Pat D. Blackshear

Pat Blackshear has brought about real change in state and intrastate planning for more than three decades. She has been a leader for statewide natural disaster planning and a strong advocate for intergovernmental coordination. She led the way for the protection of 100,000 acres of floodplain along the Choctawhatchee, Apalachicola, and Escambia rivers in Northwest Florida. In 1980s she led and successfully coordinated discussions between cities and counties along the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint River and Bay System of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia to develop a coordinated drought management strategy. Her legacy provides for clean drinking water and helps save lives and property. Inducted in 2012.