Cultivating Resilient Economic Development: An Urban County Case Study

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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Pinellas County is experiencing redevelopment in certain locations, but it's been uneven. Local governments are making efforts to direct desired redevelopment into places that have the most opportunity to create a sense of place and provide economic value for individual cities and the county as a whole. Target areas have been identified and additional steps taken to support private sector responses and leverage transportation investments to serve as a catalyst and reinforce desired changes. This session will explore how a redeveloping county is aligning plans, projects and strategies to better integrate land use and transportation in support of broad economic growth. 


Carol Stricklin, AICP

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Lauren Matzke, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Lauren Matzke is a certified planner who has worked for the City of Clearwater for over 8 years. In her role as the City’s Long Range Planning Manager, Lauren is responsible for the City’s long range and transportation planning initiatives, as well as the neighborhoods programs which includes ... Read More

Steve Schukraft, AICP, ENV SP

Confirmed Speaker

Steve is an accomplished city planner with experience helping communities improve mobility and livability, and encourage more sustainable patterns of growth and development. He has managed a range of revitalization, community planning, and transit-oriented development projects; and designed and managed large-scale public visioning, goal setting, and planning initiatives. Mr. Schukraft ... Read More

Whit Blanton, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Whit Blanton, FAICP is the Executive Director of Forward Pinellas (the Pinellas Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization), the countywide land use and transportation planning agency serving the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area in the Tampa Bay region. His nearly 30-year planning career spans a wide range of experience in the public ... Read More

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