Urban Planning Conference

Forsyth Park Fountain

The Presenters and the Presentation Titles

Presenters of the conference consist of various planning professionals, public administrators, college professors, tourism experts, design professionals, and historic preservationists.  The presenters and their presentation titles are as follows:

  1. Dr. Felicia Bell, The Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century
  2. Michael Brown, Developing Strategic Plans for Municipal Funding to Support the Cultural and Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
  3. Daniel Carey, The Founding of the Historic Savannah Foundation and its Continuing Importance to Historic Preservation in Savannah
  4. Dr. Charles J. Elmore, Preserving the Cultural and Physical History of SSU
  5. Dr. Clyde W. Hall, History of Savannah State University
  6. T. Jerry Lominack, Adaptive Reuses and Modern Infill in Historic Districts
  7. Joseph Marinelli, Developing Tourism into an Economic Engine
  8. Susan Myers and Allynne Tosca Owens, Expanding Preservation to Smaller Savannah Neighborhoods
  9. Beth Reiter, Urban Renewal and Beyond: The Role of Savannah City Government in the Establishment of the Landmark Historic District
  10. Christian Sottile, Developing the District: Exploring the Physical Elements of Savannah's Landmark Historic District (including grand streets and public spaces)
  11. Tom Thomson, AICP, Twenty-first Century Comprehensive Planning for Historic Resources and Economic Development
  12. Thomas D. Wilson, AICP, Urban Planning and The Oglethorpe Plan: A Savannah Legacy

The Presentations for the Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits

The American Planning Association has approved six lectures in the 2013 Urban Planning Conference for the CM credits for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) holders as follows:

  1. Michael Brown, Developing Strategic Plans for Municipal Funding to Support the Cultural and Economic Benefits of Historic Preservation
  2. T. Jerry Lominack, Adaptive Reuses and Modern Infill in Historic Districts
  3. Beth Reiter, Urban Renewal and Beyond: The Role of Savannah City Government in the Establishment of the Landmark Historic District
  4. Christian Sottile, Developing the District: Exploring the Physical Elements of Savannah's Landmark Historic District (including grand streets and public spaces)
  5. Tom Thomson, AICP, Twenty-first Century Comprehensive Planning for Historic Resources and Economic Development
  6. Thomas D. Wilson, AICP, Urban Planning and The Oglethorpe Plan: A Savannah Legacy

For more information about the CM credits in the 2013 Urban Planning Conference, visit http://www.planning.org/cm/search/event.htm?EventID=22965

 

Profiles of the Presenters

Dr. Felicia Bell, Assistant Professor of History at Savannah State University


Felicia A. Bell, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of History at Savannah State University where she began teaching in August 2011.  Her areas of expertise are colonial and early America, labor history, and public history.  Dr. Bell is thrilled to be teaching at her Alma Mater where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1998.  She also earned a Master of Arts degree in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design (2002) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in U. S. History from Howard University (2009).  For the previous 13 years, Dr. Bell directed educational programs at the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Georgia and at the U. S. Capitol Historical Society in Washington, DC.  Her research and expert witness testimony before Congress resulted in a bill to name the U. S. Capitol Visitor Center’s great hall, “Emancipation Hall.”  The bill was passed in the House, unanimously in the Senate, and signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2007.  Dr. Bell has consulted for several museums, appeared on various media outlets, and her scholarship has been recognized by numerous organizations including the Savannah State University Foundation, Inc. Hall of Fame and the Architect of the Capitol.        

Michael B. Brown, former Savannah City Manager

Michael B. Brown is one of America’s most talented and distinguished public administrators.  Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts (Government) and Master of Arts (Public Administration) from the University of Virginia where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa.  He has lead many municipal governments in states such as Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and Connecticut. His numerous awards include: ICMA Program Excellence Award for Outstanding Partnerships, 2004; ICMA Public Safety Program Excellence Award, 2000; “Georgia Trend” Magazine and University of Georgia Excellence in Public Service Award, 2006; GA Municipal Association Trendsetter Award, 2005, and City of Excellence Awards for Savannah GA and Columbus GA.  Currently, Michael B. Brown is the principal of the municipal services consultancy, Brown Pelican LLC.

Daniel Carey, President and CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF).

The HSF was founded in 1955 and is one of the premier historic preservation organizations in the USA.  Under Mr. Carey’s leadership, HSF has seven staff members and a trustee board of thirty.  Daniel Carey received his undergraduate educate from the University of Notre Dame, and Master’s degree in Folk Studies/Historic Preservation from Western Kentucky University.  He began his career in preservation at the Office of Historic Properties in Frankfort, KY; and in 1991 moved to Charleston, SC to work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).  After nearly ten years serving in the Southern Office he moved to Fort Worth, TX to run the Southwest Office of the NTHP.  He began his tenure at HSF in December of 2008. 

