Rich Carson is currently a Senior Associate with Citygate Associates and manager of their Pacific Northwest office covering Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Citygate provides consulting services to local and state government in terms of general management, strategic planning, organizational development, community development and leadership development. Rich Carson is the former President of the Southwest Section of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and former state board member. He was an elected official of the Oregon APA Chapter and the editor of Oregon Planners' Journal.
by Richard H. Carson
Rich currently maintains the American Planning Association's Planning Publications Directory website and was an Urban Studies editor for Zeal/LookSmart and the Open Directory Project, the Web's largest Internet directories He is currently a contributor with Wikipedia, which is a free Internet encyclopedia with almost 4 million articles.
Rich was the Director of Clark County's Community Development Department in Vancouver, Washington which has 165 employees, $17 million in annual revenues and $588 million in new construction annually. He was the director of METRO (the Portland area's regional government with jurisdiction over 1.2 million people) and acting city manager/director of Community Development for Oregon City. He was a member of the Mayor's Growth Management Committee for Portland, Oregon and a a member of executive council for the Oregon/Southwest Washington council of the Urban Land Institute.
Rich has a Masters of Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR) and a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University (Portland, OR). Rich is currently pursuing a doctorate degree [Ph.D.] through Washington State University.
Rich lecturers as well as writes and can be reached through EcoSpeakers. He has written over 100 essays for national and regional publications including Planning magazine, Architecture magazine;Archis, Urbanicity, and Planum magazines (Europe); Public Management; Land Development Today;Professional Surveyor;Business America; and was interviewed on Smart City (National Public Radio).