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...

Planners Discuss the Key To Attracting Millenials

What can communities do to help businesses attract the talent they need to succeed in a global economy? That’s the question that a group of planners sat down to discuss in Asheville, NC last week. The program at the Land of Sky Council of Governments was sparked by a 2014 poll conducted by Harris Interactive for APA of Millennials (ages 21 – 34), Gen Xers (ages 35 – 49), and Active Boomers (50 – 65) in North Carolina to find out their economic perceptions and community preferences. The survey found that nearly 70% of North Carolina millennials believe they are likely to move to another part of the state within the next five years. What would it take for them to either stay, or choose a particular city to live? According to the survey, safe streets, clean air and water, high-speed Internet, and infrastructure that supports a healthy lifestyle were all key factors in the decision. Interestingly, Active Boomers and Gen Xers also valued these community attributes. In Asheville, the issue of the “walkability” was one that came up repeatedly. A major component for many people’s choice on where to live, the ability to walk to restaurants and towns can be a benefit to be advertised, or a challenge that must be overcome. While some work has been done in the mountain region to increase accessibility, a lack of sidewalks continues to be a common complaint. To learn more about the discussion, check out the article on Asheville...
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