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A Closer Look with Award Winner Jeffrey Taebel

Monday, January 23, 2017  
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PAB Outstanding Site Visitor Award:Educator

Jeffrey Taebel
Houston-Galveston Area Council

ACSP recently connected with Jeff to find out more about this accomplishment.

How did you feel when you won the award?
I was surprised—there are so many talented and dedicated site visitors—and deeply honored that my contributions were considered meritorious.

Who do you want to thank, if any?
I’d like to thank Cheryl Contant, Chair, and Brian Taylor, who were my teammates for the Fall 2015 visit, along with all those I’ve served with on past visits. I’ve learned so much from all of you!

What inspired you about this project?
I find site visits to be quite invigorating—I always come back with new ideas I can put to use in my office while making new friends in the process. But most inspiring are the students—our profession will be in good hands in the future!

What’s next?
I plan to stay involved as a Site Visitor in the future. I’m also excited by the prospects of developing new partnerships with the academy in my work. There are so many opportunities for collaboration and realizing synergies between research and practice.

Jeff's Bio
Jeff Taebel FAICP, is Director of Community and Environmental Planning at H-GAC, where he oversees the agency’s community enhancement, environmental planning, disaster recovery, economic development, socioeconomic modeling, and sustainable development initiatives. He has 34 years of experience in urban and regional planning, including 29 in his current position.

Actively involved in community service, professional development and planning education, Mr. Taebel is a former President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and in 2008 was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Mr. Taebel received a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the University of Nebraska.

About ACSP Awards
Each year ACSP is proud to honor faculty and students who have distinguished themselves or made major contributions to the academy or to the profession via outreach efforts, public service or for service to ACSP, the Academy, or the profession. A complete listing and history for all awards can be found at

PAB recognizes two site visitors annually, one educator and one practitioner, for their outstanding contributions to the PAB’s mission of ensuring the high quality of planning education. PAB's Site Visitor Committee selects award recipients based on feedback received from fellow team members and a member's past performance on Site Visits.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.