About the Atlas

Founded in 2006, the Community Atlas provides citizens, professionals, and students with comprehensive and accessible data — a resource designed to visualize and compare current and historical information through interactive mapping for local communities and neighborhoods. Typically, people who live and work in different communities around the county have found it difficult to gather the information they need from the myriad of agencies that collect the related data and provide particular services. Often when data and information are provided about communities it is limited to particular subjects. To solve this problem, we conceived of the Atlas as a "one stop information shop" to find the variety of information (social, physical and environmental) that relates to a community. The Atlas functions as a warehouse for a variety of community information including documents and educational links. We have also strived to make the Atlas a rich resource that educates citizens about the data presented and gives professionals easy access to the specialized information they need. We encourage you to use the Atlas as a tool to help in maintaining and improving our communities.

Project Funding

  • Children's Board of Hillsborough County

Information Providers

  • City of Tampa, Information Technology Services, Geographic Information Systems
  • Eckerd Community Alternatives, Support Services
  • Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Family Safety
  • Florida Department of Education, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection, GIS Subsection, Bureau of Information Systems, GIS Section
  • Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics
  • Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Office of Research & Planning
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Statistics Analysis Center (FSAC), N/A, N/A
  • Foreclosures Daily
  • Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Real Estate Department, Engineering Division, Geographic Information Systems Section
  • Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission
  • Hillsborough County Government, Planning and Growth Management, Public Works, Adopt A Pond Program
  • Hillsborough County Property Appraiser, GIS Department
  • Hillsborough County Real Estate, GIS Section, Survey Division
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Crime Analysis Unit, Research & Development Bureau
  • Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections
  • Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office
  • Multiple Data Providers (Compiled by the USF Water Institute), GIS Team
  • Multiple Data Providers (Compiled by USF Water Institute), Database Team
  • School District of Hillsborough County, Assessment & Accountability, Assessment & Accountability, Child Care Resource and Referral
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District, Mapping and GIS Section
  • Tampa Police Department, Records Section
  • U.S Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Univ. South Florida Water Institute, GIS Team, Water Atlas Program
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds

Project Partners

Children's Board of Hillsborough County

  • Executive Director of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County - Luanne Panacek, Ed.D.
  • Chief Operating Officer of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County - Don Dixon, MSW
  • Research and Evaluation, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County - Kathleen I. Maes, M.A.

University of South Florida, Florida Center for Community Design and Research


  • Taryn Sabia, Ed.M., M.Arch, MUCD, Research Associate Professor & Director, Florida Center for Community Design & Research
  • Shawn Landry, Ph.D., Director, Senior Research Scientist, Associate in Research


  • Keith Bornhorst, BS, Web Applications Developer
  • Adhokshaja Achar Budihal Prasad, MS, Web Applications Developer
  • Rich Hammond, MA, GIS Team Leader
  • Jason Scolaro, MS, Database Applications Team Lead
  • Cheran Williams, BS, GIS Analyst

Support Staff

  • Hilaria Fuentes, Fiscal & Business Specialist

Graduate Student / OPS Staff

  • Rachel Bomberger, MA, Web Content Manager
  • David Eilers, MS, Field Scientist - Environmental
  • Joshua Frank, M.Arch, Graduate Research Associate
  • David Galluzzo, GIS Stormwater Assistant
  • Grant Harley, BA, GIS Technician
  • David Harris, Manager of Technical Support
  • Wolf Johnson, Web Programmer Assistant
  • Remy Losaria, Web Developer Assistant
  • Thomas Lyle, Student Assistant
  • Thejovathi Nelluri, MS, Database Manager
  • Joanna Parichkova, MBA, Database Applications
  • Jodi Pracht, MS, Web Content Manager
  • Ken Romie, MS, Quality Assurance Officer
  • Alexis Sykes, GIS Stormwater Assistant
  • Emily Zupo, GIS Assistant

Additional Assistance

  • Naomi Oliver, M.A.
  • Alexis Broadbent-Sykes, M.A.
  • Deanna Barcelona, M.A.


There have been many members of the public and organizations throughout the community who have assisted us in the development of the Community Atlas by attending workshops and providing feedback. Many thanks to these people for their participation!

  • Alan Baker
  • Amy Haile
  • Buz Barbour
  • Capt. Daniel Lucas
  • Capt. Sophia Teague
  • Cathy Stone
  • Craig West
  • David Glicksberg
  • Doug Beam
  • Elizabeth Gunderson
  • Ercilia Westhoff
  • Garrett Farmer
  • Gitfah Niles
  • Indiana Valdez
  • James Pruitt
  • Jean Cubero
  • Jose Lopez
  • Judi Jetson
  • Kari Keller
  • Katherine Lenel
  • Kathy Maes
  • Keanu Santiago
  • Lilian Soria
  • Liz Gutierrez
  • Lodi Lipien
  • Louise Moffat
  • Magda Cadet
  • Manny Rivero
  • Marci Krekorian
  • Mark Dickson
  • Mike Cornelius
  • Mildred Oliver
  • Myla Stevens
  • Nancy Robbins-Lackey
  • Pat Morales
  • Pat Sandoval
  • Steven Heckel
  • Terry J. Flott
  • Penny Lumpkin
  • Peter Gorski
  • Quincy Cubero
  • Ray Carpenter
  • Art Sagendorf
  • Beth McNutt
  • Ronnie Crescentini
  • Samuel Douglas
  • Sandy Cox
  • Jesus Blazquez
  • John Abresch
  • Steve Strouf
  • John Abresch
  • Leona Bailey
  • Paul Kratz
  • Sonia Grays
  • Tony LaColla
  • Treon Watts
  • Steve Allen
  • Whitney Burton