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...

APA’s Food Systems Planning Interest Group seeks division status and member support

Submitted by: The APA-FIG Leadership Committee The American Planning Association’s (APA) Food Systems Planning Interest Group (FIG) is now pursuing official APA Division status. They are asking interested members to sign a petition via the link below. The group needs 300 signatures to achieve Division status. Important note: You must be a regular APA member (not a student member) to sign, and your signature commits you to joining the Division upon its formation and paying the annual dues ($25/regular member; $10/new member). Access the petition here:...

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking will hold its first southeast regional Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit March 15-16, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event is titled Beyond Big Cities, and emphasizes the strategic connection of the arts to community and economic development. The summit will include sessions, mobile workshops, roundtables, and more. All sessions will be eligible for AICP CM credits. Event sponsors include ArtPlace America, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and South Arts. APA-NC members will receive a 10% discount. For registration information visit...
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