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Hillsborough County Backstage Pass Tour

Hillsborough County is one of Florida’s largest counties in Florida both in land mass (#12 with 1,051 sq mi (2,722 km2) and populations (#4 with 1,267,775 people). We are also the third largest school district in Florida, right behind Miami-Dade and Boward Counties.

So what keeps all this humming along? How do things get done around our county to keep it moving, shaking and hustling forward the way it does?

Well, I’m excited to say, I’m about to find out. I’m going on a field trip, well several actually!

Starting on Thursday I will be starting a program call Backstage Pass that will give me a behind the scenes look at how Hillsborough County is run.

The program runs from September through April with 12 half-day sessions that will take us around to various departments to see what they do, how they’re run and how they work with the community. Here’s the overview from their website:

Participants in the seven-month program will meet approximately every other week and will visit the Waste-to-Energy trash incinerator, tour the Medical Examiner’s Office, and experience Fire Rescue demonstrations at the new Public Safety Operations Complex, among other up-close experiences into how Hillsborough County Government serves its residents.

Sounds great to me! I’m really looking forward to this, especially the Fire Rescue demonstration. It’s a load of hard work that runs our city and it’s exciting to see how it all works together.

I also want to work with my city in prayer. Besides all the fun stuff I’ll see with this program, it will show me how I can pray for the success of the county.

Jeremiah 29 talks about praying for our city and seeking its welfare.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters . . .  But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. ” (Jeremiah 29: 5 and 7)

Although Jeremiah was speaking to exiles in Babylon, we can all do the same. It says do the every day things and expect to increase:

  • Build houses and live in them
  • Plant gardens and eat their produce
  • Take wives and have sons
  • give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters

Don’t just survive, but thrive. Then it goes on to say: Seek the city’s best interest and pray for it.

Hillsborough County has some great things going for it! I want the city to be the best is ever has been. So come along with me. Starting on Thursday I’ll be posting pictures and showing what goes in to making our county run.  And as we pray we can expect our county to increase.

This is going to be awesome!



Thanks for reading!
Claire Formilan

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