Mayor John Robert Smith

Mayor John Robert Smith

John Robert Smith is chair of T4America and policy advisor for Smart Growth America. He served for 16 years as mayor of Meridian, MS, whose Union Station, his signature project, is recognized as one of the best multi-modal transportation centers in the country.

Having served as a mayor of a city with a wealth of late 19th century buildings, his work with developers to restore buildings, advocay for historic preservation, helped to develop and maintain a strong community identity. Meridian’s role as a cultural center was defined with the restoration of the Grand Opera House of Mississippi, the creation of the Riley Education and Performing Arts Center, and the selection of Meridian as the site for the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.