In The News


February 2020

2019 USF SPA-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey Results: The 2019 Sunshine State Survey covered a wide range of timely and critical issues facing Florida's residents and business, non-profit, and government leaders.


2019-20 USF SPA-New Tampa Business Climate Study: A group of MURP graduate students, led by Samuel Becker, took a deep look into the New Tampa area businesses—to evaluate the problems and potential solutions to local economic development—using community engaged-projects with City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and local business leaders like City of Tampa, District 7, Councilman Luis Viera, the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, New Tampa Rotary, and the Director of Transportation and Planning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership Karen Kress.

View the full study report or download the community presentation. You can also read the online articles related to the study below.

Tampa Bay Times
: Feb 2020
Neighborhood News: Feb 2020, Jan 2020, Aug 2019, Jun 2019, Apr 2019


September 2019

2019 USF SPA-Cyber Florida Local Government Cybersecurity Survey: As part of a series of state-wide cybersecurity workshops for local government officials, Drs. Stephen Neely and Ron Sanders—in partnership with Cyber Florida and co-sponsored by FCCMA, FLC, and FLGISA—developed and conducted a cyber readiness survey of local government chief executives (i.e., city managers, county administrators, and their equivalents) about the priority they place on cybersecurity, and more importantly, the steps they have taken to ensure that the governments they lead have done everything possible to mitigate the risk of cybercrimes committed against their citizens. They also collaborated on editing a report on best cybersecurity practices for those local governments, and delivering a series of cybersecurity workshops for local government officials and professionals.

May 2019


Four teams of our MPA Spring 2019 Capstone students tackled some of Hillsborough County's most pressing management challenges—and they presented their findings to the County Administrator and his executive team. Our students helped the County officials develop: (1) a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Quality of Life (QOL) metrics, as well as the preliminary design of a web-based performance dashboard for the County’s website; (2) a long-term strategy for fiscal sustainability, focusing on an in-depth analysis of several benchmark counties across the country; (3) the integration of two major social service programs for the County—Head Start and Adult Education—to foster better family learning among the jurisdiction’s most needy; and (4) the beginnings of a comprehensive Affordable Housing strategy to take advantage of the County’s booming development.


September 2018

2018 USF SPA-Sarasota County Opinion Survey Results: With growth comes changing constituent demands, perceptions, and needs. The 2018 Sarasota County Opinion Survey covers issues Sarasota County residents may be facing in an attempt to gain insight into the factors that may be impacting their overall perception of quality of life.