Peter L. Bass’ passion is urban innovation, taking on challenging projects to better our transportation systems and living environments. Presently, he is leading the team developing the Business Plan for Spaceport Colorado (near Denver) and is advising both Washington DC and the City of Atlanta on developing their streetcar systems using public/private partnership concession agreements.
Until he recently opened his own advisory practice, Peter had been HDR’s Director, Urban Development Advisory Services, working on over ten streetcar projects nationwide, several multimodal transportation terminals and numerous TOD projects.
In the early 2000’s, he had been Sr. Urban Development Specialist at Arlington County, Virginia’s economic development department. In his role there, he devised new strategies and incentives for public-private efforts to further the evolution of the County’s national award winning transit-oriented corridor developments. This will be the subject of his remarks today.
Peter formerly worked for 30 years as advisor, manager, and principal on private and public sector urban developments in over 60 cities, 10 countries and for the World Bank, USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank. These projects included San Antonio’s Riverwalk extensions and Alamo Plaza revitalization; and new communities such as Irvine, California and Flower Mound, Texas. Through the Agency for International Development, Peter published a number of books for Eastern European government and private sector audiences, including “Planning for Community Development in a Market Based Economy”.
Peter holds a Master’s in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Political Science & Economics from Yale. His present interests focus primarily on transportation and the linkages between it and urban development. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.