CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater’s public utilities department is proud to receive a Future of the Region award from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The second-place award in the public education category recognizes the successes of the North Pinellas Municipal Utilities Forum’s Meeting of the Minds group, which is a small group of utility professionals from the surrounding cities in northern Pinellas that is chaired by the city.
The prestigious award recognizes projects and programs that exemplify regionalism and outstanding achievement that benefit the Tampa Bay area. The Meeting of the Minds group meets monthly for lunch around the area and has held discussions on more than 100 topics relating to public utilities and public works industries.
“There’s nothing like having an arsenal of resources and a broad knowledge base to tap quickly, in close proximity, and knowing the integrity of the people from whom you are gleaning information,” said Tracy Mercer, public utilities director. “Meeting of the Minds members enjoy the opportunity to collaborate and we’re all thrilled to have been a part of receiving this award.”