Training on Managing Visitor Use in Coastal and Marine Protected Areas

NOAA Coastal Services Center is sponsoring a two-day training course, brought to communities by request, on managing visitor use in coastal and marine protected areas.

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Plan for Prosperity

Planning for Prosperity Dinner Program
Sunday, April 15, 2012, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us in Los Angeles for an exploration of shrinking cities.

Lessons from around the country will illuminate the ways that these cities can be regenerated. Joe Schilling will present APA's new PAS Report Cities in Transition. Join us for dinner, the program, and a book signing.

Author Joseph Schilling is the associate director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech. He leads the Institute's Sustainable Communities Initiative that explores the intersection of design, planning and collaboration in the development of sustainable regions, communities and neighborhoods.

His field work serves as a living laboratory for research, service learning, and policy change by extracting and disseminating model programs and practices. Through case studies, policy roundtables and planning studios Schilling's research and technical assistance activities cover diverse topics, such as sustainability planning, vacant property reclamation, urban regeneration, smart growth, active living and zoning code reform. He is also an accomplished public policy facilitator and organizer of dozens of research, policy, and community forums.

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APA Working with EDA

Regions and communities often overlook homegrown resources and local capabilities to innovate and instead concentrate their economic development efforts on attracting outside businesses. Part 3 of APA's "Tools-of-the-Trade," in the April issue of EDA Update, explores the value of community business development programs, entrepreneurship incentives, and business incubators.

Also in this issue: case studies from Wisconsin, Virginia, and Minnesota shed light on building disaster-resistant regional economies.

Learn more about APA's partnership with the Economic Development Administration