American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Message from our President – February 2019

Ben Howell

Chapter President

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019!  With the turning of the calendar from 2018 to 2019, I begin my term as President of the Chapter for the next two years, and look forward to continuing the good work we’ve accomplished over the last several years.  I just finished submitting the annual Chapter Performance Report to APA, and I’m happy to report that we are meeting all of the required Standards and are meeting 7 of the 10 Electives (Chapters are only required to meet 4 of the 10 Electives).  One of the Standards includes providing an Annual Work Plan Report to the membership – to view the 2018 Report, please visit  I want to take a moment to thank Ken Bowers, who will serve as Past President this year, for his hard work over the last two years – leading the Chapter to several achievements, including adopting our first 4-year Strategic Plan and receiving an APA grant to create a Strategic Plan for our Legislative and Policy Program.    Ken’s first task as Past President will be to lead the Nominating Committee for the upcoming Chapter elections.  This summer the Chapter will be once again participating in the APA Consolidated Elections, where you will have an opportunity to vote for not only Chapter Officers, but also APA Board Members.  Speaking of Chapter Officers, we will have the following positions up for election: President-Elect, Vice President for Professional Development, Vice President for Chapter Development, Secretary and Treasurer.  Keep an eye out for the call for nominations, and contact Ken or myself with any questions.

The start of the year is always a busy time for the Chapter, as we gear up for the Annual Conference planning and kick-off two of our signature awards programs, the Marvin Collins Planning Awards and Great Places in NC, with the Planning Awards Call for Entries now open and the Great Places nominations opening soon.  Save the date for the Annual Conference in Wilmington – October 8th through 11th this year – Wilmington is always a great place to be in the fall!  The conference planning is just beginning, but expect to see the Call for Session Proposals coming out in the next month or two – Cindy Camacho, Vice President of Chapter Development, has been hard at work looking at software that will hopefully make the process to submit session proposals much easier this year.  For more information and updates about the 2019 Annual Conference, check out the Annual Conference page on our website.

I would also be remiss if I did not remind you of the National Planning Conference coming up in April in San Francisco.  Online registration is available through March 13th.  Once again, the Chapter will be co-sponsoring a Southeast Chapters and Schools Reception at the Conference, and we will be looking for volunteers to be Chapter Delegates at the Delegate Assembly – keep an eye out for an email from the Chapter in March about this opportunity.

I’ll be back in a couple months with more updates on the Chapter’s work – in the meantime, please don’t forget to check the website for new blog posts, job postings, updates about the Great Places Program and Marvin Collins Awards nominations, conference planning updates and more.  And as always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or would like to find out how to get involved in the Chapter.