Whit Blanton, FAICP

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Organization / Work Phone:
(407) 622-1721

310 Court Street
2nd Floor
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 is the executive director of Forward Pinellas, a public agency responsible for countywide and regional planning, the countywide land use plan, and setting priorities for transportation funding. Hired in 2015 upon the merger of two agencies, the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Pinellas Planning Council (PPC), Whit reports to a 13-member body of local elected officials. Whit has 33 years of professional planning experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to 2015, he was a founding owner and vice president of Renaissance Planning, based in Orlando. Whit has worked with local, state, federal and regional government agencies on planning projects across the country and traveled extensively to teach training courses and provide technical assistance in transportation and land use planning. Whit has served in national leadership roles for the American Planning Association, including the APA Board of Directors. He is serving as APA Florida President-Elect. Whit received the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) President’s Award for Exemplary Practice in 2011 and earned induction in the AICP College of Fellows in 2012. A graduate of the University of Florida in journalism, Whit also completed his master’s coursework in urban & regional planning at Florida State.


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
United States