Hillsborough Backstage Pass

The 2019 Hillsborough Backstage Pass Class application period has closed. Any applications submitted after June 22, 2018 will be filed for the next 2020 class.

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Interested in learning, seeing, and experiencing your government up close and in action? Hillsborough Backstage Pass is where it’s at! Through the program you will become a more informed community leader 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


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)

Things To Consider

  • Hillsborough Backstage Pass is designed to help develop community 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 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 Hillsborough Backstage Pass sessions is business casual, unless otherwise specified

Session & Orientation Schedules

Orientation Schedule for the 2018-2019 Program

Two sessions available to choose from on each day:

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    • 8:30 to 9:30 AM
    • 10:30 to 11:30 AM

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 8:30 to 9:30 AM
    • 10:30 to 11:30 AM

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Hillsborough Backstage Pass Program Schedule

  • Kick-off Social: September 13, 2018
  • Session 1: September 20, 2018
  • Session 2: October 4, 2018
  • Session 3: October 18, 2018
  • Session 4: November 1, 2018
  • Session 5: November 15, 2018
  • Session 6: November 29, 2018
  • Session 7: January 10, 2019
  • Session 8: January 24, 2019
  • Session 9: January 31, 2019
  • Session 10: February 21, 2019
  • Session 11: March 1, 2019 (Friday)
  • Session 12: March 7, 2019

How To

  1. Fill out and submit the application for the Hillsborough Backstage Pass Program including:
    • County Commission district number
    • Any Hillsborough County Board memberships
    • List of any civic, professional, business, social or other organization memberships
    • Business Organization
    • Selected orientation session

What's Next

  1. We will contact you with a registration email, including confirmed orientation date
  2. Program 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



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


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