Jim is one of America's leading urban planners. Throughout his almost five decade career, he has focused his primary interests and energies on the development of "efficient and effective" land-use controls and "full and fair" infrastructure financing tools. In addition to having served as a consultant to over 300 public sector clients, Jim has directed planning and development programs for Austin, Texas; Hollywood, Florida; and Broward County, Florida. He also served as an advisor to two Florida Governors, co-wrote the nation's first state impact fee enabling act (Texas), and prepared one of the first comprehensive plans to incorporate "consistency and concurrency" (South Miami). Jim co-authored the best-selling APA publication, "Growth Management Principles and Practices" and wrote the "Public Infrastructure" chapter in the ICMA "Planner's Greenbook." He is a regular instructor for APAs popular Planner's Training Service workshop on "Sustainable Development Controls." Jim has served as national president of the American Planning Association and as president of its Florida chapter. His peers have honored him by naming him a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Jim also serves on advisory boards for the Prague Institute of Global Urban Development and the Institute for Local Government Studies. He has a masters degree in regional and city planning from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelors degree in Journalism and political science from the University of Texas at Austin.