June 27, 2012

Orlando Planner Elected to National Planning Board

CHICAGO — Vice President and Founding Principal of the Renaissance Planning Group, Whit Blanton, FAICP,was elected to serve as a Director on the American Planning Association's (APA) Board of Directors. APA is a 40,000-member organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. Blanton began his term May 30.

Whit Blanton, FAICPElected from the Gulf states, Blanton will serve as one of the 13 members on the APA Board of Directors, governing the association and setting strategic goals. Blanton will serve four years in this volunteer position.

Blanton has more than 24 years of professional planning experience. His firm focuses on integrated land use and transportation planning. He has worked with local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, state agencies and the federal government.

He is a certified planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an American Planner. In 2011, he received the AICP President's Award for Exceptional Practice.

Blanton has served in a number of leadership positions within APA, including the Legislative and Policy Committee since 2009. He chaired the task force to develop APA's Transportation Policy Guide in 2010 and an update of APA's Smart Growth Policy Guide in 2012, and assisted in the development of the new AICP Advanced Specialty Certification for Transportation Planning. He also served as an advisor to the APA Board of Directors and chaired the APA Transportation Planning Division, as well as held a variety of leadership positions within the APA Florida Chapter.

Locally, Blanton is the chair of the City of Winter Park, Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board and formerly served as president of the Central Florida Section of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association. He also served as a faculty expert for the National Governor's Association and a Wetmore Visiting Practitioner at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Blanton is a certified planner. He graduated from Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla.,  in 1982, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1986, and he attended graduate school at Florida State University's Department of Urban and Regional Planning.   


Contact: Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org