified educators in Hillsborough County Public Schools. The local community stood up for a stronger USF College of Education last year, and I am proud to follow on the call for action.
The Urban League of Hillsborough County’s Hand Up program will link students with training and paid pre-apprenticeship initiatives in fields like solar energy deployment and hospitality that provide direct pathways to higher-paying, stable jobs that you can raise a family on.
“In Congress, I am working to reform police practices like consistent use of body cameras, and am heartened to see the City of Tampa and local law enforcement doing the same. We need funding for the technology and tools for Tampa Police Department to expand use of body-worn cameras and data retention. Often the data must be evaluated as quickly as possible at the scene of an incident to ensure transparency and accountability.
“I’m pleased to support three projects aimed directly at lifting up and connecting our diverse Tampa communities. The Fair Oaks Senior Center Redevelopment will provide Tampa seniors with vital services to keep them healthy and independent, and the University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. cultural campus warehouse will connect neighbors with valuable services and initiatives to improve their quality of life. The past year has underscored the importance of having access to stable and high-speed internet, and funding for the Tampa Housing Authority will increase in-home, reliable internet for residents of affordable housing in Tampa. These initiatives will drive our economy, keep our neighbors plugged-in, and modernize local infrastructure.
“In the days ahead, the House Appropriations Committee will review the submissions of all projects from House Members – I am committed to advocating for these projects until they are completed.”
Additional information on Community Project Funding and the ten projects selected by Rep. Castor, as well copies of the required financial disclosures, is available HERE.
A summary of the ten projects is provided below, in alphabetical order:
AI/Machine Learning to Accelerate Cancer Research – H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Connectivity for Prosperity – Tampa Housing Authority
COPS Technology Enhancements (Digital Storage of Body Cam footage) – the City of Tampa
Cultural Campus Warehouse Renovation and Site Work – University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc.
Enhancing STEM Teacher Preparation in the Tampa Bay region – the University of South Florida
Fair Oaks Redevelopment Senior Center – the City of Tampa
The Hand Up Program – the Urban League of Hillsborough County, Inc
Mariposa Women’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital – Mental Health Care, Inc (Gracepoint)
Tampa Harbor General Reevaluation Report – Port Tampa Bay
Town N' Country Septic-to-Sewer – Hillsborough County