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Area-Wide Planning Agency Picks Boston Transportation Expert as Executive Director

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The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council coordinates planning for coordinate planning for Pinellas, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Citrus counties as well as cities in the region.

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council has unanimously chosen Sean T. Sullivan as its new executive director to replace Manny Pumariega, who retired in September after 35 years with the council.

Sullivan is a program manager/environmental specialist for Region One of the Federal Transit Administration in Cambridge, MA. The position is responsible for six states. Sullivan’s experience includes oversight of capital transit projects including extension of the Green Line in Boston and participation with the planning of a Transit Oriented District in Greater Boston. His duties included working with multiple transit agencies, federal and state agencies, regional planning councils/commissions and numerous local governments to provide guidance in economic development, buying and selling of property, capital construction projects, grant development and energy efficiency. He will start work Jan. 11.

“After conducting an extensive national search, the TBRPC has found a unique and different leader who is highly accomplished. He is a proven expert in transportation matters which will be helpful in this region,” Hillsborough County commissioner Victor Crist said. Crist is chair of the TBRPC.

“This is the most important decision this board may have to make,” Crist added. “We need a fresh perspective in our leadership and new ideas for innovation as we continue to build upon the great legacy of this organization. Sean is a collaborator and just the person to take the TBRPC and our region to the next level.”

Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, who represents Pasco County on the TBRPC and  served on the search committee, also praised Sullivan, saying, “I am delighted to welcome Sean Sullivan to the Tampa Bay region. His background in transportation, economic development and planning will be an asset to the community.”

Commissioner Janet Long, who represents Pinellas County on the TBRC, agreed: “Mr. Sullivan is just what this organization needs. I am very excited about the expertise and experience he will bring to the council and I look forward to working with him on moving our region forward on the important issues facing our local governments and our citizens.”

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