“We greatly value our relationship and consider Temple Terrace the unofficial hometown to USF,” said Chillura, who during the April 1 city council meeting declared it USF Day in Temple Terrace.
He spoke of the city’s valued partnership with USF over the years on issues such as economic development, transportation, architecture and the arts.
“You have done an outstanding job,” he told USF President Judy Genshaft, noting the school’s impact as a highly regarded global research university and its $4.4 billion economic impact on the greater Tampa Bay community.
Chillura proceeded to present Genshaft with a street sign naming a fictitious Temple Terrace drive in her name.
In addition, he gave Genshaft a proclamation marking the special day along with a ball cap with the city’s logo and a ceremonial key to the city.
“This really is a special day. This is the first time I’ve ever received a key to a city,” she said.
Genshaft thanked Chillura and the city council members for all the gifts and the fanfare, which included the greeting of guests at the door by USF cheerleaders and mascot Rocky the Bull, plus the placement of green and gold ribbons and USF Bulls Country banners along the council chambers’ dais. A USF flag also graced the flagpole in front of the town’s city hall.
In turn, the USF president presented the mayor with a framed map of the Hillsborough River as it meanders through Temple Terrace, highlighted by the superimposed green horns of the university’s mascot, which she said likened the shape of that segment of the river.
“The best days of our partnership are yet to come,” Genshaft said.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.