Jay Collins, AICP (Candidate for Vice-President for Conference Services)

Jay Collins, AICP

Professional Experience:

  • Working in the field of comprehensive land use and transportation planning for the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission for the past thirteen years

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Auburn University

APA Florida/APA Experience:

  • Co-Chair – APA Florida Annual Conference – 2016
  • Chair – Sun Coast Section – 2011-2013
  • Vice-Chair – Sun Coast Section 2009-2011

Position Statement
Every year dozens of planners throughout the state volunteer their time and energy for months so that four days in September go like clockwork.  I have had the privilege to work with many of these folks as Co-Chair of the 2016 conference in Tampa and as a conference volunteer during my thirteen years of working here in Florida.  I’m now asking you to allow me to continue to volunteer my time and energy so that we can build on what year in and year out is the very best statewide planning conference of any APA Chapter.

Our conference provides a platform to enhance and expand the role of planning while affording us a mirror into the theory and practice of our professional lives.  The conference allows us to explore new boulevards while traveling old avenues.

We should continue to take great strides in diversifying our conference in the same manner as the field of planning demands diversification.  If elected, I would work to expand the conference to include public health practitioners, allied social sciences, architects, landscape architects, engineering, economic development specialists, housing advocates and community engagement practitioners.  This effort would be realized in the quality and quantity of sessions, workshops, mobile tours, keynote speakers and growing the conference sponsorship.  Our conference should reflect the rigor and demand of our ever-evolving profession.

Our conference is a time to reflect and reenergize.  A time to share a conversation with an old friend while making new ones.  A time to get to know a new city in Florida or seek out old stomping grounds.  It is my hope that on a Monday morning in September you can tell your co-workers about great workshops, engaging speakers, lively mobile tours and even a little fun out on the town after the sun sets.