News Release: March 30, 2016

APA Honors Excellence in Planning with 2016 National Award Recipients

Award recipients will be honored April 4, 2016, in Phoenix.

CHICAGO—The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2016 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards.

APA’s national awards program is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country – and around the world.

Nine recipients were selected to receive APA’s National Planning Excellence Awards and six recipients were selected to receive Achievement Awards.  Award recipients will be recognized during APA’s National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, April 4, 2016, in Phoenix. Read more about the 2016 award recipients, access images and supplemental materials.

2016 National Planning Excellence Recipients

NashvilleNext

Nashville, Tennessee

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

Homeless Solutions Community 10-Year Plan

Dayton and Montgomery County, Ohio

The HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award

Resilient New Orleans: Strategic actions to shape our future city

New Orleans, Louisiana

National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice

Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Grand Rapids, Michigan

National Planning Excellence Award for Economic Planning & Development

Downtown Columbus Riverfront

Columbus, Ohio

National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation

Commissioner Ann Moore

San Diego, California

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Advocate

Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency

Southern Nevada Strong: Breaking Barriers Through Public Outreach

Regional Lead, City of Henderson, Nevada

National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach

The 606 – Taking Chicago’s Legacy of Great Parks to New Heights

Chicago, Illinois

National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design

 

2016 National Planning Achievement Recipients

The Achievement Awards are a way for the awards jury to recognize good planning work and are similar to an honorable mention.

Kane County Planning Cooperative

Kane County, Illinois

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice

People St

Los Angeles, California

National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice

San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant Master Plan

San Jose, California

National Planning Achievement Award for Environmental Planning

One Region Forward

Buffalo Niagara Region, New York

National Planning Achievement Award for Public Outreach

Ananas New Community

Metro Manila, Philippines

The Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award

Sustainable Growth Strategy for Gabon’s Capital City

Libreville, Gabon, Africa

The Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Achievement Award

 

For additional information about the Excellence and Achievement Award recipients visit: www.planning.org/awards/2016.

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. For more information, visit www.planning.org.

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Contact: Roberta Rewers, APA, 312.786.6395; rrewers@planning.org