APA Interact October 30, 2019

This week at APA
Legacy city challenges met head on

Hear about the redevelopment challenges facing legacy cities through the 2019 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas, presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy at the Policy and Advocacy Conference. Learn from Akilah Watkins-Butler of the Center for Community Progress; U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan's 5th District; and Mayor Daniel Horrigan of the City of Akron, Ohio, on topics like equitable and inclusive redevelopment strategies and effective policy approaches.

You can view the recording for free either in APA Learn (and earn the CM | 1.5 ) or on APA's YouTube channel.
Great Places in America: People's Choice winner

Congratulations to Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, North Carolina, for being selected as the 2019 Great Places in America People's Choice! Whirligig Park is the result of a grassroots effort to provide a permanent, one-of-a-kind home for 30 whirligigs created by artist Vollis Simpson. The park was also recognized as a 2019 Great Place by the APA North Carolina Chapter.

"The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is truly an awe-inspiring place; a community living room filled with 30 massive kinetic sculptures spinning in the wind, reflecting sparkling lights after dark, and drawing locals and visitors alike for leisure, education, and entertainment. … This catalyst project, which took eight years to complete, was designed to bring the Wilson community together and spur economic revitalization and tourism in historic downtown Wilson." — Rodger Lentz, AICP

Also competing in the contest were Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville, Minnesota, and Davis Square in Somerville, Massachusetts. Thanks to all who participated by suggesting great places and voting in the final poll! Learn more about the 2019 Great Places in America.
National Community Planning Month wraps up

As National Community Planning Month concludes, visit our resource hub to share how you celebrated and demonstrated your planning success through this year's theme, Planning for Infrastructure That Benefits All.
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Apply for student awards

Students: Submit your nominations for this year's Student Project Awards and Outstanding Planning Student Organization Awards. Apply for both by November 15. APA will honor award recipients at the 2020 National Planning Conference in Houston.
Call for Urbanism Next conference proposals

Submit proposals by December 5 for the 2020 Urbanism Next conference held May 13–15, in Portland, Oregon. The conference will explore themes of new mobility technologies, e-commerce growth, and the anticipated deployment of autonomous vehicles. 
Register for World Town Planning Day online conference

From November 4–8, the Canadian Institute of Planners will hold a week-long online conference, showcasing presentations on important planning issues and innovations from around the world.
Work for APA

APA recently posted the positions of Accounting Specialist and Content Marketing Associate, based in Chicago.
New green building resource collection

Green building encompasses a range of planning, design, and construction practices seeking to reduce energy and water use, improve indoor air quality, and minimize pollution. Explore Green Building, the latest addition to APA's Research KnowledgeBase, to discover resources demonstrating how cities and counties are using plans, regulations, and programs to require or create incentives for green building practices.
APA Learn: "Regional Green Infrastructure Strategies and Tools"

In this course, explore the processes and tools employed in the first stage of the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy, and learn how these innovative landscape-scale "green infrastructure" planning techniques can be applied to other regions." CM | 1.25
Planning History Timeline: National Park Service

On August 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service within the U.S. Department of the Interior and tasking it with preserving natural and historic areas in the United States. View the full timeline.
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