Deputy Director, City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Sustainable Development

Jeremy Earle, AICP, ASLA, FRA-RA is currently a Deputy Director in the Department of Sustainable Development for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  In addition to being an award winning landscape architect and urban planner, he has also won numerous awards and accolades for the creation of programs relating to sustainability, redevelopment and economic development. Mr. Earle is considered by many to be an expert in the fields of redevelopment and revitalization of distressed urban communities.  He has considerable experience working in both the public and private sectors, as a consultant with a large engineering and design firm, an Asset Manager for a large national homebuilder, and in government in his former role as the Executive Director for the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency which is located in Broward County, Florida.  Through his leadership the City of Dania Beach is going through a tremendous renaissance, with major real estate development projects that are either coming out of the ground or will be doing so over the next 2-3 years. The public and private partnerships which he spearheaded will generate almost a billion dollars’ worth of private sector investment over the next 3 years and will create thousands of new jobs. 

Mr. Earle, an innovator, is at the forefront of providing local access to healthy foods and promoting economic development in distressed urban communities in Broward County through the creation of one of the nation’s first multijurisdictional governmental collaborations called PATCH ™ which stands for People’s Access to Community Horticulture. This joint effort between local government, the private sector and other non-governmental partners, seeks to utilize government or non-profit owned real estate in order to create a large sustainable market garden network in Broward County, which provides locally grown, non-GMO vegetables to local restaurants, create jobs, provide educational opportunities, and addresses community health issues.