Dennis J. Smith, Growth Management Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), was named DURP’s new Planner-in-Residence in July 2017. Prior to joining FDOT, he spent 12 years in the private sector managing disaster recovery and emergency planning projects nationwide. Before that, he was the disaster recovery program administrator for the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
Much of Smith’s work has focused on risks to the built environment, including projects for resiliency, transportation modeling, evacuation planning for high risk areas and vulnerability assessment. He has extensive experience managing state and federal programs and a thorough knowledge of laws relating to land use, transportation and disaster recovery.
Smith is a 1994 DURP graduate and came to his studies in planning at FSU after a stint in the Peace Corps as a community development volunteer in Liberia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.