American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Great Places

APA-NC Names 2018 Great Places Award Winners

Eight communities in North Carolina have been recognized as Great Places as part of the 2018 APA-NC Great Places Awards Program. These communities represent some of the best planning efforts in North Carolina, and serve as models for visioning, partnerships, and collaboration. This is the seventh year that APA-NC has recognized Great Places.

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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.

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.

APA-NC’s Great Main Street and Main Street in the Making awards are not affiliated with Main Street America or the NC Main Street Program.