Tony Palermo, AICP (Candidate for Vice-President for Membership Services)

Tony Palermo, AICP

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Director of Community Development Department, Fort Myers, FL, (2017-present)
  • Senior Planner, Lee County, Fort Myers, FL (2002-2017)
  • Project Coordinator, Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development, Sarasota, FL (1999-2002)
  • Planner, Charlotte County, Port Charlotte, FL (1997-1999)
  • Staff Writer, Charlotte Sun Herald, Port Charlotte, FL (1994-1997)

Educational Background:

  • George Washington University, Washington, DC, Masters in Public Administration 1993; BA in Political Communication 1991.
  • Pine View School, Sarasota, FL (HS Diploma), 1987.

APA Florida/APA Experience:

  • Promised Lands Section Chair, 2013-2017
  • Promised Lands Professional Development Officer, 2011-2013
  • Presented at APA Florida conference 2012 in Naples and 2013 in Orlando
  • AICP member since 2007
  • Planning Magazine Article “Change After Charley” published August-September 2005
  • Active member of APA, FPZA and ULI

Position Statement
I really enjoyed my experience as Promised Lands Section Chair. We promote the art and profession of planning.  We bring high-quality programs to our members. We help APA Florida Chapter be the best in the nation.  And we have a great time doing it. APA Florida provides excellent state conferences and helps us put on educational, professional development and social events all over the state.  APA Florida is also diverse – old, young, east coast, west coast, from the Panhandle to the Keys. I am running for Membership VP to keep giving to the profession, and to help provide added value to membership to our loyal and dedicated APA Florida members.  I want to serve all members – in urban, suburban and rural Florida. Too many of us see our role as paying our annual dues, getting Planning magazine once a month, and deleting annoying emails every so often. We need to get more value from our APA Florida membership.  That’s my focus – providing excellent and fun programs, listening to the needs of our members, and going the extra mile to meet those needs. APA Florida faces challenging times. We need to retain our loyal members. We need to attract new members. And we need more active and engaged members. I don’t have all the answers.  But I am willing to listen to you, work hard, and follow through. I think the best thing we can do is to get to know our members, listen to them, and help them get their money’s worth out of APA.  I ask you to help me help you get more out of your APA Florida membership and build an even better APA Florida Chapter.