Hutch Hutchinson


Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson
Chair - District 3
Term Expires: 11/2016
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Biography

Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson was raised in the wilderness of eastern Alachua County and educated in Gainesville public schools. He received a BA from Emory University and attended graduate school at the University of Florida in urban and regional planning. His parents live in Oak Hammock, and his wife Meg Niederhofer is retired from two decades as Gainesville City Arborist.  Hutch fosters dogs, is an avid boater, and plays music with the Weeds of Eden.

Hutch has worked in academia and research, with:

  • Center for Governmental Responsibility (energy program director)
  • Santa Fe College (adjunct faculty teaching video documentary production)
  • Florida Museum of Natural History (development director)

Hutch has worked as staff for the following non-profit agencies:

  • Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc. (executive director)
  • Southeastern Forest Trust, Inc. (executive director)
  • The Nature Conservancy (land acquisition agent)

Hutch has worked as a professional in the following in public agencies:

  •  Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (energy planner and strategic planner)
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities (energy analyst and information specialist)
  • Gainesville Downtown Redevelopment Agency (director)

From 1998–2002, Hutch was an Alachua County Commissioner. During this earlier term in office, he chaired the County Commission, the Library Governing Board, the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization, and served on a dozen other committees and boards. He spearheaded the Alachua County Forever referendum in 2000, and the Wild-Spaces-Public Places referendum in 2008.

Hutch served on the board of directors of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2011 during the conceptualization and roll-out of Innovation Gainesville. He has been a founding or long-time board member of the Florida Community Design Center, Sustainable Alachua County, Friends of Paynes Prairie, and No More Homeless Pets. He served on the Depot Park Committee for a decade, and spent 2011 on the Envision Alachua task force. He recently began serving on the boards of Paddle Florida and Cinema Verde, and co-founded and sits on the boards of Conservation Burial, Inc., and the Wagmore Foundation.

Hutch was elected for the second time to the County Commission in 2012, and his committee participation currently includes:

  • Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
  • Alachua County Library District Governing Board
  • Alachua County CHOICES Advisory Board
  • Criminal Justice Mental Health Substance Abuse Grant Planning Committee (CJMHSAGPC)
  • Gainesville/Alachua County Commission Joint Water Policy Committee
  • Plan East Gainesville, Subcommittee (MTPO)
  • North Central Florida Regional Planning Council
  • Value Adjustment Board
  • Governing Board of the GRACE Empowerment Homeless Shelter
  • Goethe State Forest Committee