APA Interact September 25, 2019

This week at APA
2019 Great Places in America

The 2019 Great Places in America demonstrate the value that planning brings to communities.

This year's Great Streets, Neighborhoods, and Public Spaces make their communities more equitable, accessible, welcoming, and environmentally and economically sustainable for residents and visitors alike.
2019 Great Neighborhoods

Great Neighborhoods are cherished by the people who live, work, and play within their borders. We recognize the 2019 Great Neighborhoods for meeting the diverse needs of their inhabitants and promoting community involvement, security, prosperity, and sustainability.
Downtown Lee's Summit
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Downtown Patchogue Village
Patchogue, New York
Short North Arts District
Columbus, Ohio
2019 Great Public Spaces

Great Public Spaces provide a social gathering space and foster a sense of community. They bring energy and vitality to their surrounding neighborhoods or nearby downtown with green space, public art, and community events.
Pioneer Park
Mesa, Arizona
Neponset River Greenway
Boston, Massachusetts
Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook
Amsterdam, New York
Governors Island
New York, New York
Gathering Place
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Discovery Green
Houston, Texas
2019 Great Streets

Great Streets accommodate a variety of needs: driving, parking, walking, biking, transit, and more. Pleasing design, updated infrastructure, landscaping, and architecture create a safe and pleasant space, supporting and strengthening businesses and the entire community.
Artery Hopkins
Hopkins, Minnesota
Water Street
Henderson, Nevada
Cleveland Street
Redmond, Washington


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Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

Today is Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, APA's signature advocacy event of the year, and right now your fellow planners are speaking with their legislators about critical funding for transportation and community development and policies that support a smarter transportation future. You can join them and make your voice heard on important planning issues. Follow along with your colleagues on the Hill with #APAPolicy19.

Tell your senators to support increases in transportation and community development funding.

Tell Congress what you want to see in the next surface transportation law.
New October 1 – "A Knick in Time: The Demise of the State Action Barrier to Federal Takings Litigation after Knick v. Township of Scott" (Register; free)

October 9 – "Don't Go to Bed Angry! Have a Better Planning Commission Meeting" CM | 1.25 (Register; pricing varies for members and nonmembers)

New October 10  – "Gentrification, Displacement, and the Law" webinar sponsored by the Planning and Law Division CM | 1.50 (Register by October 9; pricing varies for division members, nonmembers, and groups)

October 15 – "Engagement Techniques for Latino Communities" webinar sponsored by the Latinos and Planning Division. CM | 1.50 (Register by October 14; pricing varies for division members, nonmembers, and groups
5 Keys to Igniting Your Job Search

Frustration is common for many job seekers, no matter where you're at in your career. The CEO and Creative Joy Director of Career Unicorns, Samorn Selim, shares five key strategies you can use to make the job search much easier.
Five ways to renew your APA membership

Is your APA membership due to expire on September 30? If you're not sure, check "Membership paid through date" below. Here are five fast ways to renew and stay with APA:
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  2. Call 312-431-9100
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Senior Economic Developer
Capitalize Albany Corporation
Albany, NY
Transportation Planning Manager
Town of Gilbert
Gilbert, AZ
Urban Designer/Planner
San Francisco, CA
General Plan Update
City of Hurricane
Hurricane, UT
Comprehensive Plan Update
Town of York
York, ME
Economic Development Strategic Plan
Village of Glenview
Glenview, IL

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