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Michael Gallis

Michael Gallis is widely considered one of the country’s leading experts in large-scale metropolitan regional development strategies. His firm pioneered a specialty in building frameworks through which public, private and institutional leaders have been mobilized to develop new ways of responding to the challenges and opportunities of states and regions in the 21st century.

, a strategic planning and design firm, was formed in 1988. Since that time, the company has grown to become a multi-disciplinary firm advising regions, states and national governments in the development of integrated regional, national and global strategies. The firm also specializes in transportation, airport and economic development and environmental strategies. has received many awards and honors, including a National Design Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and two National Economic Development awards.

Mr. Gallis consulted with the National Surface Transportation Revenue and Study Commission in 2007 and 2008 on developing the "Big Picture" component of the vision for US transportation in the 21st century. He was invited to speak before the Committee on Transportation and the Environment of the US House of Representatives in January of 2009 and testified in the US Senate to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee.

His firm has completed strategic development and transportation programs for a number of cities and regions including Detroit, Cincinnati, Memphis, Mobile, West Michigan, Orlando, San Diego and Charlotte, as well as for several states, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, New York and New Jersey and for nations including Canada and the US.

He has been a featured speaker and seminar leader for a variety of international and national meetings and conferences on subjects ranging from urban development and regional planning to transportation, economic development and technology. He delivered the keynote address at a conference on technology at the Royal Academy in London, and at a conference on sustainable infrastructure at the US National Academy of Sciences. He has appeared as a commentator on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, and in the LPB documentary “Return to the Forest Where We Live”.

Mr. Gallis has served on numerous boards and commissions. He recently served on the board of American Forests, Washington DC, and has served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on a Competitive North Carolina, the Advisory Board of the International Congress of the Atlantic Rim and the Mayor’s International Cabinet. He also was selected to join a technical assistance team sent to Poland, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, to provide advice on major metropolitan development. Gallis is a member of the Founding Board of the International Radical Innovation Institute, which is focused on accelerating the process of commercializing radical innovations in technology and helping societies and governments to better prepare for their impacts.

Mr. Gallis was an associate professor of architecture and planning in the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1974 to 1997. In 1990 he was selected as the first Fellow at the Urban Institute of UNCC. Gallis received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and two Master’s degrees – one in Architecture and one in City Planning – from the University of Pennsylvania.

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