Ethics Case of the Year

APA Florida Chapter


Monday, October 1, 2018, midnight
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, midnight CDT

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Each year the AICP Ethics Case of the Year presents a complex and interesting set of scenarios that illustrate ethical dilemmas faced by planners working within challenging political arenas, while trying to stay true to their ethical principles.  The 2018-19 Case of the Year is not a single "case" but a series of ethical scenarios based on real-life events from the past year. Join several AICP Fellows and the AICP Commissioner for Region III for an interactive discussion of the application of the AICP Code of Ethics to relevant ethical situations.  Attendees are encouraged to read the Ethics Case-of-the-Year prior to the session by going to: 

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Merle Bishop

Confirmed Speaker

Merle H. Bishop, FAICP With over 44 years of experience, Merle retired as Winter Haven’s Growth Management Director and currently works part-time with Pennoni. His experience includes 5½ years with Kimley-Horn & Associates and 32 years with Polk County, Florida where he was the County’s Growth Management Director. Merle is a “Life Member” of APA and a member of AICP since 1986. In 2003 he was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows. He served as APA FL President from 2011 to 2013. He served on numerous regional and statewide committees on growth and development. He is currently on APA Florida’s Legislative Policy, Sustainability and Emerging Topics Committees. Merle is a Certified Public Manager and has a Bachelor’s in Forestry and Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

Mary Kay Peck

Confirmed Speaker

Mary Kay Peck, FAICP brings 30 years of local government experience at the city, county and regional level to her successful consulting practice. Peck has experience as a Planning Director, Assistant City Manager and City Manager. Throughout her career, she has mentored planning professionals at all levels. She facilitated and participated as an instructor for APA's Emerging Professional Institute and teaches introductory planning at Saint Petersburg College. Peck currently serves as President of the APA Foundation and previously served as President of APA.

Valerie Hubbard

Confirmed Speaker

Valerie Hubbard, FAICP, is Director of Planning Services for Akerman LLP, a national law firm, where she provides consulting services to clients on a wide variety of planning matters. Val has held key planning positions in several Florida jurisdictions and was Florida's Director of Community Planning (2003-2007). She served as President of AICP (2015-2016), AICP Commissioner from Region III (2008-2014) and President of the Florida Chapter of APA (2004-2006). She was Chair of the AICP Ethics Committee (2010-2015) and currently serves as an Ethics Committee member. Val has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

Silvia Vargas

Confirmed Speaker

Silvia has over 26 years of experience planning in the U.S. and abroad. She joined Calvin, Giordano & Associates after leading her own small practice. Previously, she was a senior professional at WRT. Silvia has worked in more than 80 communities and at every possible project scale. Her work has been recognized through numerous awards and speaking opportunities. Silvia earned her Master in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. Silvia is passionate about supporting women in the profession. She serves on the AICP Commission and is a member of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She also has been an expert to The American Architectural Foundation. In 2017 Silvia was one of four Distinguished Alumni award recipients from the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas for her leadership, commitment and contributions to the profession.