For immediate release - September 4, 2007

Lake-Sumter MPO to be featured at state planning conference

LEESBURG — The Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be featured at three different sessions of the 2007 Annual Conference of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (FAPA) on Sept. 5-8 in Orlando.

The FAPA conference is one of the largest state conferences in the nation and is expected to draw more than 700 attendees. The theme of this year's conference, “Planning a Delicate Balance,” focuses on the design of good development while balancing and preserving Florida's limited resources for future generations. Different sessions will focus on a variety of development issues encountered during a master-planning process, including three sessions led by Lake-Sumter MPO staffers.

Thursday, Sept. 6, Thinking Outside the Box: The Central Florida MPO Alliance" — Attendees will hear from a regional partnership that treats mass transit as an equal to the roadway in long-term planning efforts. T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Lake-Sumter MPO, moderates a panel that includes local transportation officials from the Ocala-Marion Transportation Planning Organization, MetroPlan Orlando and Volusia County MPO.

Friday, Sept. 7, "Together Toward Tomorrow and From Master Plan to Concept and Development Study" — Lake-Sumter MPO Chief Planner Thomas Burke will join other transportation officials to present two effective approaches to transportation planning in Central Florida: one through the eyes of the Florida Department of Transportation and the other through the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.

Saturday, Sept. 8, "Planning for Rural Areas" — Fish will join fellow Lake County residents, Ken LaRoe of Florida Choice Bank and Sean Parks of Environmental Services Inc., to present an engaging discussion of rural planning in Central Florida, including approaches aimed at protecting and enhancing rural areas. The presentation will focus on transportation planning in rural areas, land-use planning, green building, innovative regulatory controls, green printing and land acquisition.

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