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Bridget Callea

Florida State University

This week featured the kick off meeting for the Tallahassee Alternative Mobility Funding Systems Study. This project is very exciting and the week was made even greater by the presence of the Director of Public Planning, Jennifer Hofmeister, as well as Jonathan Paul, of NUE Urban Concepts.

 


Bridget and Jennifer Hofmeister at the state Capitol in Tallahassee.

Bridget Callea is assisting with WGI’s Tallahassee Alternative Mobility Fee Study for the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Bridget and Jennifer spent three weeks together in WPB office before heading up to Tally. Bridget is finishing up her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at FSU and Jennifer is an FSU graduate who had not visited the WGI Tally office nor has she visited Tally in 10 years! So much has changed in the County as Bridget pointed out in her 5-hour tour of the city. Through the outskirts of the city and into the downtown area, Bridget pointed out new and innovative projects underway some of which the FSU Master’s students, which included Bridget, implemented. In addition to assisting with the Mobility Fee Study in Tally, Bridget is also working with Jennifer on South Florida projects including the Westgate Avenue Streetscape Project and Lake Worth’s Neighborhood Road Program. With Bridget now onboard, she is helping to bring the WGI planning program to this office.

Jennifer Hofmeister

 

Bridget and Jennifer with the backdrop of FSU, where Bridget in finishing up with her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and Jennifer’s Alma Mater

Prepping for the City/County kick off meeting, Bridget reviews with the WGI team, the study area for the Tallahassee Alternative Mobility Fee Study

Ashley and Bridget getting ready for the kick off meeting with City of Tallahassee and Leon County for the Tallahassee Alternative Mobility Fee Study (AMFS)

Our D3 win celebration

Though it was a short week, I had my first Low Country Boil today and it was amazing. Next week marks the kick-off of a big planning project here in Tallahassee and I’m very excited for what’s to come.

While I’m loving learning about numerous planning projects throughout the state, creating maps, and using InDesign, my favorite part of the day is the constant joking and friendly banter that occurs in the office. Don’t worry, I’m still learning new phrases: “Even a blind hog finds an acorn from time to time.”

 


One of the best pizza joints in tally!


After three weeks in the West Palm Beach office and two weeks in the Tallahassee office, I’ve met a wonderful group of people, attended a series of insightful meetings and learned a lot about the planning field. I’ve gained excitement for the continuation of this summer’s projects and most importantly, the Tallahassee staff is teaching me to appreciate southern traditions such as boiled peanuts and that work is “more exciting than squishing tadpoles.”


 

Bridget, a Planning Intern in our West Palm Beach office had the opportunity to work with our Director of Public Planning, Jennifer Hofmeister on the final design concepts and narrative for the Westgate Streetscape Corridor Study.