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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Jared Beck

Jared Beck, AICP is an urban designer and community planner. Stemming from a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, his breadth of professional skills ranges from large scale town planning to detailed architecture and design guidelines. With more than 15 years in both private and public roles, his focus is now on reinvestment programs and projects that recognize and work within the unique built environment that exists in our communities.

Inspired by the developing energy to revitalize historic downtown Fort Myers, Mr. Beck relocated from his home in Naples, FL more than a decade ago to become a part of the transformation. Since then, he has been involved in a variety of projects and programs focused on community revitalization, while also serving on numerous local and state committees and boards encouraging quality community design and reinvestment.

Today, he balances his professional role in the private sector in consulting work focusing on community reinvestment projects, while also working within the non-profit field to further economic development efforts within historic downtown Fort Myers and other similar communities.

From many years of grant and proposal writing, Mr. Beck often writes to “tell a story.” It was his belief the story of River & Road, his first book project, needed to be told for the City of Fort Myers.