Thomas G. Pelham, FAICP

Thomas G. Pelham, a native Floridian and a passionate planning advocate and leader for over 30 years, is widely recognized as the "face of Florida's growth management." Following the adoption of Florida's landmark 1985 Growth Management Act at a time of unprecedented growth, Tom Pelham was at the forefront as the secretary of DCA, the state's planning agency. The only secretary to serve two terms under separate governors, his innovative approaches to the act's most complex requirements, including concurrency, the discouragement of urban sprawl, and rural/agricultural lands protection, established Florida as a model of growth management for the nation. Inducted 2012.