John M. Janson AICP graduated from the University of Utah in 1975 with a degree in Geography. He received a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University in 1977. Having worked as a consultant and then in Davis County, Utah, the majority of his career has been with West Valley City, Utah, where he was employed as the Planning Director for 25 of his 30 years with the City. His career path has provided him with extensive exposure to the full variety of planning topics, since West Valley is a diverse community known for its' progressive attitude in facilitating economic development and addressing issues within the community with the best tools available. As a three term Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association President, frequent local conference speaker, and having performed consultant projects throughout the State, he has significant exposure to regional and city issues. He currently is working with the Civil Solutions Group and engaged in the creation of general plans and ordinance implementation. He also volunteers his time as chair of the Millcreek Township Planning Commission.