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Linda W. Chapin
Linda W. Chapin, currently Director, Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies, University of Central Florida, has been involved in issues affecting the state and region for decades. She served as the first elected mayor for Orange County, and her tenure included the construction of the nation’s second-largest convention center, a new courthouse, the Regional History Center, and fifteen parks and trails. She has received recognition as the Outstanding Elected Official of the Year from the Florida Planning Association; Alumni of the Year from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and as the first female recipient of the James B. Greene Economic Development Award from the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. She joined the University of Central Florida in 2001, and her work there is focused on growth, the environment, and other social policy issues.