American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

Great Places

Finalists announced in the People’s Choice categories: Great Places for Healthy Living and Great Historic Rehabilitation!

Celebrating five years of Great Places in North Carolina and the communities that sustain them.

Finalists for the People’s Choice Award in the “Great Place for Healthy Living” category are listed below. Vote here:  Great Place for Healthy Living

  • Beech Mountain
  • Carrboro
  • Indian Trail
  • Mount Airy
  • Pitt County (County Home Complex)
  • Winston-Salem (West Salem neighborhood)

Finalists for the People’s Choice Award in the “Great Historic Rehabilitation” category are listed below. Vote here: Great Historic Rehabilitation

  • Bermuda Run (WinMock Barn)
  • Burgaw (Burgaw Train Depot)
  • Fayetteville (Moonlight Building)
  • Greensboro (Southeastern Building)
  • Greenville (Superblock project)
  • Mebane (White Furniture Factory)
  • Shelby (Newgrass Brewing Company)

Voting will be open until Friday May 13th, 5pm. Only one vote per person per entry will be counted per day. Multiple votes from the same IP address will not be counted. If voter fraud is suspected, the votes in question will be disqualified.

2016 Great Places in NC Awards Program

What makes a “Great Place?” We’d like to hear from you. The Great Places in North Carolina program is thrilled to be celebrating its five-year anniversary in 2016. The program launched in 2012 with an aim to put a public face on planning—specifically sharing best practices and “feel good” stories that might be of use to fellow practitioners, as well as conveying to the public the intrinsic value of community planning.

In the past four years, the Great Places in NC program has recognized twenty-six communities spanning a cross section of our great state. The program solicits nominations from planning professionals for the Great Main Street and Great Main Street In-the-Making awards. The general public has nominated great places for the People’s Choice awards in a variety of categories over the years.

In 2016, the program will once again recognize Great Main Streets and Great Main Streets In-the-Making. For the People’s Choice awards, the program will recognize Great Historic Rehabilitation projects again, as well as a new category—Great Places for Healthy Living.

Now is the chance to share your great place’s story by nominating it for a 2016 Great Places in North Carolina award.

Nominations will be accepted March 28th- April 22nd

Online voting will run from May 2nd – May 13th

People’s Choice Contests

Online contest. Anyone can nominate in the two People’s Choice categories. Nominations are accepted until April 22nd. Then, each category is narrowed down to six finalists by a statewide Expert Panel. Those finalists are placed on the website for voting by the public May 2nd-13th. Each category will have one winner based on the number of votes received by 5pm on May 13th.

 

People’s Choice: Great Place for Healthy Living

Click Here to Show Us Your Great Place for Healthy Living

With just 100 words and a photo, you can nominate your Great Place for Healthy Living for this year’s People’s Choice award. More and more, people have come to value communities that provide opportunities for healthy living. Whether it’s an active bicycle or greenway network, concerted efforts for social interaction and/or aging in place, access to locally-sourced foods, a commitment to sustainable ecosystems and the environment, or the active involvement of children in the community –healthy living has no boundaries. Tell us why your community embodies a Great Place for Healthy Living!

People’s Choice: Great Historic Rehabilitation

Click Here to Show Us Your Great Historic Rehabilitation

Historic rehabilitation projects provide opportunities for economic development and community building, while respecting traditional building practices and town planning. Think of 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. What were the positive outcomes of this project? With just 100 words and a photo, tell us why you think your historic rehabilitation project is great!

PROFESSIONAL’S CATEGORIES

This award category for Main Streets is geared toward planning professionals as the nomination form is more detailed, requiring in-depth descriptions of the partnerships that worked to create the Main Street. However, the nomination form has been streamlined as compared to years past in an effort to provide better access to more planners across the state.

Nomination forms are accepted until April 22nd. Then, a statewide Expert Panel chooses winners based on the submitted information and pictures. The Panel will be announced mid-May.

Professional’s Category: Great Main Streets

Members of APA-NC can nominate a Great Main Street to join the ranks of the best in North Carolina. If you are not a member of APA-NC, contact your local town planner about submitting a nomination. Four Main Streets representing the Coast, Piedmont (one large and one small community), and Mountains will be chosen by an Expert Panel.

Email forms and photos to greatplacesnc@gmail.com by 5pm on April 22nd.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

Professional’s Category: Great Main Street In-the-Making

If you are a member of APA-NC, nominate a Great Place that’s still being planned or is only partly on the ground with a lot of potential for greatness. If you are not a member of APA-NC, contact your local town planner about submitting a nomination. One Great Place In-the-Making” will be chosen by an Expert Panel.

Email forms and photos to greatplacesnc@gmail.com by 5pm on April 22nd.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

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.