Planning Central Florida: Integrating Growth and Conservation |

Planning Central Florida: Integrating Growth and Conservation

In 1992, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) embarked on an adventure that uniquely melded long-term business growth at The Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) with regional conservation planning and ecosystem restoration. The result is a master plan that guides growth at WDW while protecting important natural resources, including an 8,500-acre “environmental jewel” – The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve. This innovative partnership is a model for planning efforts currently underway in Osceola County and the Central Florida Region. This presentation will provide insight to successful public / private partnerships that can be applied anywhere a balance is needed between growth and natural resource conservation.

Speakers Include:

Jim Yawn, Senior Project Manager for Walt Disney Imagineering, Global Business Development Group

Walt Thomson, Director of Terrestrial Conservation for the Nature Conservancy Florida

Jeff Jones, Smart Growth Director for Osceola County


Victoria K. Colangelo, Vice President of Mitigation Marketing