Mitchell Silver

Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer in the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. Current President of the American Planning Association.

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Mitchell Silver is president of the American Planning Association (APA). Mr. Silver is also the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Silver is an award-winning planner with over 27 years of experience in the public and private sectors in New York City, Washington, D.C and Raleigh, NC. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues.

Known by his colleagues as a creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans.  As planning director in Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process to create a vibrant 21st century city with a modern transit system, great streets, great places and great neighborhoods. He is now overseeing a rewrite of the City’s Development Code.  

Mr. Silver is a contributing editor and author of ICMA’s “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice.” Mr. Silver’s work and commentary has been featured in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Atlantic Cities, Planning Magazine, the Triangle Business Journal, the Urban Times, Crain’s Business Journal, BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR).

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