During his +30-year professional career, Greg Lipscomb has served both public- and private-sector clients as a full-time employee and/or contractual planning consultant. He is a practicing New Urbanist who subscribes to the notion that the most attractive, memorable, successful and sustainable communities are built one neighbor at a time. Lipscomb has over 15 years of experience in the public-sector; writing and administering land development regulations, state and federal grants, comprehensive and strategic plans for community and economic development programs. He specializes in affecting exceptional organizational outcomes and developing process efficiencies that result in enhanced customer service and/or profitability. In 1998, Greg completed the development of a comprehensive community and economic development strategy for a depressed region of Appalachia. Fifteen municipalities and countless unincorporated communities worked together for 2 years to conceptualize, develop and adopt a detailed Action Plan for economic revitalization. The Upper Kanawha Valley of Kanawha and Fayette counties, West Virginia was one of 20 Federal Enterprise Communities selected for 10-year funding totaling over $400 million. EZ/EC Grant Program Managers were invited to dinner at the White House with President Clinton and Vice President Gore. Of special concern to Mr. Lipscomb are the rapidly growing populations of homeless, low-income households, and elderly. To address these pressing community needs, Greg has voluntarily worked to develop new emergency shelter facilities for victims of domestic violence, expand public housing programs, organize local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., construct new senior centers; plan, design and fund elderly housing projects. Nationally accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Greg is an active member of several local, state, and national professional, service and advocacy organizations.
May 1977 - Present
Planning Director and Principal
Freelance strategic planning consultant to business, industry and government agencies. Team development and project management for new and innovative start-up programs. Clients include private- and public-sector organizations, as well as P3 projects. Selection of assignments dependent upon ethical issues and specific time demands. Innovative projects preferred. Past project types include demographic studies, market analysis, user-preference surveys, site selection and suitability analysis, conceptual planning, residential, retail and industrial site development, nonresidential conference and meeting center, 130-acre theme park, entitlements, grant writing and administration.
Jun 2007 - Dec 2008
Office Leader (Director of Urban Design + Planning)
Recruited to assume the duties of Charlotte, NC Office Leader for national Architectural/Engineering/Planning practice (4,500 employees), specializing in visioning and consensus-building for multi-county regions, major metropolitan areas, neighborhoods and small areas located throughout the Carolinas. Most recently served as Project Manager for www.OurRegionOurPlan.org, an innovative regional visioning process for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, SC; combining long-range transportation improvement program with strategic land use planning. Short-and long-range urban planning and community development projects, multi-modal transportation programs, development performance standards, financing and implementation programs for public-private partnerships (P3). Clients included state Departments of Transportation, Rail Authority, Port Authority, NC Turnpike Authority, county and municipal government agencies; private-sector real estate developers.
Jun 2005 - Jun 2007
City of North Myrtle Beach, SC
Oversees planning and development activities in a rapidly growing coastal resort community (17.5 million visitors/year). Plans, programs, budgets, staffs, reviews and approves community development programs conducted by professional planners. Supervises technical staff in the preparation of reports, plans, studies, maps and other supporting documents. Analyzes and monitors other governmental department programs, services, problems and needs; recommend project priorities, process improvements, and organizational changes. Administers and amends, as necessary, land use and development regulations that promote sustainable community growth. Recommends policies and methods to better coordinate the services and activities of local, regional, and state agencies. Represents the planning department in public meetings and conferences with municipal, county, regional, state and federal government officials and with private citizens. Performs special assignments as required.
Jun 2003 - Jun 2005
Director of Business Development
PARTNERS Economic Development Corporation, Inc.
Provided government relations and liaison services for prospective investors in Horry County, SC. Coordination of activities with SC Department of Commerce. Prepare and promote applications for State/federal financial assistance and/or special tax credits. Retention and recruitment of major employers. Track and follow-up with business owners and prospective investors. Business planning and mentoring services for start-up and expanding businesses. Planning, design and construction of industrial parks, custom buildings, and flex space facilities. Public relations, PowerPoint presentations and reports. Horry County Council dissolved the Corporation in July 2005.
Mar 2002 - Jun 2003
Director of Planning and Development
Burroughs & Chapin Co., Inc.
Established first planning department for a +100-year-old family-owned corporation, the original developers of the seaside family resort community of Myrtle Beach, SC. Responsible for strategic land use and master planning for over 17,000 acres of company holdings; development of oceanfront, resort, residential, commercial and industrial projects. Managed project planning, design, budgeting, scheduling, permitting and construction. Drafted and promoted public adoption of Planned Unit Development (PUD) ordinances for large-scale (+2,500-acre) projects. Represented corporation in public meetings. Assisted in the development and launch of new, innovative business ventures (i.e., NASCAR SpeedParks, EXPN SkateParks, Broadway at the Beach). Corporate reorganization eliminated planning department in June 2003.
