Urban and Regional Planning

Each year, two of the nation’s leading planning experts are invited to Orlando to participate in UCF’s Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures are open to the public and supported by generous contributions from members of the Central Florida planning community, as well as local organizations.

Spring 2020 Lecture

The Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series spring lecture will take place on Thursday, April 2 at UCF Downtown. The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM and will be preceded by a networking happy hour at 5:30PM.

This semester we have the pleasure of welcoming Matt Leavell, a licensed architect and urban planner with the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development.

Free and open to public. Seating is limited.
*Some attendees may be eligible to receive AICP credits.

Registration opens in early March.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

UCF Downtown
Dr. Phillips Academic Commons
528 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Social Hour and Networking
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Light Appetizers and Cash Bar

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lecture Topic

The $143 million effort to transform the 6,150-acre Gulf State Park included a 350-room hotel, a learning campus, dune restoration, an Interpretive Center seeking Living Building certification, and a 28-mile trail network.

The Enhancement Project was originally conceived with the goal of increasing public access to Alabama’s natural resources. But that goal evolved to include a demonstration of how to improve Alabama’s economy through sustainable tourism, cooperative development, southern hospitality, and a confidence in Alabama. Through a series of milestones and challenges, the development team evolved an implementation model for other state agencies or project teams interested in affecting positive change in the state.

About Matt Leavell

Matt Leavell, AIA LEED AP, a licensed architect and urban planner with the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, was the Director of Design and Planning for the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project. He is one of the founding members of the Cahaba Blueway and the board chair for Your Town Alabama, a leadership workshop dedicated to inspiring and educating leaders about the ability of design and planning to assist them in improving their communities.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Metroplan Orlando
GAI Consultants
GAI Consultants
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