In 2017, Preston Elliott became the Franklin Tomorrow Board of Directors Vice President. He has previously served as a board member. Preston is also a Senior Principal Planner with RPM Transportation Consultants. He is a certified planner with twenty years of professional transportation and comprehensive planning experience. In addition to private consulting he has worked for two state departments of transportation (DOTs) and three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) throughout his profession. He is well-versed in the statewide and metropolitan planning regulations having been an MPO Coordinator responsible for all aspects of the MPO planning process and a Transportation Manager at TDOT where he managed the state planning and research program. Preston has assisted seven of the eleven MPOs in Tennessee in the development of their long range transportation plans (LRTPs) and initiated TDOT’s first statewide LRTP in 2005, as project manager. He has extensive experience in corridor and sub-area plans, the program development process, and public outreach and involvement. In addition to these efforts, he has assisted numerous communities in the development of bicycle and pedestrian plans both at the regional level as well as at the city level. He has a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Social Science.
Preston has authored papers on transportation planning and is often asked to speak at technical conferences. Throughout his career he has been active in professional and civic organizations and his activities include serving as Chairman of the City of Franklin Transit Authority. Preston has received the following awards for his service.
– Tennessee Section ITE, Outstanding Individual Activity Award, 2003
– American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Quality Trail Blazer Award, Planning Assessment Project Team, 2003
– Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalist, 2009