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Sara Kidd, Senior Regional Planner

Ms. Sara J. Kidd has been with the HRPDC since 2003, first as the Environmental GIS Planner and currently as the Senior Regional Planner. She has over 12 years of professional GIS experience in data creation, analysis, and management. Ms. Kidd regularly coordinates with local and state GIS professionals and serves as a member of the GIS/Technology Committee with the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions (VAPDC). In addition coordinating GIS activities at the HRPDC, Ms. Kidd was the lead planner for the Hampton Roads Regional Green Infrastructure Plan. She has been involved in developing several comprehensive plans and parks and recreation plans and also coordinates regional trail planning efforts. Ms. Kidd earned Geographic Information System Professional (GISP) certification in 2008. She received a B.A. in Geography and Earth Science and a GIS Certificate from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Alabama.

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Matt Smith, Senior Regional Planner

Matt Smith joined the HRPDC staff as a Senior Regional Planner in September 2017. He works in the areas of strategic, environmental, and economic development planning, and will provide planning support to member localities.

Prior to joining the HRPDC, Matt worked in the City of Hampton’s Community Development Department, where he held the positions of City Planner and most recently, Deputy Zoning Administrator. While in Hampton, Matt helped lead the City’s resilience planning efforts and adoption of the Fort Monroe Land Use Plan. As Deputy Zoning Administrator, Matt shared responsibility for administration of Hampton’s zoning ordinance, including flood zone and Chesapeake Bay Act regulations. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has a B.A. in American History from Washington and Lee University. During graduate school, Matt worked at the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization providing GIS support for TPO projects.

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