APA Testimony to US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

On March 13th, a member of the APA Legislative and Policy Committee offered written and oral testimony to the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD).  During the testimony, APA called upon subcommittee members to increase funding for federal programs, such as CDBG, HOME, BUILD and transit capital grants.  To find out more about this testimony, please check out APA’s blog post here: https://planning.org/blog/blogpost/9173083/.  As a follow-up to this testimony, and since the Chair of the T-HUD Subcommittee is Congressman David Price from North Carolina, APA-NC President Ben Howell sent this letter to Chairman Price in support of APA’s...

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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