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The Folks Who Decide if Bike Projects in Orlando Get Federal Funding Got a New Leader

Never heard of MetroPlan Orlando? It's important to Orlando locals and beyond. It determines how federal and state transportation dollars are spent in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.


This is a screengrab from this Metroplan Orlando video. The man pictured isn't Huttman.



MetroPlan Orlando’s Deputy Executive Director Gary Huttmann will become Executive Director, beginning Sept. 1. The agency’s board approved the leadership change at its July 11 meeting. Mr. Huttmann, who has been with the organization for seven years, will replace Harold W. Barley, who is retiring after 22 years in the top post.


MetroPlan Orlando is the metropolitan planning organization for Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties, setting priorities and determining how federal and state transportation dollars are spent in the region. The agency is a regional transportation partnership and leads long range transportation planning in Central Florida, coordinating with elected officials, industry experts, and the community to shape a system that offers diverse travel options. Its roots go back to the 1970s when the federal government created metropolitan planning organizations to help ensure comprehensive and coordinated transportation planning programs in urban areas across the country.



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Mr. Huttmann was selected to lead the agency after a nationwide search. The MetroPlan Orlando Board’s Personnel Committee interviewed a number of qualified candidates and ultimately recommended that the board name Mr. Huttmann to the position.


Mr. Huttmann has worked for public and private organizations in the region. He started his career in the public sector, which included some time as the Chief Transportation Planner for the City of Orlando. Prior to joining MetroPlan Orlando, he worked in the private sector for two local consulting firms. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.


Mr. Barley came to Central Florida in 1996 to help the organization – then known as the Orlando Urbanized Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – transition to an independent agency, which was renamed MetroPlan Orlando in 1997. He will retire at the end of August.


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