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Kevin Johns

City of Austin
Austin TX

Mr. Johns is Director of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department (EDD). Kevin has a Masters Degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech and a BA from Case Western Reserve University. He is nationally recognized in the fields of Economic Development, Strategic Planning and Visioning. His accomplishments include over 200 public private partnerships in communities across America. The American Planning Association & U.S. Secretary of HUD gave their 2015 Award for Economic Opportunity Empowerment to his Austin team for the $1 billion Mueller Redevelopment. The Harvard University Ash government Award was given to his Small Business Development Program and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recognized his Department with 4 Gold Medal Awards of Excellence, including, Best Response to Globalization, Best Public Private Partnership, Best Revitalization and Best Business Promotion Strategies. Kevin is a member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, International Economic Development Council, a Board Member of Workforce Solutions Central Texas and an Alumni of the Regional Leadership Institute of Atlanta, Georgia.


Kevin previously was Director of Economic Development for Palm Beach County, Florida. In this capacity he was responsible for implementing 36 public private partnerships imbedded in the 21st Century Strategic Economic Plan. This Plan included an Inland Port to connect the seaports of South Florida in advance of the opening of the Panama Canal, an International Finance District, Intracoastal Waterway Master Plan, and trade agreements with World Trade Centers in the life science centers of Europe. Mr. Johns was also Director of Planning of the Atlanta Office of the Parsons Corporation and was Director of two of the nation’s fastest growing suburbs in metro Atlanta. His Atlanta successes were highlighted in media including the National League of Cities book  “Economic Successes in Small Cities”, NBC Atlanta’s, “In Depth TV Show”, the Urban Land Institute’s Land Development Magazine, Southern Living, the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.