APA Interact April 29, 2020

This Week at APA
April 29, 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is shaping our communities and influencing many choices as a growing, but often unseen force. Elected officials, government administrators, planners, and allied professionals should have a strong understanding of the potential impacts and benefits posed by AI in their communities.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes offers examples of how AI can be used to help local governments make better-informed decisions, communicate more effectively, and improve public safety.
NPC20 @ Home begins today! Follow along on social media with #NPC20atHome.
Helping planners access CARES Act information

We want to help make accessing programs and stabilization funds included in the CARES Act easy for planners. This new APA resource page outlines CARES Act guidance by category — and we will update this page as new information is released.

The New Shape of Play
Endless formations of fun are rooted in the new geometric playscapes of Hedra™, Hedra Scout and Hedra Towers by Landscape Structures. These tessellated shapes create playful pods that link together, forming a fascinating interconnected matrix of three-dimensional play.
Six ways planners can help local business in a crisis

Planners can help lay the groundwork for a faster and stronger recovery by responding to immediate community needs to help businesses survive the current disruptions. View six response strategies that can help your community weather the storm.
Planning First Look
Protecting the public interest

Sean Maguire, AICP, discusses technologies and public meetings in this new Viewpoint. "If we fail to adapt, we risk losing trust in our work as planners." PLUS: "When You Can't Shelter at Home" explores how cities are working to keep unhoused populations safe. Continue to turn to Planning for new, weekly coverage of the pandemic, its impacts on communities, and how the planning profession is adapting.
Congratulations, 2020 National Planning Award recipients

These award recipients' achievements exemplify planners' best efforts to create stronger, healthier, and more just communities. Missed the virtual awards ceremony? You can view the playback on our Facebook page, and even create your own virtual watch party!
Apply for APA Foundation scholarships

Each year, the APA Foundation awards scholarships to attract the best and brightest to the planning profession, investing in students from historically underrepresented groups and with limited means. As COVID-19 continues to change our lives and our communities, we know that Foundation scholarships are more important than ever to students and our profession.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply beginning April 30.
Connect with fellow students and industry experts

Hosted by the Student Representatives Council Executive Committee: Hear how students are navigating through the "new normal," and listen to industry experts on the planning job market and how they're tackling on-the-job challenges. Register before the event on May 16 at noon CT.
Healthline and Feeding America: Stronger Scholarship

Healthline is looking for two undergraduates and two graduate students pursuing the advancement of food security, food distribution, nutrition access, and the availability of healthy food. Submit your application by April 30.
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Housing Specialist
City of Cambridge - Planning & Zoning Dept.
Cambridge, MD
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City of Maricopa
Maricopa, AZ
Countywide Historic Preservation Plan Phase 2
County of Maui Department of Planning
Wailuku, HI
Highway 49 Corridor Plan
Town of Harrisburg
Harrisburg, NC
Small Area Plan
Village of Pinehurst
Pinehurst, NC

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