Charles J. Elmore, Interim Chair of the Mass Communication Department at Savannah State University


Charles J. Elmore, Ph.D is a retired professor emeritus of Humanities-Savannah State University (SSU). Currently, he is serving as the interim chair of the Mass Communication Department at SSU. He has published in refereed and non-refereed journals, and is noted as an authority on black history in Savannah, African American religious history, history of Savannah, jazz history, jazz history from an Afrocentric perspective, African American oral tradition, African American literature/poetry, history of Savannah State University, and role of blacks in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.  Charles J. Elmore has served on the Board of Curators, Georgia Historical Society (GHS), and GHS’s Historical Marker Committee. He was appointed by the Honorable Roy Barnes, (former) Governor of Georgia, to the Civil War Commission from 2000 – 2003.   In 1997 he was named Regents’ Distinguished Professor (Savannah State University).  Two years later in 1999, he was one of the six recipients of the prestigious Governor’s Award in the Humanities for his efforts in preserving and sharing African American history and culture. In 2002, he was awarded the Beach Institute Education Award by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, Inc. Also, in 2002, he appeared as a consulting historian in episode four of Georgia Public Television’s production Georgia’s Civil War.  The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum awarded him the W. W. Law History Award in December 2003. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Coastal Heritage Society and City of Savannah’s Historic District Review Board.  In 2006, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Regional Press Institute (Savannah State University) as well as its Louis J. Corsetti Award for Excellence in Journalism (2009). In 2010, he was recognized as an outstanding educator and historian by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

Dr. Clyde Hall, former Acting President of Savannah State University, Author, Historian


Clyde Hall, Ph.D is a retired engineering academic, and acting president of Savannah State University (1978-80). In retirement he spent much of his time researching and documenting educational events, places and contributions of educators in the state of Georgia.  Included in his research is the history of Savannah State University, One Hundred Years of Educating at Savannah State College.  Clyde Hall’s many awards include the Education Award from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation (Savannah-2011).

T. Jerry Lominack, Architect - Partner, Lominack Kolman Smith

Jerry Lominack is a registered architect in Georgia with nearly 50 years of extensive experience in the practice of architecture.  He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Clemson University, SC in 1963. His professional awards include: an AIA Georgia, Bronze Medal 2004, AIA Georgia, the Bernard B. Rothschild Award 2008, and a Historic Savannah Foundation, Personal Achievement Award, 2008.  Mr. Lominack’s professional affiliations include:  American Institute of Architects, AIA Georgia (2004 President), AIA Savannah (1974 & 2002 President),Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (2005-Present Board of Directors, 2004-2008 Planning Committee Chair, 2009-2011 (Vice-Chair) City of Savannah, (Tourism Advisory Committee, Historic District Board of Review), Historic Savannah Foundation (Member), and Leadership Savannah (Member and Former Board Member).  Lominack Kolman Smith is a leading architectural and design firm receiving many honors including the Historic Preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation for the Pin Point Heritage Museum project, and an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia chapter’s Merit Award for the Ellis Square Redevelopment & Hospitality Center, and was  featured in The Georgia Architect (October 2011).

Joseph Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah, Georgia


Formerly known as the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mr. Marinelli has over 25 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Prior to taking the helm of Visit Savannah in January 2007, he served as Senior Vice President at Experience Columbus, the convention bureau for the Columbus, Ohio region.  Prior to his 10-year stint in Columbus, Mr. Marinelli served in numerous sales and marketing positions for Westin Hotels and Resorts in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Washington D.C. and at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City.  Currently, he is a member of the statewide board of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, as well as nationally with the Destination Marketing Association International.  His local affiliations include the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Savannah Music Festival, The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum Board of Trustees and United Way of the Coastal Empire Board of Directors.  Among Mr. Marinelli’s professional memberships are the American Society of Association Executives, Professional Convention Management Association and Meeting Professionals International.

Susan Myers, Preservationist/Former Historic Savannah Foundation President


Susan Riley Myers is a preservationist and real estate professional.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the University of Georgia and Bachelor of Arts degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design.  As a real estate professional with the internationally recognized Celia Dunn's Sotheby's International Realty, she shares her knowledge and love of historic properties with people from around the world. Her connection to historic properties began later in life after she had married and had her daughter. The family returned to Savannah after living in London and purchased their 1840-era home in the historic Landmark District.  Susan Riley is active in the Savannah community and has served on the boards of Historic Savannah Foundation and King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.  She continues to be active in the Savannah community and is a current member of the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Susan Myers played a significant role in assisting with refurbishing many of Savannah’s historic squares, and preserving cottages in the Beach Institute Neighborhood.

