Henry F. Bittaker, formerly of Wilmington, has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for his outstanding achievements in environmental planning and planning leadership.
Bittaker spent his late high school years in Wilmington (class of 1966) and members of his family still reside in the Joliet area (Gallagher). He now resides in Lake Worth, Florida.
Bittaker’s professional planning career spanned 28 years, equally split between the Florida Department of Community Affairs and the South Florida Water Management District, during which he served on over 50 state and federal interagency environmental and growth management task forces, work groups and committees, many focused on Everglades restoration efforts.
During his career, he received many awards including multiple gubernatorial letters of commendation; a 1992 Florida Governor and Cabinet Distinguished Service Award for his efforts during and after Hurricane Andrew; a 2001 APA-Florida Award of Excellence for the Palm Beach County Agricultural Reserve Master Plan for which he was co-project manager; and a 2011 APA Chapter Presidents Council National Leadership Award.
Now retired, he remains active in planning, helping to train planners prepare for their national AICP certification exam.
Together with his wife Susan Coughanour, FAICP, they have assisted over 500 planners nationwide successfully obtain their national AICP certification, and he continues to serve in a multitude of roles in the AICP exam process at the local, state and national levels.
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