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Town hires principal planner

Alaina Ray started today, March 25, as principal planner for Longboat Key. She will work directly for Planning Zoning & Building Department Director Robin Meyer.

Ray, a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP), has extensive experience with government agencies, citizens and organization. According to her resume and cover letter she has acted as a planning case manager for small and large projects including commercial and industrial development and redevelopment. Ray has experience in presenting items to City Councils, Planning and Zoning Boards and Hearing Examiners.

Ray served as a planner in Lee County, Florida managing entire Planning Departments. Selected to manage a high profile South Florida planning project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while working with PBS&J (now known as Atkins) as part of their Everglades Partners Joint Venture. A previous Sarasota County resident with a strong desire to relocate back to the area. In Ray’s letter to Human Longboat Key’s Human Resources Department she says, “I welcome the opportunity to utilize my experience for the benefit of the residents, businesses, and visitors of Longboat Key.

Ray’s resume lists recent employment as Town of Orange Park, Director of Economic and Community Development from April 2011 to December 20132. Atkins (Formerly PBS&J) Everglades Partners Joint Venture, Jacksonville, Florida from August 2009 to April 2011. City of Rowlett, Texas Assistance Director of Development Services from August 2005 to August 2009. And Lee County Board of County Commissioners, Ft. Myers, Florida from January 2004 to July 2005.

Ray received her B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Major in Environmental Studies/Natural Sciences, a Minor in Business Management. Her professional affiliations are listed as: Certified Planner, American Institute of Certified Planners (2008 – Present); American Planning Association (2007 – Present); Florida Chapter of American Planning Association (2009 – Present).

Ray has been recognized by the Department of the Army with a Certificate of Appreciation in Dec. 2010 and a City Manager’s Award for Outstanding Service, City of Rowlett in 2009 and 2008.

Ray will be given a six-month probationary period. She will initially report to Human Resources for orientation at which time an Oath of Office will be administered.

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