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,...

The Envelope Please! APA National and APA-NC Chapter Election Results for 2015!

Results from the 2015 APA-NC Election The chapter is pleased to announce the results. Thanks to everyone who voted. The newly elected officers include the following (from left to right): President-Elect: Ken Bowers, AICP Vice President for Chapter Development: Benjamin Howell, AICP, CZO Vice President for Professional Development: Hanna Cockburn, AICP Treasurer: Roger Bardsley, AICP Secretary: Shelley DeHart, AICP When you next see them, please take a minute to congratulate them and thank them for stepping forward to serve the Chapter. This team will take office on January 1, 2016, and will join current President, John Morck, as well as nine committee chairs and the student representative to serve as the APA-NC Executive Committee. Special thanks to Cherie Jzar, Chad Meadows, Kelly Bennett, and Laurie Mitchell for standing for election, and for their continuing contributions to the Chapter. Results from the APA National Election We’re proud to announce that one current APA-NC member and one former member have been elected to leadership positions at the national level: Rodger Lentz, AICP, (left) and Fleming El-Amin II, AICP (right). Rodger Lentz, AICP has been re-elected to serve on APA’s Board of Directors, representing Region II. A past APA-NC President, Rodger continues to serve his local chapter on the legislative committee and as an active member in the organization. The APA-NC Chapter thanks Rodger for his continued dedication to the organization and looks forward to working with him throughout his next term. Please visit this page for more information about the APA Board of Directors. Past APA-NC President Fleming El-Amin II, AICP (was also elected to the AICP Commission as a Director At Large. Fleming’s...

APA National Update

Written by Rodger Lentz, ACIP, APA Board of Directors, Region II Sadly summer has come to an end. While fall is one of my favorite seasons, I really love the family time during summer. I hope you enjoyed your summer and are getting ready for the chapter conferences and the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference that come each fall. This summer, the APA Board’s Development Plan and Budget Committee has been working on the updated strategic plan for our organization. We have revamped the way we are doing this process and I hope you have had an opportunity to participate. First, the Board had a strong desire to hear from members as well as chapter, student, and division leadership. As a result, we sought direct input from those leaders and used surveys and other electronic means to receive input from a wider audience. Several hundred people participated in various ways and that input drove the direction of the organization’s strategic plan. The second change has to do with the plan itself. The initial document is long-term oriented and looks beyond the two year window that had been the time horizon in the past. To complement this work, we have also developed an implementation document that lays out projects and initiatives for APA to take on over the next 1-2 years. As this is implemented, we will be able to track what we have accomplished and report back so members can see what has been achieved. The other part of this work is developing a budget to implement the plan. The change members will see here is a more detailed and accessible...

Climate Change – What to Expect

Blog by Scott Shuford, AICP Disclaimer: This blog represents the opinions of its author and does not reflect any official policy or position by the City of Fayetteville where he is employed. The U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third National Climate Assessment in May 2014. It is the latest comprehensive report on the state of and future of climate in the United States. The report was written by a team of more than 250 climate scientists guided by a 60-member federal advisory committee. Prior to its release, the Assessment was extensively reviewed by the public and by other climate experts, including federal agencies and a panel of members of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Climate Assessment contains a great deal of information that is important to North Carolina planners. This information is scaled at different levels, from global to regional. Regional maps allow us to observe current and future climate at the state level. The Assessment does not engage in debate about whether or not the global climate is warming. Its authors are in agreement with 97% of the world’s climate scientists who believe that global warming is occurring. This is about the same percentage of scientists who believe that smoking causes lung disease. The following figure from the Assessment illustrates 10 indicators of a warming world, including increases in land and sea surface temperatures; decreases in sea ice, glaciers, and snow cover; and sea level rise. How much climate change will occur and how will it be manifested? These important questions are covered in the Assessment, with the findings expressed in a range of...

Raleigh Uses Social Media to Build a Downtown Experience For All

Submitted by: Stephanie Currier and Sharon Felton Downtown Raleigh is thriving – it serves as Wake County’s center of tourism and hospitality and attracts millions of visitors to its world class museums dynamic convention center and its many arts, cultural and entertainment venues each year. In an effort to keep a great thing going, the City, partnered with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is working with the public to create a Downtown Experience Plan that will include short and long-term improvements. The ten-year vision will look at six emerging districts individually and collectively. The top priority for the Plan is to have achievable action items that will continue the transformation of Raleigh’s city center. The plan will analyze public realm, infrastructure, connectivity improvements, future development and potential impacts from these action items. A kickoff meeting was well attended by public stakeholders, as were public meetings in each of the six districts. To ensure that the ideas of those that live, work, and play Downtown are captured, the City is using social media as a means to draw a younger demographic than what public meetings typically bring about. And it is working! The average age of online participants is 41 years and the largest age group is 25-34. The City employed a crowd-sourcing software (Mindmixer) to gather ideas for the Plan (www.PlanningForRaleigh.com) which currently has more than 450 active participants and over 18,500 page views. The City has also utilized an email delivery system (GovDelivery) to send subscribers updates about the Plan, including meeting dates and links to various social media outlets. Over the last three months, nearly 3,000 people have viewed...
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