- 2018 APA Florida Project Awards March 28, 2018
WINDOW FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS NOW CLOSED.
Winners will be announced in September at the Annual Conference in West Palm Beach
One of the keystone features of the annual conference is the recognition of your outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership through the APA Florida Project Awards Program. The program consists of six award categories and one student award:
- Planning Project
- Comprehensive Plans (small and large jurisdiction)
- Best Practices
- Grassroots Initiative
- Neighborhood Planning
- Innovation in Planning for All Ages
- Outstanding Student Project
The volunteer committee scores each entry using the following criteria:
- originality and innovation
- quality, transferability
- role of planners
Please refer to the Project Awards application and information because not all criteria apply to each award type. Keep the criteria in mind when you select your nomination for the 2018 Project Awards Program.
During committee deliberations, projects are recognized as either an Award of Merit or an Award of Excellence. The highest honor, an Award of Excellence, is bestowed for projects that exhibit excellence in nearly every aspect of their planning and execution. During the plenary opening session, the videos of the Awards of Excellence are previewed to celebrate the projects.
- Sun Coast Mentoring Programs – MAPS and CAMPs Help Guide Students and Mid-Level Professionals March 8, 2018
The Sun Coast Section offers two opportunities for mentoring and coaching:
The Mentor a Planning Student (MAPS) program matches USF Masters of Urban and Regional planning students with area practitioners. This program typically runs from October to May.
The MAPS program is a partnered initiative between the University of South Florida Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program and the APA Florida Sun Coast Section. Originally launched in 2015, the program has successfully matched over 100 planners and students, benefiting both students and the local planning community. The program extends from October to May. Perks include enhanced internship recruitment, local talent retention, and leadership development for both mentor and mentee. Student mentees value the program because they gain exposure to different career paths and professionals. The practitioner community enjoys the rewards of mentoring as well as the opportunity to connect with future talent.
MAPS information, application and checklists can be downloaded here.
Career Advancement for Mid-Level Planners (CAMPs) provides coaching for mid-level planners interested in career advancement. These planners are matched with local planning executives and leaders.
The CAMPs program runs annually from May to November. The program is based on the successful launch of the section’s MAPS program and is open to mid-level planners in the Sun Coast Section who are interested in growing their careers through a “match” in a voluntary coaching program. This program is open to a wide variety of career objectives, including; transitioning into management, enhancing leadership capabilities, and becoming a more effective and successful planner. This guidebook is designed to provide ideas and suggestions for a successful coaching relationship.
CAMPs information, application and checklists can be downloaded here.
- Spring 2018 Town Hall Lecture Series January 12, 2018
The APA Florida Treasure Coast Section, in conjunction with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and several other organizations, will be co-sponsoring a Spring 2018 Town Hall Lecture Series beginning on Wednesday evening, Jan. 31t at the Historic Jensen Beach Community Center.
Victor Dover, FAICP, the featured speaker on Jan. 31, will address ‘Street Design: The Secret of Great Cities and Towns’. The program will begin at 5:30 pm with a Meet & Greet followed by the lecture by Victor Dover at 6:30 pm. 1.5 AICP CM credits will be sought. There is no charge for the program, but RSVPs are required (email Liz Gulick at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please check our calendar for event specifics, and the following flyer for an overview of the Series: Spring 2018 Lecture Series Flyer
Feb. 21: Ellen Dunham-Jones, FCNU, professor of urban design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Topic: Retrofitting Suburbia For 21st Century Challenges
March 14: Rick Gonzales, AIA, president, REG Architects
Topic: Historic Buildings as Placemaker Anchors
April 11: Raphael Clemente, executive director, Downtown Development Authority, city of West Palm Beach
Topic: The Impact of Art on Towns And Cities
- AICP Exam & New AICP Candidate Pilot Program Webinar November 20, 2017
If you didn’t have a chance to view/attend the AICP Exam & New AICP Candidate Pilot Program webinar on Nov. 14 you can view it here now.
Click here or on the image above to begin the webinar. (Please note that you will have to register to view the webinar. It’s free!)
Here are the two presentations shown during the training.
- Distinguished Contribution to the Chapter: Trina Gilliam November 14, 2017
Trina Gilliam is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to the Chapter Award, which recognizes an APA Florida member who has contributed to the goals and objectives of the APA Florida and to its development plan through an extraordinary effort over a short period of time.
This year’s winner is a little different than those who have received this award in past years. She has been selected, not just because she contributed her time and talents to the planning of this conference, but because she is a wonderful example of how our student members can get involved in APA Florida and make a difference in the short period that they are in school.
Trina Gilliam is an enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working, and self-motivated student, volunteer and professional-in-training. She is currently working on a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the Urban Knights student organization at UCF and actively invites a variety of interesting planning professionals to speak at their events. She is also an active student liaison with the Atlantic Coast Section of APA Florida.
While attending school, Trina also worked as a planning intern with the City of Titusville and recently started as a Planner 1 with Brevard County. Despite all the pressures of school and work, Trina has dedicated a significant amount of her time to helping the Atlantic Coast Section become an active participant in Chapter events. Since the announcement in 2016 of the Chapter conference coming to Daytona, Trina has been instrumental in speaker and session selections and the overall conference programming. She has taken on the thankless task of recruiting and organizing the volunteers that make a conference possible. She was a key contributor to the development of the logo and attended multiple APA Florida executive committee meetings to discuss various items. ...