Jo Hickson is a landscape architect registered in South Carolina who resides in Savannah, Georgia. She has been living and working in the South Carolina Lowcountry and Georgia Coast for more than two decades. She has extensive experience in public meeting facilitation; grant-writing; development of way-finding and interpretive signage and also in regional planning for tourism. She has developed community gateway and scenic/historic corridor plans.
Senior Associate, Jo Hickson, is a land planner and registered landscape architect with a high level of experience working on greenways, parks, trails, and heritage area projects. She specializes in master planning, strategic planning and facilitation, grant writing, and fundraising. Her most recent fundraising efforts include writing successful grants to raise more than $3.5 million for planning and construction of Coastal Georgia Greenway (CGG) trails. She dentified a 150-mile continuous trail that will link South Carolina to Florida through coastal Georgia and proposed a $40 million construction budget ($10 million of which is for bridges).
Other related projects include organizing a steering committee with representatives from six counties and five non-profit organizations. She has developed graphics and interpretive signage, project kiosks, a project video, and brochures. She oversaw completion of a Market Study and Projected Economic Impact for the CGG that concludes that construction of the greenway will generate up to $15 million in regional business revenues per year. While working as Park Development Planner for South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, she contributed to the Hunting Island Re-Development Plan that was implemented in phases after Hurricane David.