Metroplan announced on Wednesday the promotion of Casey R. Covington to deputy director.
Covington joined the staff in 2004 as a transportation engineer, and was moved up to Central Arkansas Regional Transportation Study director in 2012.
Covington has more than 13 years of planning, engineering and management experience, specializing in transportation planning and forecasting, Metroplan said.
He holds a master's degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor's in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
Covington is also a registered professional engineer in Arkansas and is certified as a planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Metroplan Executive Director Tab Townsell said in a news release, "In his new role, he will couple his passion for our region with a dispassionate approach to problem solving in order to better our metropolitan area."
Covington said, as deputy director, he will focus upcoming planning efforts on the "impact of technology on personal travel and consequently regional planning decisions."
According to the news release, his achievements working for Metroplan include conducting the region's first comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle crash analysis and implementing Adaptive Signal Control Technologies.
Covington has also been involved in the 30 Crossing project, coordinating efforts of the Metropolitan Planning Organizations with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Federal Highway Administration and Rock Region Metro.
He is a member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class 30, Think Big Little Rock, the State Transportation Innovations Council, the American Planning Association, the Transportation Research Board and the Louisiana Tech Alumni Board of Directors.
Covington also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and is team leader of the Physical and Built Environment Priority Area of Healthy Active Arkansas.