Blueprint Houston has hired a consultant to advise and direct the public outreach effort. He is Gianni Longo of ACP Planning. Longo will will help design and facilitate Blueprint Houston’s public meetings that will occur over the next few months.
Mr. Longo is a founding Principal of ACP, a firm that was formed to improve the livability of communities through the integration of visioning, strategic, and long-range planning, urban design, and related services. For the past two decades, he has pioneered the development of programs designed to involve citizens in the decision making process. Mr. Longo has developed expertise in visioning and strategic planning that has physical and economic development implications. He designed “Vision 2000” in Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the first city visioning programs in the country. The program is now considered one of the most successful vision programs in the nation and is credited with virtually turning around a place once known as “America’s Dirtiest City.” The 40 goals developed during Chattanooga’s “Vision 2000’ resulted in more than a billion dollars in investments.
Most recently, Mr. Longo designed the creative public involvement strategy for “Imagine New York – Giving Voice to the People’s Visions,” an effort that brought together nearly 4,000 people throughout the New York City region to share their ideas and vision for rebuilding lower Manhattan and memorializing the World Trade Center tragedy. He also designed “Vision 2030: Shaping the Future of the Baltimore Region,” a regional vision plan for the future of the five-county Baltimore area, as well as the Vision Plan for Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Myrtle Beach, and many others.
Mr. Longo is an architect by training and has strong physical planning and design expertise. He has been involved in numerous comprehensive planning projects and has been published widely.