Norman Wright chosen as TN-ASPA’s Administrator of the Year

portrait of Norman WrightMr. Wright, who is the Director of Development Services for Columbia, TN, will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Fall Symposium.

The Tennessee Administrator of the Year award is presented to a Tennessee administrator who has made a significant impact during the past year. The high performance of this individual is notable in its impact on his/her organization and the landscape of Tennessee administration.

In his eight years of practice, Mr. Wright has authored six plans, including the James Campbell Boulevard Strategic Plan, the first plan in the nation to be approved under the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The plan, which was approved by the Columbia City Council in 2012, aims to redevelop this main route through downtown Columbia in order to promote more walkability in the downtown area and to update the corridor to improve safety generally. Mr. Wright’s work has received a 2012 TAPA award, 2009 SCAPA award, and the 2009 honorarium from the South Carolina Mayor’s Institute, as well as a nomination for the SEIMENS Sustainable Communities Award. His work has been featured in the APA’s Practicing Planner, Zoning Practice, and Planning magazines. He currently publishes a regular blog with the urban planning website,