ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Local Economic Development (LED).

During the next three to five years the City of Plant City will be undergoing significant development in both the business and residential sectors. League will enhance the area’s economic stability and prosperity by providing youth workforce programs using a place-based strategy to address the needs of residents living in the City of Plant City.

Economic Development

Local Economic Development (LED) is key to empowering residents to build healthy neighborhoods. Past projects include the MLK Multipurpose Center, proposed swimming pool, expansion of MLK Recreation Center property, and raise $100,000 for construction of Westside Boys & Girls Club. Currently working with the City of Plant City and Hillsborough County Planning Commission to update the 1995 Lincoln and Madison Park Commercial Feasibility Study.

Workforce Development

ILPCCDC has successfully conducted several program to include the Striving for Excellence Academy, a Language Arts Class that offered free lessons in Chinese, Japanense, Spanish, and German. Learning these fluent languages provided students graduating from high school with a skill needed in the local manufacturing sector where international trade was the core growth. Currently we offer a forensic science class for junior high students.

Reports Studies

In 1995 the Improvement League partnered with the City of Plant City and Neighborhood Service Center to develop a Neighborhood Commerical Study for Madison and Lincoln Park to address defeciences in the city comp plan. (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD) Results showed the level of disposable dollars.
Strategic Action Plan for East Hillsborough County. Outlined the area strengths and capacity. Purpose of this plan was to outline a course of action to ensure that the residents can enter the workforce, have adequate transportation, secure quality affordable day care and obtain necessary work skill training for children and adults. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD.
In both 1998 and 2004 the City under leadership of James McDaniel Community Development Director in partnership with the League and other organizations; conducted two neighborhood studies for Laura Street and surrounding Lincoln/Madison Park neighborhoods laying out the blueprint for affordable housing, potential business nodes and cultural district anchored by Bing House Museum.
The MLK Recreation Center Multipurpose Building was a joint venture between the City of Plant City and Improvement League. Community Block Development Grant funds along with funds raised by ILPCCDC resulted in construction of a concession building that currently serves as the home for the Plant City Colts Youth Sports Program.
The Boys and Girls Clubs--- along with funds raised by ILPCCDC resulted in construction of a concession building that currently serves as the home for the Plant City Colts Youth Sports Program.
The current Commerical Study----opment Grant funds along with funds raised by ILPCCDC resulted in construction of a concession building that currently serves as the home for the Plant City Colts Youth Sports Program.

CURRENT EFFORTS

Provide a voice for local residents in regards to development in the City of Plant City and maximize the extending impact of these projects on surrounding neighborhoods. The City is currently conducting repaving of Alabama Street and MLK Blvd from Alexander to Park Road. As part of this effort the Board of Directors has invested in the League being a member of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation. The rezoning of Laura Street to allow for mixed use was approved several years ago by the City to support small businesses.
Classes are held every Monday evening from 630pm to 730pm at the Plant City Bing Rooming House Museum upstairs. The curriculum is rigorous and requires a two year commitment. Analysis and ability to focus on technical aspects (STEM) is key to successful completion. Click here to download the application.
The City of Plant City is currently (2017) implementing several economic projects. Midtown for the development of downtown, revitalization of Main Street downtown, County Line Commerce Center, Lakeside Station, Sports Village, and residential development on the north side of Interstate 4. These projects will bring jobs and much needed funding for future infrastructure improvements.