OMS-UCF: The 6th annual UCF Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series, Fall 2016 “Partnerships in Planning for Technology and Community”

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8 p.m. EST

Orlando, FL, United States

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EVENT NAME: OMS-UC FDistinguished Lecture Series:   “Partnerships in Planning for Technology and Community”

 The 6th annual UCF Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series, Fall 2016

Description of the Event:

Within the broader theme of “partnerships in planning,” Stephen Coultson from the Austin, TX office of Perkins + Will will present the master plan for the 500-acre proposed research and technology mixed-use development in Osceola County, anchored by the International Consortium of Advanced Manufacturing Research facility (ICAMR). Osceola County Manager, Don Fisher, will also be presenting alongside him and highlighting the array of economic, community and regional impacts of this master plan.

You’ll learn about:

• Advances in smart sensors and photonics research and development

• Creating and designing a mixed-use master plan, anchored by a global destination for science and engineering

• Managing growth with regional connections and opportunities for economic development

• Diversifying a local economic base through provision of housing, services and amenities.

Planners will gain an understanding of the project from both the consultant’s perspective as well as that of the implementing jurisdiction.  After the lecture by the Mr. Coulston and Mr. Fisher, there will be a moderated panel discussion, which will be followed by an opportunity for moderated question and answers. The moderated panel will include a regional planner, a local professor, as well as a local planner / recent Graduate from the University of Central Florida, Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.

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Steven Spalding

Steven Spalding is founder and Principal of Point A Consulting. His practice focuses on technology-based economic development initiatives designed to strengthen and promote the knowledge economy assets of client communities. Spalding’s forte is integrating assessment of market opportunities with physical development strategies, to achieve place-based solutions as catalysts for ... Read More

Don Fisher

Don Fisher is the Osceola County Manager, serving since 2010. His position functions as the CEO in one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S., presiding over a $1 billion budget and 1,450 employees. Prior to this, he served as the County's Growth Management Administrator. Don ... Read More

Owen Beitsch, PhD, FAICP

Owen Beitsch, PhD, FAICP is the Senior Director for Economic and Real Estate Advisory Services at GAI Community Solutions Group. With 30 years of experience as a principal planner, providing analytical advice to the planning, design, legal and community development industries, Beitsch brings a unique perspective of planning law as ... Read More

Joshua DeVries, AICP

Joshua DeVries is an AICP Certified Planner with over 10 years of professional experience. He is currently employed as a Long Range / Transportation Planner III for Osceola County Florida Planning and Design, where he has been employed 5 years. He also has 5 years of experience as a Planner with ... Read More

Stephen Coulston, AIA

Stephen Coulston, AIA is a principal in the Austin, Texas office of the global design firm Perkins+Will. With a passion for working within the innovation economy, Coulston has found his 25-year career has been spent working at the intersection of the higher education, research, healthcare, and government sectors with ... Read More

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