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scholarship-applicationAPA Florida Minority Student Scholarship Applications Due. Oct. 30

Click here for the Scholarship Guidelines and the application/financial need forms. If you have any questions, please contact Alex Magee at or 850-201-3272.





October Is National Community Planning Month

This month, we’re joining with planners from across the country to celebrate who planners are and the lasting value thoughtful planning has on communities of all sizes. We invite you to get to know the planners in your community; learn about the local planning initiatives underway; and maybe even attend your first planning commission meeting.

Learn more about National Community Planning Month at




Event Calendar

6th Annual Southwest Florida GIS Symposium. @ Minnesota Twins Development Academy
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The event has grown over the years to become the premier GIS event in Southwest Florida and is open to professionals, students, and vendors. The symposium includes presentations by industry leader ESRI on new and innovative techniques, tools, and GIS applications, paper and poster presentations from your GIS colleagues, and vendor exhibits. There will also be opportunities to network with fellow GIS users from a variety of industries and agencies.

Registration is now OPEN! Cost: $15 for professionals and $5 for full time students.

Symposium Website: , click on Registration along the left rail.

Please read all the directions first. Each attendee must register individually and set up an account in the registration system. If you have issues registering, please contact Denise Potter 239-533-7401.
2016 SWFL GIS Symposium
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“A Natural Solution for Springs Protection” A Lecture by Dr Robert Knight as part of the Ernest R. Bartley Memorial Lecture Series – October 27, 2016 @ Thomas Center - Spanish Court
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
10 Annual Ethics Seminar: Looking Forward and Looking Back @ Boca Raton Campus of Palm Beach State College
Nov 4 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Registration Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Register here

Approved for 7 AICP CM Credits, including 3.0 each in Ethics & Law

See below and the attached flyer for additional information about the 2016 Annual Ethics Seminar, including the program topics, keynote and confirmed speakers, benefits, and the on-line registration link (

The seminar has been approved for a total of 7.0 AICP CM Credits, including 3.0 each in Ethics and Law (AM – 3.25 including 1.5 each in Ethics and Law; PM – 3.75, including 1.5 each in Ethics and Law).  FACE, FBLA, and FL BAR continuing education credits have also been applied for or already approved.

The early registration fee is $70 (by Oct. 26), regular registration is $80 (by Nov. 2), and late registration is $90 (Nov. 3 & 4) and includes meals and course materials, including a personal copy of the book Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel.

In keeping with this year’s theme of LOOKING FORWARD AND LOOKING BACK, the program will feature a mix of sessions that highlight lessons learned from the past as well as current and new ethical issues that many of us face in our everyday work experiences.  Sessions will address:

  • The Stages of Moral Development
  • A Decade of Public Ethics in the News
  • Reflections on Corruption County and its Legacy
  • Ethical Challenges in Redevelopment: The Miami-Dade County CRA Grand Jury Report
  • Role of Technology in the Future
  • Repealing Florida’s Corruption Tax
  • Public Ethics in Florida: What’s Behind Us and What May Lie Ahead

Register early so you don’t miss out on another outstanding Ethics Seminar! Questions? Contact Susan Coughanour at or 561-523-0677.

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Gold Coast Section Monthly Executive Board Meeting @ MIami Center for Architecture and Design
Nov 5 @ 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.

4th Annual Florida Automated Vehicle Summit @ Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-46-21-pmHosted by the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE)

Download Conference Agenda – as of 9/28/2016
Download Registration Form
Exhibitor / Sponsorship Opportunities – New!
Exhibit Availability – as of 10/4/2016

The 4th Annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit is an event dedicated to showcasing Florida’s progress in preparing for automated vehicles. With an organized agenda full of industry experts, keynote speakers, and ongoing live demonstrations, attendees will have the opportunity to gain insight into what Florida is doing to create the ideal climate for the implementation and deployment of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. Live demonstrations showcasing connected and automated technologies will provide a visualization of the positive impacts these technologies will have on Florida roadways. The Florida Automated Vehicles Initiative is leading by example with pilot projects, research projects, and open dialogue to ensure Florida serves as a leader in the application of these exciting technologies. The 2016 Florida Automated Vehicles Summit is the premier event to learn about emerging advanced technologies for innovative transportation!

Conference Registration Fees
Payment Deadline: November 8, 2016
Early Registration (through October 25, 2016)
$375 Regular Registration
$199 Student Registration

Late Registration (October 26 – November 8, 2016)
$400 Regular Registration
$199 Student Registration

On-Site Registration (after November 8, 2016)
$425 Regular Registration
$199 Student Registration

Registration Fee includes activities outlined on the agenda.

Confirmation Email
Upon registering for this course you will receive a confirmation email, please keep this email for your records. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 10 business days, please contact our office at (850) 224-7121. Prior to the seminar you will receive an additional email with frequently asked questions.

Requests for registration cancellation must be received in writing by close of business (5pm ET) on November 8, 2016. The cancellation fee is $50. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after this date. Substitutions are permitted at any time.

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
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Hotel Accommodations
$149 per night standard room/waterview balcony, plus applicable taxes. This special rate is available until November 4, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Make your reservation online or call (888) 789-3090. Attendees must identify themselves as part of the 2016 Florida Automated Vehicles Summit (FAVS).

Hotel Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Hotel Check-out: 12:00 Noon

Valet Parking: $24 overnight guests/$18 for daily guests (plus tax).

American Disabilities Act/Special Needs
In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact us at 850-224-7121 to inform us of any special needs that are required to allow your full participation in this program. Please notify us within 30 days of the program to allow sufficient time to accommodate these requests.

Tax Deductibility
Eligibility for tax deductions may apply. Check with your accountant regarding expenses.

By submitting this registration form for the 2016 Florida Automated Vehicles Summit, I hereby release any photographs that may be incidentally taken of me by FES/FICE during this event to be used for any purpose as well as the release of my registration contact information to other attendees, including my name and company.

Questions? Contact Kathy Keiffer at for more details.

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