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...

APA 2018 Smart Cities Awards Call for Nominations

ENTRIES DUE JANUARY 29, 2018 The Technology Division of the American Planning Association is seeking nominations for plans, projects, or initiatives (Project) that have utilized and/or deployed digital tools, applications and methods as part of a planning process plan, project, smart city initiative or policy to be recognized for their innovative achievements. A jury panel of planners, technology industry professionals, and academics will evaluate all eligible nominations based on the guideline criteria below to select the award winners. Those award recipients will be invited to receive their award and showcase their smart cities project at the Technology Division’s Facilitated Discussion session at the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans. Need more information?  More information is available here:  https://www.planning.org/divisions/tech/awards/ Questions: Call the chair of the Chair of the APA Technology Division:  Michelle Stephens, AICP, President. APA Colorado Chapter,...

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,...

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...

Plan4Health NC Featured at the 2017 Planning for Healthy Communities Conference in Mooresville, NC

The 5th Annual Planning for Healthy Communities Conference took place on November 2 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, North Carolina. The conference featured an array of breakout and plenary sessions on topics at the intersection of planning and public health. This year’s conference attracted seventy-five participants from across North Carolina and neighboring states, representing the fields of planning, public health, parks and recreation, and local government management. Tim Schwantes from Active Living By Design was the morning keynote speaker and gave an engaging presentation on operationalizing health equity. As demonstrated within his presentation, health equity is providing everyone with the particular resources he or she needs in order to live a healthy and productive life. For example, instead of giving everyone the same bicycle regardless of height or physical ability providing them with a specific bicycle that will meet their individual needs.   The afternoon plenary panel featured Plan4Health managers Mike Thompson from Tennessee and Katherine Hebert from North Carolina, who shared their experiences with leading a statewide effort to promote healthy community planning work and grow cross-sector collaborations. The three-year Plan4Health project of the American Planning Association has leveraged planners’ roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes across the nation. Although North Carolina and Tennessee have taken different approaches to implement Plan4Health, they have both benefited from the resources provided by and professional relationships fostered during the program. Breakout sessions on innovative health department initiatives, the impact of transportation, housing, and economic development on health, promoting access to healthy foods, and supporting active living provided participants three chances to focus on an aspect of...
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