Meet Savannah Newbern, Our 2018 APA-NC Summer Fellow!

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association selected Savannah Newbern as the 2018 Summer Fellow. Savannah Newbern is a mother, wife, and student living in Greenville, North Carolina. She is pursuing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Political Science from East Carolina University. Savannah’s passion for urban planning stems from the profession’s unique opportunity to engage with underserved communities and catalyze positive change. Savannah’s area of interest is food justice and she advocates for increased economic and geographic accessibility to fresh produce through the practice of community gardening. In Savannah’s personal time she enjoys exploring new cities, listening to educational podcasts, and caring for her urban garden. These activities occur when she is not chasing around her joyfully active 1-year-old son, Sebastien. Savannah is grateful and looking forward to the work the APA-NC Summer Fellowship will entail. She is certain this experience will deepen her understanding of the connections between policy and local action. The Summer Fellowship program was created to increase diversity within the planning profession by fostering the professional development of a student whom is interested in pursuing a professional planning career. The $2,000.00 fellowship is open to a graduate or undergraduate woman or a person from an under represented ethnic group who is majoring in urban planning or planning related at an accredited university in North Carolina. Savannah will be completing a policy research project this summer that will be posted on the Chapter blog in early...

APA-NC Executive Committee Welcomes New Chair and Vice Chair to Membership and Diversity Committee

Author: Pete Sullivan, AICP The APA-NC Executive Committee welcomes two new members to the Membership and Diversity Committee, Brendie Vega, AICP, and Eliza Monroe. Outgoing committee leadership, Cherie Jzar, AICP, and Candace Davis, are thanked for their many years of service to the chapter. The Membership and Diversity Committee’s purpose is to expand APA-NC membership and encourage diversity in the planning profession. Brendie Vega, AICP, is the Assistant Director of Community Development with the Town of Wake Forest. She oversees the Planning Division, which covers Current Planning, Historic Preservation, and Transportation & Long Range Planning. Prior to working with Wake Forest, Brendie was Principal Planner with the Town of Apex, managing current planning activities for over 10 years. Brendie earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and has been a member of APA-NC since 2006. More recently, Brendie has become a member of the APA Latinos and Planning Division, addressing issues facing underrepresented ethnic groups in the APA. Eliza Monroe is currently a Planning Technician with the Town of Apex. She primarily acts as a Small Business Liaison in helping local businesses find their place in Apex. Eliza earned her Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina. Eliza is currently a participant in the American Institute of Certified Planners Candidate Pilot Program. She recently accepted a volunteer role as a 2018 APA Ambassador and looks forward to planning events in her community to educate our nation’s future planners about the profession. In her spare time she loves running, reading, writing, and eating. Past Chairs Cherie Jzar and Candice Davis...

Great Places 2018 Announced

Professional’s Category: Great Main Street Main Street, Sylva Main Street in Sylva blends the town’s rich cultural history with a vibrant downtown atmosphere and the surrounding beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Main Street is anchored by the Jackson County historic courthouse, the most photographed courthouse in North Carolina. From its perch 107 steps above Main Street, this Nationally Registered Historic site houses the County library, the Genealogical Society, the Historical Society, and provides community meeting space. Sweeping down the hill from the Courthouse, locals and visitors alike are treated to an eclectic blend of retail shops, restaurants, breweries, cocktail bars, book stores, and residential apartments all located within buildings that are a part of Sylva’s Nationally Registered Historic District. Main Street also serves as the epicenter for Sylva’s annual festivals, parades, and community events. The one of a kind appeal of Main Street Sylva is undeniable, even in Hollywood. Main Street was cast as Ebbing, Missouri in the 2017 Golden Globe and Oscar winning movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Although Ebbing is a fictional town, Main Street is very real and continues to be the cultural center of Sylva’s vibrant downtown. Main Street, Waxhaw Downtown Waxhaw has thrived throughout the years by its ability to evolve. Waxhaw started as a mill town, then reinvented itself as a destination for antiques, and is now becoming Union County’s hub for diverse retail shops, award-winning eating and drinking establishments, local artisans, and cultural events. The downtown is split by the railroad track with Main Street on each side. An overhead pedestrian bridge joins the two, and when trains roll through...

UPDATED: North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association 2018 Summer Fellowship Program

Deadline extended! All applications are due April 18, 2018. See new application form linked below. The APA-NC Fellowship Program was created to increase diversity in the planning profession by fostering increased interest among minority students and women in the field of urban planning. Towards this goal, APA-NC is offering a $2,000 Summer Fellowship for women and minority students pursuing graduate or undergraduate planning degrees or planning related degrees. The fellowship period is from June 1 – Aug 30.  Applications are due by 5PM on Wednesday, April 18th 2018. The majority of Fellows’ work will be performed remotely, from a location of their choosing, as APA-NC does not maintain a permanent office space. Supervision and collaboration will primarily be done over phone/skype/email. There are two exceptions to this.  In-person attendance is required for the fellow orientation and the 1-day APA-NC executive team retreat. Work will require use of a computer, a phone, and the internet, and the fellow must secure these on their own. Fellowship Objectives To gain knowledge about the planning process. To gain knowledge of best planning practices. To build skills for effective communication (written, verbal, presentation) with local governments, state and federal agencies, and the citizens. Conduct policy research on a current topic as assigned, producing a final report (may include an evaluation of how municipalities and counties are handling this policy throughout the state, highlighting successes and opportunities, or how other states are addressing this policy or process). Assist with planning a NC Planning Conference Workshop The $2,00 fellowship is available to graduate and undergraduate woman and minority students majoring in urban planning, urban design, urban...

Remembering David Godschalk

Submitted by: Roger Waldon, FAICP, and friends, students, and admirers of David Godschalk   David Godschalk, former professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Town Council member, passed away on January 27, 2018. Affiliated with the City and Regional Planning department at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for nearly 40 years, Dr. Godschalk influenced generations of planners and academics and received the highest honors in the field including the ACSP Distinguished Educator Award, the APA President’s Award, and induction into the AICP College of Fellows. He authored many books and articles including Urban Land Use Planning; Natural Hazard Mitigation: Recasting Disaster Policy and Planning; and Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (Planning Advisory Service Report). An urban planner intrigued with design, Godschalk shaped his life and work in response to outside events and emerging needs. Increasing natural hazards and climate change impacts inspired him to propose ways to build community resilience to flooding, sea level rise, and other shocks and disasters. He also focused on local issues, elected to a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council and serving on numerous advisory boards. Through decades of service to campus, community, state, and nation, he displayed a remarkable capacity to inspire, collaborate and build consensus. Additional biographies can be found here and here. In addition, David was a mentor and friend to many students and professionals. Below is a collection of comments and remembrances from planners. ____ Thank you and farewell to a great mentor who taught us, challenged us, and brought out the very best in his students.   Dr. Godschalk was the...
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