Julian H. Perez, AICP, CFM

julian-perezJulian Perez was appointed Director of Economic Development for the City of Coral Gables in December 2019. In this capacity, he is responsible for implementing the City’s economic development strategies, management of the Community Rating System Program, population estimates, floodplain management, and participate in the evaluation of major development projects as a member of the City’s Development Review Committee (DRC). Mr. Perez also worked with a local consulting group on the development of the City’s Comprehensive Economic Study. The data and background information from this study will be used to develop the City’s Economic Development sub-element of the Comprehensive Plan. In 2020, he spearheaded Coral Gables’ COVID-19 Business Reopening Strategic Plan, Small Business Recovery and Technology grants program, Business Recovery Task Force, and participated in the development of the City’s regulatory relief programs to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. Mr. Perez worked closely with the City’s IT Director on the integration of technology into the City’s economic development initiatives through the “Smart City Program.” Mr. Perez has lectured at several national and international conferences on the integration of technology. Mr. Perez is also an Adjunct Professor at FIU Public Administration Department Graduate Program.

Prior to joining Coral Gables, Perez held leadership roles in the City of Doral, Town of Cutler Bay, Village of Palmetto Bay, and the City of South Miami. His responsibilities included implementation of economic development programs, comprehensive plans, land development regulations, review of land development projects, interpretation of zoning and land use regulations, policy development, brownfield redevelopment, art-in-public places programs, solid waste management, and water resource, aviation, strategic, environmental, floodplain management and post-disaster planning.

In the private sector he provided program management consulting services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Military Munitions Response Program, and water resources projects.

Mr. Perez has over 35 years of experience in planning and program management in the private and public sectors. He holds a Master of Science in Planning (Urban and Regional Planning), Master of Arts in International Affairs and Economic Development as well as a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Policy Science from Florida State University. Perez is also a certified planner and floodplain manager in good standing with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Professional Certifications:

• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) – No. 024459
• Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) – No. US 13-07106
• Member of the American Planning Association (APA) No. 207331
• FEMA Certified Incident Command System (ICS) 100C; 200,c;700.b and 800.d.

Professional Service Awards:

• 2021 Recipient of the APA Florida Gold Coast Oliver Kerr Lifetime Achievement Award
• Recipient of the Cybertrust Pioneer in Local Governments 2021 Award


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