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Joseph Scorcio

Posted in: About Us by Eric Sopp on September 19, 2009

Joseph Scorcio, AICP, recently became the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of SeaTac, Washington after completing 29 years with Pierce County, Washington. Joe held numerous management positions with Pierce County, including Deputy Utility Manager, Public Development Manager, Assistant Public Works and Utilities Director, Communication and Accountability Manager, Special Assistant to the County Executive, and Director of the County’s Planning Department.

Joe spent another decade as a professional planner for both Kootenai County, Idaho and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Throughout his career Joe has represented county issues on numerous professional, legislative and rule-making bodies covering such areas as growth management planning, environmental standards (e.g., air quality standards, biosolids utilization, environmental review processes) and natural resource utilization (e.g., sand and gravel supply protection, urban and community forestry resources).

Joe has been steadily involved with professional organizations throughout his career, including NACO, NACP, American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. He has served on both the boards of the Inland Empire Section (charter) and Puget Sound Section of the Washington APA Chapter, including time as President of the Puget Sound Section and member of the Washington APA Chapter Board. Joe was on the Host Committee and Co-Chair of Hospitality Committee for APA’s 1999 National Conference in Seattle. Joe regularly serves on ad hoc and special purpose committees for APA and ULI.

Joe has Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Idaho, additional graduate studies from Eastern Washington University, and a variety of certificates for specialized training in planning, environmental, group facilitation and management. Away from the planning profession and his work, Joe continues to serve on numerous community and academic boards and commissions. Joe is currently completing his 12th year on the Washington Community Forestry Council (including seven as President).