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Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marvin Collins Awards!

Drumroll please…. The 2017 Marvin Collins Planning Awards were announced at the APA-NC annual conference in September. In case you missed it, here is the list of recipients. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your contributions to North Carolina communities and the planning profession. Click here for more information about the Marvin Collins Award program. Student Awards Outstanding Students East Carolina University—Damiere Powell Appalachian State University—Lauren Andersen University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—Taylor McAdam   Outstanding Planning Awards Comprehensive Planning—Large Community City of Charlotte—Charlotte WALKS Pedestrian Plan City of Fayetteville—Cape Fear River Plan City of Greenville—Horizons 2026:  Greenville’s Community Plan (Honorable Mention)   Outstanding Planning Award – Implementation Small Community Town of Davidson—Rural Area Plan   Outstanding Planning Award – Implementation Large Community Burke County—Fonta Flora State Trail—Lake James Section Plan City of Hickory—Inspiring Spaces Plan Town of Cary—The Cary 2040 Community Plan (Honorable Mention)   Special Theme Award –Innovations Town of Garner—Garner Forward Public Outreach Video City of Newton—Newton Streetscape Demonstration Project   Individual Awards Robert Reiman Professional Achievement Award Roger S. Waldon, FAICP   Recognition of APA-NC’s 2017 Great Places Kelly Bennett, AICP, 2017 Great Places Program Chair   Professional’s Category: Great Main Street Evans Street, Morehead City   Professional’s Category: Great Main Street in the Making Clay Street, Mebane   Professional’s Category: Great Transformation Mooresville Mill, Mooresville   People’s Choice: Great Historic Rehabilitation R.J. Reynolds Building, Winston-Salem   People’s Choice: Great Public Space Shallowford Square,... read more

Introducing the North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Author: Donald R. Belk, AICP, Community Economic Development Planner, North Central Prosperity Zone The Main Street & Rural Planning Center is a recently-created agency of state government dedicated to improving the economy and quality of life of North Carolina’s small towns and rural communities through planning for people-focused, asset-based development. In 2016, the North Carolina Department of Commerce expanded the scope of its nationally acclaimed Main Street Program to create a new entity, the Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  The Center has only recently become fully staffed and operational throughout the State’s eight Prosperity Zones and is not yet well-known throughout the NC Planning community. The Center works to assist small towns and rural communities with planning for economic development. The Center’s mission is to inspire innovation and placemaking through building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results in investment, business growth and jobs. The NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center provides services in the following categories: ·     Strategic Economic Development Planning ·        Administer the Main Street Americatm Program in NC ·     Implementation Services ·        Main Street Solutions Fund Grant Program ·     Local and Regional Market Analysis ·        Downtown Design Services ·     Small Area Planning for High Impact Areas ·        Economic Development in the context of Historic Preservation ·     GIS and Custom Mapping   The Prosperity Zone structure is key to the effectiveness and success of the Center, and by extension, the Department.  Each Prosperity Zone acts as a ‘one-stop shop’, with the purpose of bringing together multiple state functions for greater collaboration and better customer service at the regional level. Commerce has an economic development planner in... read more

Call for Entries for the 2018 Marvin Collins Planning Awards

The 2018 Marvin Collins Planning Awards program is the 40th such program of the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association. The awards recognize agencies and individuals that have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects, have excelled as planning students, or have made notable contributions to the planning profession.

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