American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Great Places

Nominate Now! Great Places in North Carolina 2017

It’s time to start thinking about the many places in our state that deserve recognition in 2017! We are once again celebrating the great places of North Carolina and the planners, business leaders, elected officials, and partnerships that create and sustain these places. Nominations will be accepted from January 3-31.

Great Main Street (Professional Category)


Great Main Streets are just that – streets that are gathering places for community events, visitors, and residents. They are streets for people, travelers, shopping, and dining and are integral places for creating a sense of community or place.

Great Transformation (Professional Category)


Great Transformations include places that have been reenergized – whether a shopping mall that’s been retrofitted into a mixed-use community, an abandoned industrial area transformed into artist lofts, or a recently rejuvenated neighborhood.

Great Historic Rehabilitation (People’s Choice)


With just 100 words and a photo, tell us why you think your historic rehabilitation project is great!  Nominate a project that used tax credits and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, represents a signature project for a jurisdiction, and has community support.

Great Public Space (People’s Choice)


With just 100 words and a photo, tell us why you think your public space is great!  Nominate a public space that is a gathering spot within the public realm that helps promote social interaction and a sense of community. Show us your great plazas, town squares, parks, marketplaces, public commons and malls, piers, sites within public buildings, lobbies, concourses, or even public spaces within private buildings! We are challenging everyone to either make a nomination or encourage someone to make a nomination. Great Places selected for the award are publicized by APA-NC statewide, invited to Town Hall Day in Raleigh, and are asked to speak at the state APA conference. Additionally, winning communities will be recognized at a public event in their community. Past winners have used their Great Place recognition for grant applications, economic development efforts, and public relations outreach. Plus, Great Places serve as wonderful examples of the planning profession at its best.

About the Great Places in NC Awards Program

Great Places in North Carolina is an awards program created in 2012 to highlight North Carolina’s Great Places and the communities and people that have created them. North Carolina is full of amazing places that make this state a wonderful place to live, bring important money and jobs into our economy, and keep our communities thriving. Many people work hard to create, sustain, and improve these places, including citizens, planners, business leaders, and elected officials. This is a chance for everyone to celebrate together! Join us as we celebrate the great achievements of our communities! Want to learn more? Download the NC Great Places Presentation.