ULI Central Florida: StimULI- Community Engagement-Parramore


Thursday, November 14th, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am EST


VHB Will open in a new window 225 E. Robinson Street Orlando, FL 32801 UNITED STATES
Community engagement is vital to efforts to revitalize the Parramore neighborhood while respecting its citizens and existing businesses. Join us to learn what impact the development near and in Parramore will have on this community and how key stakeholders are working to bring about equitable community development.


Standard Pricing Until November 11 Members Non-Members
Private $35.00 $55.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $15.00 $20.00
Student $10.00 $20.00
Under Age 35 $25.00 $45.00
Private $39.00 $59.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $19.00 $29.00
Student $19.00 $20.00
Under Age 35 $29.00 $49.00

VHB 225 E. Robinson Street Orlando, FL 32801 UNITED STATES

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Roberta Fennessy

Urban Planning Professor , University of Central Florida

Roberta Fennessy is a multi-faceted architect and urban planner with strong strategic and project management skills. Her in-depth knowledge of land use laws, zoning regulations, and approvals processes, has made her a key figure in navigating projects and clients through various levels of agency and governmental approvals. She has worked in local government as well as for world-renowned architecture firms RMJM Architects and Planners, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as a development and planning consultant whose core experience comprises large‐scale, mixed-use, urban redevelopment projects in markets such as New York City, Newark, New Jersey, Denver, Colorado, and the Central Florida Region. While at SOM, she worked on Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus Plan in West Harlem – successfully navigating the project and client through approvals for the rezoning of 37 acres on Manhattan's west side. She also led the development of the Newark Broad Street Station District Redevelopment Plan – a 2009 NJ Futures Smart Growth Award recipient. Roberta holds an M.S. degree in urban planning from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Florida. Before joining UCF she served as adjunct faculty at Columbia and has been a guest critic at Rollins College and UF. She presently teaches both graduate and undergraduate planning courses and chairs the school's Distinguished Lecture Series in Urban and Regional Planning. She is very active in the Central Florida planning community, and currently serves as the vice-chair of the City of Orlando's Board of Zoning Adjustment.


Eugene Jones

Executive Dean, Downtown Center, Valencia College

Dr. Eugene Jones II, a veteran college administrator with broad experience in workforce learning and outreach to disadvantaged communities, is the Executive Dean for Valencia College’s downtown campus. Prior to joining Valencia, Dr. Jones served as Associate Vice President for baccalaureate and workforce programs at Lake Sumter State College. He has also served as Dean of the Engineering and Information Technology programs at Broward College in South Florida; and as Director of Information Technology Education at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. While in Gainesville, Jones also served as Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper, a mentoring program for young African-American men at Santa Fe College. He also served as Chairman of the East Gainesville Initiative, where he worked with government officials and business partners to provide computer access and education programs to the residents of East Gainesville. Dr. Jones, a Florida native, earned an Associate in Science degree in computer technology from Santa Fe College. He then went on to the University of Florida, where he completed his Bachelor‘s degree in computer science, a Master’s degree in workforce education and a Doctorate in higher education administration and policy. He serves as the lead administrator for Valencia operations at the downtown campus that Valencia will share with the University of Central Florida.


Carmen Rasnick

Urban Planner, Akerman LLP

Carmen Rasnick is a real estate development and urban planning professional who has practiced in both the public and private sectors of Central Florida. Her experience representing the developer and the local government with large-scale public-private partnerships gives her a unique understanding of the challenges both parties face in the development process. She enjoys conducting market research and creating long-term master planning documents focused on: mobility, public art, parks/open space, and municipal capital expenditures. Clients value Carmen’s ability to provide high quality client service due to her ability to view issues from multiple perspectives.