A Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the Sun Coast Section! We are a division of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). Our goal is to provide our diverse membership with an equally diverse range of professional development, networking and other opportunities. If you are interested in joining, please visit the national APA website, www.planning.org, or the state chapter website, www.floridaplanning.org.
Did you know that you can receive our Section news and announcement emails for free even if you’re not a member? We are transitioning to a new email service, so please check back here soon for the new sign up form. Also, please be sure to visit the calendar page for information on upcoming events. We’d love to see you at an event!
Stephen Benson, AICP, CNU-a
Sun Coast Section Chair
Latest News and Events
- 2016/2017 Sun Coast Section Mentor a Planning Student Program August 17, 2016
Please consider signing up as a mentor or mentee through the USF/APA Sun Coast Mentor a Planning Student (MAPS) program! Last year’s participants described the program as “wonderful,” “fantastic,” and a “great experience.”
The program is designed to expose students and emerging professionals to the work environments, responsibilities, and interactions of of professional planners in Florida. The program runs from October 2016 to April 2017 and has three basic requirements: 1) an in-office shadowing experience, 2) an out-of-office shadowing experience (i.e. working with a client or stakeholder), and 3) resume review.
For questions or more information, see the guide or contact the Program Coordinators:
Sun Coast MAPS program – SunCoastMAPS@gmail.com
MAPS Coordinator, Sun Coast – Kathryn Gademer – firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 369-5615
USF MURP Contact – Van Linkous – email@example.com or (813) 310-0341
Thank you to 2015 – 2016 MAPS Mentors!
- Ashly Anderson
- Stephen Benson
- Whit Blanton
- J. Lisle Bozeman
- Bob Bray
- Diane Chadwick
- Jay Collins
- Shaun Drinkard
- James Fogarty
- Evan Johnson
- Tony LaColla
- Anthony Matonti
- Roger Menendez
- James Ratliff
- Troy Salisbury
- Marcie Stenmark
- Melissa Zornitta
- Great Events in May! May 5, 2016
There are a lot of great events in Sun Coast coming up this month! From networking and learning in Bradenton, to a Port Tampa Bay Tour, read all about them in the latest issue of the Horizon’s Newsletter!
- Sun Coast Section Annual Awards Reception March 24, 2016
Sun Coast Section Annual Awards Reception:
Featuring a lecture by Gil Penalosa, Chair of 8 80 Cities, World Urban Parks
2014 Sun Coast Section Annual Awards ReceptionWhen: April 20th, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Tampa Museum of Art – 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
$10 – Lecture Only
$40 – Reception Only
$50 – Lecture + ReceptionJoin your fellow planners from across the Tampa Bay area to celebrate the best and brightest accomplishments in the planning community.
In partnership with the Live Move Student Group at the University of South Florida, the Section is pleased to host a special guest lecture featuring Gil Penalosa. Gil is the former Commissioner of Parks for the City of Bogota and founder of the “open streets” movement. The lecture will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at the Tampa Museum of Art. Light refreshments will be served.
Following the lecture, please join us for the Section’s Annual Awards Reception on the patio overlooking the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. The following awards will be announced and celebrated:
- Award of Excellence – Honoring an organization, initiative, planning process or project that has been conceived or implemented within the last three years.
- Distinguished Service – Honoring a planning professional or community member who has made significant contributions to the community over an extended period of time.
- Planner of the Year – Honoring a planning professional who has made significant contributions to the community or planning profession over the past year.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
Event proceeds support programs benefiting planning students at the ...
- Sun Coast Past Events January 15, 2015
Annual Awards Reception – November 21, 2014
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