Hillsborough Backstage Pass


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If you would like to learn more about how our County government works then you should apply for Hillsborough Backstage Pass. This is a free, 11-week, interactive program designed to give you insights into how Hillsborough County government operates. Through Hillsborough Backstage Pass you will become a more informed resident and can share your knowledge with your neighborhoods, communities, friends, and family.


  • At least 18 years old
  • Work/resident status (must meet ONE of the following three qualifications):
    • Resident of Hillsborough County
    • Own a business in the county
    • Work full-time in the county
  • Commit to attending a minimum of seven sessions


Hillsborough 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)

Session Schedule

Spring 2017

Sessions are on Thursdays from 6:15 to 9 p.m. and topics are subject to change
Date Topic
February 2 Introductions, Overview of County Government and Budget
February 9 Public Works, Transportation, Signs and Signals, Mosquito Control
February 16 Water and Wastewater Tours
February 23 Solid Waste and Recycling
March 2 PSOC - Public Safety Operations Complex
March 9 Medical Examiner’s Office
March 16 Code Enforcement, Veterans Services and Consumer Protection
March 23 Parks and Recreation and Environmental Lands Management
March 30 Health and Human Services
April 6 Fire Rescue and Emergency Operations Center
April 13 Community Involvement, Development Services, Boards and Councils, Neighborhood Relations
April 19
Graduation Ceremony - 9 a.m. at the Commission meeting

Things To Consider

  • Hillsborough Backstage Pass is designed to help develop future leaders through well-informed and civically engaged residents
  • The schedule for the classes is to be announced, but you can apply at any time

How To

  1. Fill out the application, including:
  2. Submit

What's Next

  1. We will contact you with a registration confirmation letter
  2. We will provide session locations in the letter
  3. If we are unable to schedule you for this session, we will add you to the enrollment list for future sessions


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

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(813) 272-5860

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