Robert D. Cotter, FAICP

Robert Cotter has dedicated most of his career to his beloved Jersey City. As planning director for more than 25 years, he has made a difference in this postindustrial city. The abandoned rail yards along the Hudson River have been transformed into the 12th largest downtown in the country and the economic engine of northern New Jersey. Bob has also brought positive change to this gritty city's core, as witnessed by the 84 adopted redevelopment plans which cover 49 percent of the city. His work with the city's MLK Drive Redevelopment Plan Steering Committee was awarded a National Planning Award in 1995. Inducted in 2012.