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The ECFRPC Appoints Tara McCue, AICP as the next Executive Director

Updated: May 4, 2022


The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Appoints Tara McCue, AICP as the next Executive Director.

After a nationwide search, the Executive Committee has chosen to appoint Tara McCue, AICP as the next Executive Director for the Planning Council.

Orlando, Florida (April 7, 2022) - The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) voted at the March 2022 Council Meeting to tap Tara McCue, AICP as the next Executive Director for the agency. An experienced planner and regional collaborator, McCue will succeed Hugh W. Harling, Jr., PE., who is retiring after serving as the Executive Director for nearly a decade.

“It has been a highlight of mine to serve as the Executive Director for the ECFRPC,” explained Hugh W. Harling, Jr. “During my tenure, I’ve worked closely with Tara, as she served as the Director of Planning and Community Development and as my Deputy Director. Her passion for the region and planning is just what is needed to bring fresh life to ECFRPC, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. This diamond anniversary is all the more special with McCue’s appointment.”

McCue began at the RPC in 2003 as an intern leading the region's first sea level rise study. Since then, she has advanced through the agency, working across the ECFRPC's program areas on numerous crucial projects in the region and has played an instrumental role in regional resilience efforts in east central Florida. Most recently, she served as the agency's Deputy Director, where she continued to work with regional partners and the council board to advance the agency’s mission and support local and regional projects.

“The past two decades at the ECFRPC have been an incredible journey for me, and I’m very grateful to everyone at the Planning Council for their support,” noted McCue. “As Executive Director, I look forward to continuing to work with the talented team at the RPC, our board, and partners on the important and innovative work of the agency and to collaborate on groundbreaking projects and partnerships to address regional priorities and challenges together.”

McCue is a certified planner with a Master’s in Environmental Resource Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

About the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Established in 1962 as an area-wide association of governments, the ECFRPC is represented by 32 Council members and a skilled staff that provides technical assistance to governments and organizations within the East Central Florida region. The ECFRPC covers eight counties in East Central Florida, including Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. These eight counties include 78 towns and cities.

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