APA Florida Distance Learning  | 1.5 CM Event #9195233  |  Expires December 31, 2020

M-Cores: In Florida's Future? Gain an understanding of the controversial M-CORES effort, a legislative transportation policy directive for three toll road extensions/connections, underway in Florida.

Presentations used during the 90-minute panel:

FDOT pdf  |  1000 Friends of Florida pdf  |  Central Florida RPC pdf 



Thomas Hawkins is a Lecturer in the University of Florida’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is Program Director of the online Master of Urban and Regional Planning. In addition to teaching courses in land use law, planning administration and ethics, and development review for the department, Thomas has taught land use law for the Levin College of Law and for Florida State University. Prior to joining the department, Thomas was Policy & Planning Director of 1000 Friends of Florida—the state’s leading advocate for planning and growth management in the public interest—where he addressed land use and transportation policy. Thomas also served two terms as a Gainesville City Commissioner. He has a law degree from the Emory University School of Law, has a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a member of the Florida Bar.


Huiwei Shen has over 25 years of transportation planning experiences.  Huiwei joined FDOT in 1996 as a travel demand modeler and has worked in many areas of planning since then including the development of the Florida Transportation Plan.  She served as the project manager for the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force and the I-75 Relief Task Force, building consensus for statewide transportation corridors.  Huiwei has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Florida State University.  In her spare time, Huiwei is an avid violin student.


Patricia “Pat” M. Steed is the Executive Director of the Central Florida Regional Planning Council serving 30 local governments and is Staff Services Director of the six-county Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization. She leads the Heartland 2060 Vision: Building a Resilient Region. During her Florida planning career, she has also served as a County and City Planning Director, an MPO Director and as a Project Director for a national consulting firm. Her expertise is in transportation, community and strategic planning, visioning, and economic development.

Pat currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and SIS Steering Committee, on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), the Council of Peers of the Southeastern Executive Directors Institute, and is currently a member of the Southwest to Central Florida MCORES Task Force. She is a frequent national presenter including at the White House Forum on Regional Innovation.