Partnering for Success with Citizen Surveys

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

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Getting input from citizens on current and future projects can be a powerful tool, but gathering information can be a difficult undertaking for staff. Learn how the City of Zephyrhills partnered with the University of South Florida to create a dynamic citizen survey, using GIS technology designed and carried out by students.

Moderator: Gail K. Hamilton, CRA Director, City of Zeph- yrhills and FRA President-Elect
Speakers: Jensen Hackett and Kevie DeFranc, USF Interns; and Steve Spina, City Manager, City of Zephyrhills



Steve Spina has served as Zephyrhills city manager from 1996 to 2011, and again since May 2014.  For three years (2011-2014) he served as an instructor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of South Florida.

Spina is a native of Bronxville, New York, and grew up in Peekskill, NY, a small city on the Hudson River.  A 50-year resident of Florida, he graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communication on 1975 and later received a Master of Public Administration from USF in 1998.

In 2006, he received a master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville and a doctorate in Political Science at UF in 2011.