Allynne Tosca Owens, MAURP, SSU Political Science Instructor


Allynne Tosca Owens is an instructor/lecturer in the Political Science Department at Savannah State University (SSU).  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology (1978) from SSU and Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (MAURP/1986) from the University of Florida.  She has been active in the Savannah community; previously serving on the trustee board of the Historic Savannah Foundation and board of directors for the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.  Ms. Owens’ graduate thesis was on historic preservation and Savannah’s Beach Institute Neighborhood.  She served as the City of Savannah’s lead staff on the West Savannah Revitalization Plan (WSRP 2005) and worked with Boston-based Goody, Clancy and Associates (WSRP project consultants).  As an economic development professional with the City of Savannah, she supervised research projects that lead to the documentation and placement of two historic markers (Pierce Butler’s 1959 Slave Sale and childhood home of journalism Robert Abbott).  In 2011, she served as the lead coordinator in collaboration with the King-Tisdell Foundation for a lecture by Emory University doctoral student KwesiDeGraft-Hanson on Georgia’s largest slave sale (1859).  Ms. Owens’ involvement in documenting the history surrounding the 1859 event is included in an article by Mr. DeGraft Hanson in Southern Spaces.

Beth Reiter, Preservationist/Retired-City of Savannah Preservation Officer

Beth Reiter is a native Savannahian and has been active in preservation since 1968 as an author, lecturer, instructor, consultant and planner. She retired as Director of the Historic Preservation Department at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission in April 2010. In 2012, she launched Savannah ArchiTours which specializes in walking tours of Savannah architecture, history and the Historic Landmark District’s preservation story. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in history of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Beth Reiter has received numerous awards including American Institute of Architects (AIA) Savannah chapter Presidential Citation in 2010, Sigma Delta Tau Honor Society (Savannah College of Art and Design) in 2000, and Leopold Adler II Historic Preservation Award by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation in 1999.  As the City of Savannah’s preservation officer she supervised and led the policy development and enforcement of preservation regulations for Savannah’s Landmark Historic District and numerous other historic districts in the Savannah area.

Christian Sottile, Principal, Sottile & Sottile Urban Design, and Dean of the School of Building Arts SCAD


Christian Sottile is a principal in the internationally recognized urban design firm, Sottile & Sottile and dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).  He earned a Master of Arts in Architecture (1997) from SCAD and Master of Arts (M.Arch.II) in Architecture and Urban Design from Syracuse University (1999).  He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Arts Administrators. Christian Sottile has published numerous articles, such publications include: Architectural Digest, SCAD Museum of Art-February 2012, Blueprint-United Kingdom, SCAD Museum of Art-February 2012, Preservation Magazine, New Life for an Old Depot-December 2011 and an article entitled The Next Big Ideas for Urban Land Institute. As a lecturer, presentation venues include:  an American Planning Association’s national conference panel on Human Design Principles and New York Project for Public Spaces-Livability Forum.  His many awards include:  AIA National Honor Award for Urban Design (2010 and 1998), AIA Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation (2003) and USA Today, Top 100 Academics in the Nation (1998).  Christian Sottile was taught design internationally.  Sottile’s artist statement:  “Make it so beautiful it breaks their hearts; fills their minds with wonder and awakens their souls to awe.”

Tom Thomson, AICP, Executive Director of the Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission


Tom Thomson is the executive director of the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission.  In this position he is responsible for long-range planning, zoning, development reviews, historic preservation regulations and development reviews, transportation planning, and other review functions, research and policy formation required for the comprehensive planning needs in the Savannah area.  Mr. Thomson graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering.  He has served in executive positions in engineering and planning in many communities including Tampa, Miami and Savannah.

Thomas D. Wilson, AICP, Urban Planner, Writer and Independent Scholar

Tom Wilson is a city planner who lives in Port Royal, South Carolina. He is currently researching the origin of the plan for the Province of Carolina, developed by Anthony Ashley Cooper and the philosopher John Locke; and he is writing a book on the subject to be entitled The Ashley Cooper Plan. His previous book, The Oglethorpe Plan, was published by University of Virginia Press in August, 2012. Wilson has served as Director of Comprehensive Planning for the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission in Savannah, Georgia;  Planning Director for Beaufort County, South Carolina; Research Associate with Florida International University in Miami;  Assistant Planning Director for the City of Key West; and Research Associate with the Urban Institute. Plans adopted under Wilson’s leadership have received awards in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  He served in the Peace Corps in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Wilson earned a Master of Science in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University in 1976, with emphasis in quantitative methods and regional planning; and a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University.