Oct 1999 - Mar 2002
Established first planning services office in Southeast Division of HNTB Corporation. Responsible for marketing and promotion of Architectural/Engineering/Planning services for public- and private-sector clients in Virginia and West Virginia. Preparation of SOQs, proposals, work programs, staffing plans, project schedules, budgets, environmental studies, research reports, client and public presentations. Project management, progress and financial reporting. Public participation, civic engagement, ongoing client and public relations programs. Public speaking engagements. Recruited by client (Burroughs & Chapin Co.) in January 2002.
Apr 1998 - Oct 1999
Kanawha County Commission
Directed community and economic development activities for 1,009 square mile urban/rural county in (Charleston) West Virginia. Managed professional planning staff and administered building permit program, subdivision and flood plain management regulations. Promoted civic engagement activities and conducted public meetings in a wide diversity of communities. Developed and packaged State and federal grant applications (ARC, CDBG, DOT, EDA, FEMA, HUD, USDA), including $400 million grant awarded in Round II of the EZ/EC Initiative. Authored "Twenty-twenty Vision", a comprehensive plan for Kanawha County, WV; adopted in 1999.
1985 - 1999
burroughs & Chapin
Jan 1994 - Apr 1998
Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Corporation, Inc.
Directed community-based, nonprofit EDC first established in 1954. Employed by 21-member Board of Directors representing local financial institutions, (WV) University, governments, business and industry. Responsible for fundraising (+300% increase in annual contributions), planning, programming, staffing, budgeting and management of land development and economic revitalization programs in portions of Kanawha and Fayette counties, WV. Promoted business retention and recruitment activities. Served as government liaison for prospective employers. Procurement of specialty consultant services for community and economic development projects. Public relations, presentations, and public speaking engagements. Promoted activities related to opening of new correctional complex.
Feb 1990 - Dec 1993
Castles Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Established first land planning and design service line in established civil engineering and surveying practice in Myrtle Beach, SC. Marketing and promotion of turn-key land development and site planning services in rapidly growing coastal resort communities. Master planning, permitting and development of large, resort-residential golf course communities (Fazio, Nicklaus, Palmer, Price, Trevino) in the Carolinas and Taiwan, ROC. Residential, commercial, entertainment and industrial site planning. Site selection and suitability analysis. Conceptual and master planning. Site development. Code compliance (Coastal Zone, wetland and stormwater management regulations, zoning, subdivision). Project coordination with architects and engineers. Entitlements and client representation at public meetings. Client and public relations, speaking engagements, press releases, company newsletter editor.
May 1986 - Feb 1990
City of Myrtle Beach
Responsible for drafting, amendment and administration of municipal subdivision, land development, zoning, coastal zone and flood plain management regulations. Review and approval of building permit applications during a period of rapid growth and development in a coastal resort community. Special-purpose planning assignments, including multiple updates of the (city/county) comprehensive plans, community and economic development projects, state and federal grant applications. Initiated, developed and implemented the City's first Public Beach Management Plan, Bikeway Master Plan, Neighborhood Forums, Public Housing Authority, Rental Rehabilitation Program, Senior Center, LMI Senior Housing, Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence, and local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Oct 1983 - May 1986
City of Charleston
Municipal liaison to Charleston Renaissance Corporation, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to revitalization of the Historic Downtown Village District (DVD). Planned, designed, and implemented a variety of programs designed to stimulate private-sector investment and redevelopment, including: National Main Street Program, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, establishment of the Architectural Review Committee, developer applications for federal tax credits, public funding of building façade restoration, streetscape improvement program, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and zoning ordinance amendments that promote key elements of the CBD revitalization program. Amendment and administration of municipal zoning ordinance, subdivision, and flood plain management regulations. Preparation of State and federal grant applications. Grant administration. Project monitoring and management. Special assignments for the City Manager, Mayor and City Council.
May 1979 - Oct 1983
Planning Program Specialist
Regional Intergovernmental Council
Administered regional Transportation Planning Improvement (TIP) and Transportation System Management (TSM) programs. Served on the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation and Arterial Study (KVRTAS) Committee, Specialized Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC), and other public transportation- and transit-related advisory groups. Prepared State and federal grant application packages. Assisted in grant administration. Updated Regional Development Plan (RDP) and other economic development documents. Managed the Census Data User Center for Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam counties. Provided technical assistance and staff support to (member) municipal and county units of government. Newsleter editor, press releases, and public relations.
Jun 1973 - May 1979
Planning Intern/Planner I
Kanawha County Planning Commission
Undergraduate planning intern (1973-77) and Planner I (1977-79) for County Planning Commission. Conducted countywide land use field work and geographic inventory. Hired and managed field crews. Compiled and quantified maps. Amended and administered subdivision regulations. Assisted in the development and administration of State and federal community development grant application programs. Assisted in deployment of the countywide citizen participation program. Assisted in the comprehensive planning process. Drafted annual planning commission work program and budget. Prepared news releases and State planning newsletter articles.
1983 - 1986
West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
Part-time student, evening classes only.
1972 - 1977
Enrolled in the Cooperatve Education Program (1974-77)