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Dennis Gordon receives a lifetime achievement award in professional planning.

Posted on July 27, 2020

The Kentucky chapters of the American Planning Association (KAPA) honored retired PDS Executive Director Dennis Andrew Gordon for his forty-five years in community planning.

"I want to thank Dennis Gordon for his many years of service and dedication to PDS. He has been a great leader for planning and zoning in Kenton County. Congratulations on your retirement,” said Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier.

On Friday, July 24th, Mr. Gordon received the William Bowdy Award, an award named after his predecessor at PDS who served as the executive director at PDS from 1970 to 2002.

Mr. Gordon has written numerous published articles and spoken to countless national, state, and local groups on topics such as citizen engagement, zoning flexibility, and planning for community growth throughout his tenure.

After years as the executive director of Allen County (IN) Department of Planning Services and an adjunct urban planning professor at Ball State University, he began his role as the executive director of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, now called Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS), in 2002.

Upon his arrival at PDS he introduced an agency-wide mission statement and core values to help set a clear direction for staff.  

Among the numerous new programs Mr. Gordon initiated, PDS staff redeveloped Kenton County’s comprehensive plan, which was the very first such plan in the nation to only exist online.

Mr. Gordon could have just been satisfied with the status quo, but instead he challenged his teams to think differently and boldly with the services that were offered.


Pictured: Dennis Gordon giving his acceptance speech via phone during KAPA's annual meeting, which was conducted online due to COVID-19 protocols.