OMS-UCF: The 6th annual UCF Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series, Spring 2017 “Partnerships in Planning for Community and Growth”

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2017, 8 p.m. EDT

Orlando, FL, United States

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Each year, UCF's Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series hosts some of the nation's leading planning experts to participate to present and discuss projects, thoughts, movements, and innovations in the field. This semester we are proud to highlight Orlando’s own Creative Village project as the ultimate partnership endeavor. Soon to be the home of the new UCF Downtown campus, Creative Village will to transform the former Amway Arena site into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, urban infill neighborhood, connecting community and neighbors to new employment and educational opportunities.


This even is open to the public and supported by generous contributions from VHB MillerSellen, Metroplan Orlando, GAI Consultants, APA Orlando Metro Section and other members of the Central Florida planning community.


You’ll learn about:

• Challenges and opportunities of planning through public-private partnerships

• Planning and designing a mixed-use master plan, anchored by a leader in higher education

• Managing community growth while leveraging opportunities for economic development


• Neighborhood/Community planning and preservation

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Craig Ustler, MAI, CCIM

Craig Ustler, MAI, CCIM is president of Ustler Development, Inc. which focuses on urban infill real estate and business development in downtown Orlando. He is the developer of many notable projects including the Residence Inn Downtown Orlando, 800 North Orange Office Building, The Ivy Apartments at Health Village, GAI Building ... Read More

Brooke Bonnett

Brooke Bonnett is economic development director for the city of Orlando. She is responsible for coordinating an annual budget of more than $34 million and managing nearly 200 employees in six city divisions: planning, permitting, code enforcement, business assistance, transportation planning and downtown development. She currently is managing the Creative ... Read More

Kelly Moody, AICP, LEED AP

As project manager for the Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Orlando, Kelly oversees major projects and programs, including the ongoing Creative Village redevelopment project She is at the helm of interdisciplinary management and facilitation of downtown development projects, including land development, planning & zoning, engineering, transportation ... Read More

Roberta Fennessy, AICP

Roberta Fennessy is an experienced architect and urban planner and a member of the UCF planning faculty where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on land use, planning law, and urban design. Her in-depth knowledge of land use laws, zoning regulations, and approvals processes, have made her a key figure ... Read More

Thad Seymour, Jr. PhD

Following nearly three decades as a business leader, Thad recently returned to the academic setting where he started his career, becoming Vice Provost for UCF Downtown in June 2016. With a core team of UCF and community leaders he will help bring the new 7,700 student campus to life ... Read More

Virginia Lewis Whittington, AICP

Virginia L. Whittington is the Director of Regional Partnerships for MetroPlan Orlando, the regional transportation planning agency for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties. Virginia is responsible for government relations, regional partnerships, and overseeing all aspects of community outreach and public involvement. She is the staff liaison to several advisory committees ... Read More

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