Candidates Wanted for 2017 APA-NC Election!

It’s time for the 2017 APA North Carolina election. As a result, the APA-NC Nominating Committee is seeking candidates with the leadership, energy, and commitment to serve as officers for APA-NC. There are five positions that are up for election. These include: President-Elect/President/Past President  (4-year term) Vice President for Chapter Development  (2-year term) Vice President for Professional Development  (2-year term) Treasurer (2-year term) Secretary  (2-year term) To be considered for nomination by the Nominating Committee, prospective candidates must: Have been members of APA in good standing for at least 12 months by the time they take office (Jan. 1st, 2018) The Vice President for Professional Development shall be a member in good standing with APA and AICP Be committed to accepting nomination and running for the position requested If elected, agree to devote the necessary time and energy to carry out the duties of their position Agree to work in service to the organization and avoid any conflicts of interest To be considered, prospective candidates must submit a Position Statement of up to 600 words to Chapter Administrator, Bonnie Estes, at estes.bonnie@gmail.com by 5 PM on Friday May 5th. The Nominating Committee will then review the qualifications of the prospective candidates and nominate two candidates for each officer position. Prospective candidates who are not slated may seek listing on the ballot through a member petition process. Additional information on the Nominating Committee, Election Schedule, and Officer Responsibilities is provided below. If you have questions or comments about the election and/or your potential candidacy, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jmorck@nc.rr.com. We hope you’ll consider serving the Chapter! Sincerely, John Morck, AICP Immediate Past President APA North...

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...