Laura Smith, MPA, FRA-RA

Urban Analytics Director

Laura Smith serves as Urban Analytics Director with GAI’s Community Solutions Group (CSG), where she conducts and oversees the research and analysis of market, economic, and demographic data; commercial, industrial, and multi-family performance indicators; census data; and employment statistics for various products of the firm. Laura served as a professional municipal planner for 6 years, expanding her expertise to include writing and updating land development codes, development plan review, comprehensive plan rewrites and updates, comprehensive plan evaluation and appraisal reports, CRA findings of necessity, and redevelopment plans.

Laura is a graduate of University of South Florida where she earned an MPA in Public Administration and a BA in Political Science. She earned her Master’s Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Central Florida. Laura currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Board of Lake County, Florida.