Trevor Flanery, PhD

Executive Director

Trevor Flanery has worked extensively in applied research, planning, and public service for nonprofits, academia, and state and local governments. Prior to joining Forsyth Futures, Trevor completed a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization from Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture + Urban Studies. His dissertation, “Planning Local and Regional Development: Exploring Network Signals, Sites, and Economic Opportunity Dynamics,” studied the divergent physical, social, financial, and decision-making patterns within several neighborhoods in Roanoke, Virginia. His current research interests explore the use of technologies such as citizen apps and indicator data dashboards (e.g., smart cities) to facilitate collective approaches for urban development efforts.
A native of the area, Trevor is committed to supporting Forsyth County communities to better thrive economically, environmentally, and culturally. He has expertise in community & economic development, neighborhood placemaking, sustainability, urban systems and network modeling, and regional resilience. Additionally, he has a M.S. in Geography from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.