Well-versed in community and economic development, land use planning, and building design, Lisa Byers brings nearly three decades of experience to Delta as a Community and Economic Development Associate. During her tenure with Delta, Lisa’s community and economic development work has focused on downtown revitalization, economic opportunity building, and historical, cultural, and recreational asset enhancement for Pennsylvania and West Virginia communities such as Gettysburg, Williamsport, Bedford, Bellefonte, Erie, Charles Town, and White Sulfur Springs. This work has involved project management, scope development, research, stakeholder involvement, consensus building, market analysis, strategic planning, tourism studies, implementation matrices, public funding opportunity identification, application preparation, communication of priorities, and funding administration support.
Lisa’s sound land use planning efforts have included researching, analyzing, facilitating, and reporting on Chesapeake Bay priorities, statewide land use trends, county and regional land use profiles, and best management and planning practices. It has also included collecting and analyzing county and municipal demographic and market information, conducting stakeholder interviews, and facilitating breakout sessions and public meetings. These efforts have been carried out for the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional Planning and Development Council, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, and county and municipal governments.
Prior to joining Delta, Lisa was an associate with the RBA Group. She assisted the governor-appointed Pennsylvania Greenways Partnership Commission with mapping a strategy to create a network of connected greenways across the state. The strategy was published as the Pennsylvania Greenways: An Action Plan for Creating Connections. She also helped a metropolitan area identify gateways, greenways, and icons to represent its area, attract tourists, and create local pride.
Additionally, in support of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority, Lisa participated in the establishment of the Cumberland Valley Business Park in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. This effort included working through the federal property transfer process, facilitating public participation, master planning, real estate marketing, and personal property dispersion. Additionally, Lisa helped the American Society of Civil Engineers with various technology transfer endeavors, including introducing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "green building" concepts and facilitating the transfer of infrastructure technology to public works departments and contractors.
A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Lisa earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, with special study in urban planning. She continues her career development by attending various planning, conservation, and community and economic development conferences. Lisa is a member of the American Planning Association and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.