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Mission Statement

The mission of the Authority is to be a major driver in the economic growth of the Tampa Bay Region. We will be leading edge innovators to create global access and extraordinary customer experiences through our people and facilities to build prosperity for our stakeholders and the region.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Authority is to be a vibrant aviation gateway for Tampa Bay, providing access and economic opportunity for our stakeholders.

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority: Its Structure And Mission

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is an autonomous unit of County government, created by the 1945 Florida Legislature and charged with the operation of all publicly-owned aviation facilities within Hillsborough County, Florida.

A series of special acts of the Legislature have broadened the scope of the Aviation Authority, giving it the full prerogatives of a public corporation. The key feature in the structure of the Aviation Authority is the requirement that all moneys of the Aviation Authority be kept separate from all other governmental units-and these moneys cannot be spent for anything other than aviation purposes. The Aviation Authority is empowered to promulgate and enforce all rules and regulations required for the proper operation of its facilities.

The Aviation Authority is comprised of a five-member Board, three members of which are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Florida on a staggered basis. The other two members are ex-officio: the Mayor of the City of Tampa and a member of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.

Gubernatorial appointments occur at two-year intervals and at these times the Board reorganizes itself, electing officers for the ensuing two years.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation Authority is Joseph W. Lopano





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