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Gerald Gordner

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student

Trey Gordner is a graduate student in urban and regional planning at Virginia Tech, studying remotely from Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Trey supports an NSF-funded project led by Dr. Tom Sanchez on the potential for artificial intelligence in urban planning. His thesis concerns measuring, analyzing, and mapping zoning and land use regulations. Prior to graduate school, Trey studied business administration at the University of South Carolina, founded a local government technology company (, and led the development of multiple software products in the government, education, nonprofit, and advertising industries. He also served on the Board of Directors for FairVote Virginia, an advocacy group for electoral reform, when it passed two historic bills, VA HB506 and HB1103. He is a finalist for a U.S. government technology fellowship and is currently building the Hawaii Zoning Atlas based on DesegregateCT’s successful data advocacy model.

Research Interests

  • Zoning and land use regulations
  • Economic of real estate & land
  • Urban data science & spatial analysis