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Grant to Advance Healthy Communities

APA North Carolina Chapter has received $50,000 grant to help build local capacity for integrating planning and public health. The Planners4Health initiative is part of APA’s Plan4Health three-year, $9 million program to help communities combat determinants of chronic disease – lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. Funding for the initiative is provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through the initiative, APA-NC will use the grant funding to broadly share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals and more strongly integrate public health into local and regional planning practices. More information can be found at www.planning.org/nationalcenters/health/planners4health.  ... read more

Nominations Open for Marvin Collins Planning Awards

APA-NC’s annual awards program has changed its submittal deadline. Due to conflicts with APA’s annual National Conference and other awards programs that happen in the spring, the Awards Committee has decided to accept 2017 applications from mid-November, 2016 through January 31, 2017 instead of late spring as has been the case in the past. The 2017 Marvin Collins Planning Awards program is the 39th such program of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) recognizing 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. The awards represent the highest standards of achievement in the planning profession in North Carolina. The late Marvin Collins developed the idea of an awards program in 1975 for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Planners, which preceded the NCAPA. He gained approval and assumed responsibility for establishing the program. Marvin received a Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from the NCAPA just prior to his death in 1998. In 2001, the NCAPA Executive Committee named the program in Marvin’s honor to recognize his service to the Chapter. The Outstanding Planning Awards for Small Communities are named in honor of the late Brian Benson, who was a strong advocate of planning for small communities. Brian served as NCAPA Vice President for Professional Development in the early 1990s. Download the nomination form for 2017. Award Nominations Must Be Postmarked by January 31, 2017. Award Categories Outstanding Planning Awards Comprehensive Planning To a plan, program or process of unusually high merit adopted or enacted in the current or past... read more

October is National Community Planning Month!

The achievements of planners and planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year’s theme is civic engagement, underscoring the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials, and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities. The American Planning Association has encourages planners around the country to spread the word about the work of the profession. Please see below for more information and resources to get involved!   Use the resources in our National Community Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community. We’ve even included a free recording of our webinar on how best to the leverage each of these tools. Planning a community tour, meeting, or special event to mark the occasion? Let us know. We’d love to highlight your efforts on our website and social media outlets during the month of October and beyond! Learn more about National Community Planning Month at... read more

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