APA Interact May 22, 2019

This week at APA:
Scholarships available

APA Foundation Scholarships advance social equity in the profession and in our communities. Women, people of color and indigenous descent, veterans, disabled persons, and members of the LGBTQ community who are currently enrolled in Planning Accreditation Board-approved programs are encouraged to apply. Applications for both APA Foundation Scholarships and the Charles Abrams Scholarship will be accepted through June 20.
President's Challenge goal exceeded

The APA Foundation raised more than $27,000 at NPC19, exceeding the goal of APA President Kurt Christiansen's Fundraising Challenge. In addition to funding student scholarships, donations to the Foundation help resource-limited and disaster-affected communities and support research that equips planners to help communities plan for the future.
Video wins top award

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts honored the APA Foundation video, "We the Planners Believe," with a 2019 Communicator Award of Distinction. The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

Congratulations to the APA Foundation team!


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Kaua'i County receives Daniel Burnham Award

In the spirit of Kaua'i Kākou ("We're all in this together"), local government leaders, community groups, residents, and planners created the Kaua'i County (Hawaii) General Plan. Nineteen policies address critical issues, guide the county's growth, and celebrate cultural heritage while mapping a county-wide system of action, evaluation, and accountability. The plan received APA's 2019 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan.
Congress: Support a federal gas tax increase

Yesterday, APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, praised proposed legislation that would bolster the Transportation Trust Fund — the primary source of federal transportation funding — by incrementally increasing the federal tax on gasoline and diesel. His statement preceded today's White House meeting in which President Trump and congressional leaders are expected to reach an agreement on funding for infrastructure. The Rebuild America Act of 2019 introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) would ensure the solvency of America's existing federal transportation program, address an infrastructure investment shortfall estimated at more than $1 trillion, and move toward a more sustainable funding source. A similar policy solution is part of APA's new surface transportation policy guide approved at the NPC19 Delegate Assembly in April.
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From the Planning History Timeline

The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 created the Community Development Block Grant program to distribute community development funds using a flexible, multi-faceted formula. The act also created Section 8 housing support, which provides housing rental assistance to low-income households, and the first federal urban homesteading initiative. Visit the Timeline
Wind energy resources

Explore Wind Energy, the latest collection in APA's Research KnowledgeBase, for background, practical guidance, and examples of plans and regulations that illustrate how cities and counties encourage use of this clean, renewable source of electricity.
If you build it, they may dance

When planners create public spaces without knowing how the public will use them, tension can ensue. A recent article in the Journal of the American Planning Association uses urban dancing to explore the challenges of planning for uncertain uses by unknown populations of users.
CTA or T? MTA or Metro? Vote now!

Get ready for National Transportation Planning Day on June 10 by participating in the APA Transportation Planning Division's first-ever Transit Bracket Challenge. Four rounds of voting based on completely subjective criteria will earn the winning transit system accolades and bragging rights for an entire year! The division will announce the winner on social media.
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Writing competition

Enter the Planning and Law Division student writing competition by June 7.
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