Sharon L. Murray, AICP and David E. White, AICP have achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for their outstanding achievements in planning. Fellowship is granted to planners who have achieved certification through the American Planning Association’s (APA) professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Invitations to join the College of Fellows come after a thorough nomination and review process, ensuring the candidate has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the planning profession. There were 64 planner inducted into the College of Fellows this year during APA’s National Planning Conference in April.

Sharon L. Murray, AICP is the Principal of Front Porch Community Planning & Design, with 30 years of planning practice both in the public and private sectors in Vermont. Her contributions to planning in Vermont and to the planning profession, have earned her the reputation as the credible expert in land use law and policy across Northern New England for both professional planners and lay audiences. Notably, her long-time leadership as a legislative liaison and advisor have provided Vermont planners with a trusted voice in working with and educating state and federal legislators on the methods and values of sound planning.

David E. White, AICP is the Director of Planning & Zoning in Burlington, Vermont with 30 years of planning practice at the local and regional levels. His contributions to planning in the communities he has worked is characterized by his creativity and innovation in his approach to planning, community engagement, and policy-making. In particular, David’s advocacy elevated the Planning & Zoning Department’s and the Burlington community’s attention to long-range planning efforts, most notably through the creation of planBTV: Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan. The plan and planning process has laid the foundation for reinvestment taking place in the City’s downtown core, and has been used as a model for many communities in New England and around the country.

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