Richard B. Erickson, FAICP

Richard Erickson, as the first executive director of one of Connecticut's regional planning agencies, provided exemplary leadership in reversing a negative attitude toward planning in southeastern Connecticut during a period when only one of 20 municipalities had a planner. He addressed Connecticut's lack of county government with the formation of 14 new organizations to implement regional plans through intergovernmental cooperation. He was pivotal in restructuring the region's economy during the 1990s following the sharp decline in defense industries. His legacy over 50 years, including the staff he has mentored, has had a lasting impact on the state of planning in Connecticut. Inducted in 2012.