Direction & Management
Stephen M. Gyurisin is a highly experienced, successful, public and private sector manager, planner and geographer, with over 25 years of experience.
Starting part-time in 1981 and incorporating in 1998, Advance Planning Associates, LC is now his full-time passion. Over the years Mr. Gyurisin has concentrated his professional efforts in the area of town community and economic development, planning, business geography, custom site selection analysis and due diligence for developments and expanding and ever-changing business and industry sectors. He has focused his effort detailing planning and location strategies for implementing development projects.
Mr. Gyurisin has worked with communities and business in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York and has worked as project manager for industrial, commercial and residential projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He has taken leadership positions in the private engineering, development and commercial construction sectors. He has located, started and opened a number of business operations. Mr. Gyurisin has served as a town manager, grant administrator, zoning administrator, subdivision administrator, and staff to a Board of Zoning Appeals. He has years of local and regional government experience as well as extensive private sector development, acquisition, site selection and due diligence experience. Mr. Gyurisin has studied regional planning and public administration methods and has extensive hands-on management and business development experience. He is degreed in geography / urban studies. His focus is I-81 and the location of business and industries along that corridor, agricultural development stratgies and community development inititives that address the many needs of both towns and business.
An active member in a number of local, regional and statewide organizations, he has created and is the content curator for a number of blogs that are community and civic related.
Stephen M. Gyurisin has held the position of Director of the I-81 Corridor “Outer” Market with the Acquisition, Planning and Development Division with one of Virginia’s largest privately held real estate development companies; as the Eastern Division Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for a top 500 engineering firm; as a business development and pre-construction representative of a major 100+ year old regional construction firm; as Deputy Director of Planning and Development for a Virginia County; and, as the Regional Manager for PA, NJ & NY with a Virginia-based computer mapping consulting firm that specialized in utility and community maps.
While with his most recent positions, he was involved with strategic site selection planning and development decisions of clients seeking to locate or develop their business. His early career planning achievements include identification of the need for an Urban Development Area (UDA) as a comprehensive planning tool to manage growth and the adoption of performance based zoning to enhance design standards. Equally, he is pleased to have been part of the team to identify sites for companies that located along I-81 and continue operations today. He has worked for various municipal governments and regional agencies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia as well as private sector companies. He is the creator of Advance Planning Associates, LC. that provides consulting services for government and business. Advance Planning Associates, LC manages Code Green and Village Green Products and Services.
Association of American Geographers
Southeast Division of Association of American Geographers
Virginia Municipal League
Virginia Economic Development Association
American Planning Association – Virginia
Regional and Local Affiliations:
Gateway New Economy Council Board
Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Stanley E. Fulton Industrial Complex Committee
Northern Shenandoah Regional Transportation Advisory Board
Washington’s Way West National Heritage Area Board
Fort Collier Civil War Center Board
Winchester-Frederick County, VA Historical Society
Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce
Hancock Chamber of Commerce