News Release: April 20, 2016

One Week Left to Nominate Your Great Place

APA’s Great Places in America program accepting suggestions through April 29, 2016.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Will your favorite street, neighborhood or public space make this year’s list of the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America? Not unless you nominate it for consideration!

APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – three essential components of all communities. Nominations for the 2016 designees are accepted through Friday, April 29, 2016.

The nomination process is simple. Anyone can submit a nomination – you do not have to be an APA member. Fill out a one-page form to identify your suggestion and its geographic location. Then list the planning importance of your neighborhood, street or public space. No need to submit images. Email forms to

All suggestions will be reviewed by an APA board-appointed committee, which will determine this year’s designees. The 2016 Great Places in America designees will be announced in October during National Community Planning Month.

APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day. They are defined by many characteristics including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement. The program launched in 2007 and to date, 245 Great Places have been designated in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic, and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago with almost 38,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit


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Roberta Rewers, APA Communications, 312.786.6395;