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Richard L. Levey, Ph.D., AICP

Richard L. Levey, Ph.D., AICP

Managing Director

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Dr. Richard Levey is a land use and real estate development executive with extensive experience in public and private sector economic development strategy and execution. An established expert in his field, he has extensive experience serving the Central Florida area.


Dr. Levey served as the City of Orlando’s City Planning Bureau Chief before taking on the role as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in 1999. As CAO, he directed the day-to-day operations of Orlando’s full service municipal government while orchestrating an aggressive economic development program that resulted in the rapid expansion of private sector employment throughout the city. 

In 2005, Dr. Levey made a shift out of the public sector, taking the position of Director of Entitlements at Donald W. McIntosh & Associates. During his time at this privately held engineering firm, he directed the company’s land entitlement business and managed the processes of obtaining governmental approvals – from conceptualization through detailed permitting – for numerous commercial, residential and mixed-use projects.

In 2007, Dr. Levey became the Vice President of Lake Nona Property Holdings, LLC (Now Tavistock Development Company). In this role, he directed Lake Nona’s master planning, entitlements, community design, governmental relations, environmental permitting, development permitting, asset management and community governance programs. Dr. Levey leveraged his extensive background in economic development, public finance, organizational management, and public-private partnerships to help Tavistock attract new employment in all sectors, including healthcare, biotechnology, and medical education. In addition to Lake Nona, he also provided development advisory services to other Tavistock holdings in the U.S and abroad.

In 2012, Dr. Levey founded an independent consulting firm providing strategic advisory services to local governments and private investors. In addition to the Lake Nona Medical City, he has developed plans for the St. Petersburg Innovation District, the Green Cities Miami Health and Wellness District, and the Wolf Branch Innovation District in Lake County. He is currently managing several strategic land development initiatives for Tavistock in Central Florida.

Dr. Levey has an elaborate public sector network in the state of Florida through his involvement as a Board Member of the Sunshine State Government Finance Commission, and participation in Leadership Florida and Leadership Orlando.  A graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he has lectured at numerous state and national conferences and is currently an Adjunct Instructor with the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Levey received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Policy Research from the University of Central Florida. He has a MA in Geography/Spatial Analysis of Land Use from Arizona State University and a BA in Geography/Urban Studies from Wittenberg University.

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