Whit Blanton, FAICP


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Contact Information

Organization / Work Phone:
(407) 620-5984
Address:

310 Court Street
2nd Floor
Clearwater
FL
33756
United States

FAICP Statement

Whit Blanton's 23 years of experience is a record of consistent accomplishments in leading a variety of catalytic planning projects throughout Florida and the Southeast, such as Plan East Gainesville, which spurred policy reforms and new investment in lower-income minority neighborhoods. The 2011 recipient of the AICP President's Award for Exemplary Practice, Whit pioneered new methods now applied throughout Florida to combat sprawl and reinvest in downtowns and declining commercial corridors, building support for multimodal projects and critical transit investments. His leadership was crucial to APA's adopting a new Transportation Policy Guide and AICP's Advanced Specialty Certification in Transportation Planning. Inducted in 2012.

Professional Biography

Whit Blanton, FAICP, has more than 30 years of planning experience in the public and private sector. He leads a countywide land use and transportation planning agency serving the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area in Florida's Tampa Bay region. Whit's entire career has focused on the integration of land use and transportation planning. As a founding principal of Renaissance Planning, he led many complex multi-jurisdictional planning projects, and served as a national instructor for Transit Oriented Development and land use-transportation planning. In 2015, he became executive director leading the merger of an MPO with a countywide land use agency, rebranded in 2016 as Forward Pinellas. He was an APA Director from 2012 to 2016, served as chair of APA's Education Committee from 2015 to 2018, serves as a member of the APA Legislative & Policy Committee, and has held prior leadership positions with APA's Transportation Planning Division and Divisions Council. He is a native of Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

Education

224944 | University of Florida
Graduation Date: May, 1986
Degree Level: Undergraduate

115306 | Florida State University
Graduation Date: May, 1988
Degree Level: Graduate
Planning Degree

Job History

Renaissance Planning Group
Vice President/Founding Principal
August,1999 - May,2015
Orlando, FL

United States

TransCore (subsidiary of SAIC)
Principal Transportation Planner
June,1997 - June,1999
Orlando, FL

United States

SAIC (acquired JHK & Assoc.)
Principal Transportation Planner
May,1995 - May,1997
Orlando, FL

United States

JHK & Associates
Transportation Planner
June,1988 - May,1995
Orlando, FL

United States

Tallahassee Housing Foundation
Weatherization Coordinator
August,1987 - June,1988
Part time
Tallahassee, FL

United States

Florida House of Representatives
Legislative Analyst
August,1986 - August,1987
Part time
Tallahassee, FL

United States

Forward Pinellas (the Pinellas Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Org.)
Executive Director
June,2015 - Present
Clearwater, FL
33756
United States