Backstage Pass

A Hillsborough County Leadership Program

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Interested in learning, seeing, and experiencing your government up close and in action? Backstage Pass is where it’s at! Through Backstage Pass you will become a more informed resident and can share your knowledge with your neighborhoods, communities, friends, and family.


  • At least 21 years old
  • Work/resident status (must meet ONE of the following three qualifications):
    • Resident of Hillsborough County
    • Own a business in the county
    • Employed full-time in the county
  • Commit to attending a minimum of nine sessions
  • Must adhere to program rules of conduct and attendance requirements


Backstage Pass is free and all course materials are included.


  • Meet county government leaders
  • Learn how to unravel "red tape" and navigate the system for smoother experiences when you need something from the County
  • Establish relationships with department directors and staff
  • Understand the interactions between departments
  • Become familiar with the services the County offers
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the facilities, such as a water treatment plant, Fire Rescue stations, or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Things To Consider

  • Backstage Pass is designed to help develop future leaders through well-informed and civically engaged residents
  • You can apply at any time, but you may be placed on an enrollment list for future sessions if the program is full or has already started
  • Attendance:
    • At one of the orientation sessions is strongly encouraged
    • For all Backstage Pass sessions is expected
    • If you miss more than three sessions you will be dropped from the program
    • Missing any part of a session is considered a full absence
  • The program adheres to a drug and alcohol free policy during working session hours
  • Dress code for Backstage Pass sessions is business casual, unless otherwise specified

Session & Orientation Schedules

Orientation Schedule for the 2017 - 2018 program

There are four Orientation sessions to choose from:

  • Thursday, September 7, 2017
    • 8:30 – 9:30 am.
    • 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, September 8, 2017
    • 8:30 – 9:30 am.
    • 10 – 11 a.m.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Backstage Pass Program Schedule

Sessions are approximately every other week from 8 a.m. to noon, unless otherwise noted.

Due to Hurricane Irma the schedule for the Kick-off and the first six sessions have been updated.

Date Session
Sept. 28, 2017 Kick-off Social
Oct. 5, 2017 Session 1
Oct. 19, 2017
Session 2
Nov. 2, 2017
Session 3
Nov. 16, 2017
Session 4
Nov. 30, 2017
Session 5
Dec. 7, 2017 Session 6
Dec. 15, 2017* Session 7
Jan. 11, 2018 Session 8
Jan. 25, 2018 Session 9
Feb. 1, 2018 Session 10
Feb. 15, 2018  Session 11
March 1, 2018  Session 12
April 2018 Graduation Celebration at BOCC Quarterly Recognition Awards

In addition, Hillsborough County Sheriff and Code Enforcement Ride-Alongs will be self-scheduled and must be completed prior to their session days.

*Note this session is on a Friday.

How To

  1. Register for an orientation session
  2. Fill out and submit the application for the Backstage Pass Program including:

What's Next

  1. We will contact you with a registration confirmation letter for both Backstage Pass and your orientation
  2. Session locations and more details will be provided at each of the orientation sessions
  3. If we are unable to schedule you for this session, we will add you to the enrollment list for future sessions


Register for Orientation

Apply for Backstage Pass

For more information, please email Wanda Sloan or Stephanie Agliano, or call Neighborhood Relations at (813) 272-5860.

Get Help

(813) 272-5860