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Symbioscity is a Woman-Based Enterprise and certified DBE by the State of Georgia.


Denise R. Grabowski, AICP, LEED AP, launched Symbioscity as a reflection of her own personal and professional interests in the relationships between the built and natural environments.

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Quick Facts about Denise

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

B.S., Environmental Science - Furman University

LEED Accredited Professional

Georgia Trend "“40 Under 40"” Recipient (2009)

Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

Leadership Savannah

Master of City Planning - Georgia Institute of Technology

With over two decades of experience, Denise has worked as a senior-level planner for local governments and as a consultant for the public and private sectors. Denise understands the varied perspectives of governments and the development community and is proficient at working with diverse stakeholders to address complex issues.

Denise is a regular speaker at local, regional, and national events, for groups such as the American Planning Association, National League of Cities, U.S. Green Building Council, and the Georgia Planning Association. She was a featured speaker at TEDxCreativeCoast (view her talk here).

Giving back to the community is a priority and Denise volunteers her time generously. Examples of her community leadership include:

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - Denise currently serves on the national USGBC Advisory Board and is a former member of the Board of Directors. She was a founding member and Past Chair of the USGBC Georgia Chapter.

Healthy Savannah Steering Committee - Healthy Savannah is dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live through increasing opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet.

Ossabaw Island Foundation Board of Trustees - Ossabaw Island, Georgia’s 3rd largest barrier island, is a Heritage Preserve owned by the State of Georgia. The non-profit Ossabaw Island Foundation, through a public-private partnership with the State of Georgia, inspires, promotes and manages exceptional educational, cultural and scientific resources that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on its resources.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Design Review Council - Denise regularly advises students through participation as a juror during studio review of projects related to planning and urban design, as well as thesis advisor.

Young Gamechangers - This program of Georgia Forward annually brings together a select number of Georgia’s brightest minds under the age of 40, to help solve pressing policy challenges of one Georgia community. Denise participated in the inaugural year, working with the City of Americus, Georgia.

Additional Present and Past Civic Activities:

  • Georgia Planning Association Board of Directors

  • Metropolitan Savannah Rotary

  • Charles Ellis Montessori Academy (part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System) School Council

  • Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Coastal Advisory Council

  • Savannah Technical College Community Council