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Event Calendar

Preparing for State Legislative Sessions @ webinar
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presented by APA’s Policy and Advocacy Team.  Must be an APA member.  Approved for 1 CM credit.

Preparing for Planning Commission Meetings: Staff Reports @ webinar
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

In an increasingly digital world, what’s the best way for staff to create reports for the planning commission? Learn tips for effective, clear communication, preparing graphic information, and what should — and should not — appear in a staff report.

This is the first of a three-part series on managing planning commission meetings. See Managing the Planning Commission Meeting and Legal Decision Making for Planning Commissioners for other segments.

Ideal for group training!

Registrants will receive two access points allowing viewing in two locations for unlimited attendees, as well as a recording of the program after the event.

Must be a member to register.  Approved for 0.5 CM.

Venture House Tour @ Venture House
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As planners, how can we address the challenges of providing affordable housing for local artists and entrepreneurs without gentrifying an area? The Suncoast YPG hosts an afternoon tour of the Venture House, an affordable arts housing project in the heart of South St. Petersburg. This tour will be led by Frank Wells, Founder and President of the Venture House nonprofit, along with Anthony Jones, CEO of Bright Community Trust, and Tracy Kennard, founder of the Warehouse Arts District. Post discussion about this residential development project will occur at Three Daughters Brewery, afterward. Three House Daughters Brewing is located at 222 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

The tour and discussion will take place on:

When: Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Venture House: 1830 20th St S
St. Petersburg, FL, 33712


Space is limited to the first 30 RSVPs. For more information about this event, contact Mara Latorre, Sun Coast YPG Ambassador, at

Smart Cities Student Design Competition @ webinar
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Members of the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council will be hosting an informational webinar on APA’s inaugural Smart Cities Student Design Competition. There will be a brief 15 to 20 minute presentation to provide background information on the competition and site, followed by an open question and answer period.

Interested participants should review the competition’s eligibility and submission criteria at

After the webinar, questions sent to will be accepted until Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Completed entries are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017, by 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Gold Coast Section Monthly Executive Board Meeting @ MIami Center for Architecture and Design
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Gold Coast Section Board meetings

Gold Coast Section Board meetings

All Gold Coast Section members are invited to attend the monthly Executive Board meetings, which generally take place the 1st Saturday of each month, starting at 9:30 am, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Miami.

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