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Barry Seymour

Barry Seymour serves as Executive Director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the regional planning forum for the Greater Philadelphia region, with a focus on transportation, land use, the environment and economic growth.

As both staff director and liaison to the DVRPC Board, Mr. Seymour has the primary responsibility to craft a regional agenda and an annual work program. DVRPC’s long-range plan and short-term Transportation Improvement Program allocates over $1 billion annually for transportation improvements across the region. In his time at DVRPC, Mr. Seymour instituted the first municipal grant program for revitalization of urban neighborhoods and older suburban communities, spearheaded the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Smart Transportation initiative, oversaw a regional food system plan, and is now directing efforts to improve energy efficiency in the region. He is a recipient of the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

Mr. Seymour is active on a wide variety of public and civic endeavors in the Philadelphia region and nationally, including the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance, the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia Chapter, Friends of Independence National Historical Park, and the Montgomery County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Task Force. He currently serves on the Board and the Executive Directors Council of the National Association of Regional Councils, and on several national committees for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science. He previously served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Planning Association, and on the Narberth Borough Planning Commission, where he resides with his family.

Prior to relocating to Philadelphia, Mr. Seymour was Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Department of City Planning, and an Environmental Planner with the Long Island Regional Planning Board. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.