In November, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps Masters International Program in Urban Planning, our own Tony LaColla was selected as the inaugural honoree of the Florida State University (FSU) Outstanding Returning Peace Corp Volunteer Award. Given to an FSU alum who exemplifies the goals of Peace Corps and mission of the Florida State University, Tony works in comprehensive planning, community planning, and historic preservation as senior planner with the Planning Commission.
He is active in numerous professional organizations, serves as the Vice Chair of the American Planning Association’s Gays and Lesbians in Planning Division, as well as the VP of Section Affairs for the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (FAPA).
Tony has previously served as the president of the Suncoast section of FAPA and is currently the president of the Historic Ybor Neighborhood and Civic Association. Tony’s passion for strong neighborhoods and vibrant communities combined with his longstanding commitment to the field of planning made him well qualified to receive this award.