Metroplan, the long-range planning organization for central Arkansas, on Thursday announced that its board of directors had named Casey Covington as executive director.
Covington follows Tab Townsell in the role. Townsell, a former Conway mayor, retired earlier this year after leading the organization for six years.
Covington has worked at Metroplan since 2004, serving as deputy director for six years and more recently as interim executive director. He's an engineer and certified planner with the American Planning Association. Covington also serves on the national policy board of the American Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
In a statement, Covington said he sees technology having a "major impact" on the region's transportation system.
"The Central Arkansas region, in large part due to its transportation system, is uniquely positioned to take advantage of economic development opportunities," he said. "Metroplan will engage our partners as we look to support the growing regional economy and region that is Central Arkansas."
Covington holds a master’s in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor's in civil engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
"Throughout the years it has been my pleasure to work with Metroplan’s Board members and our outstanding professional staff," he said. "I look forward to continuing to focus on providing additional transportation choices for Central Arkansans and enhancing quality of life in this new leadership role."