- 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. ...
- 2017 Minority Scholarships Awarded November 13, 2017
APA Florida is pleased to recognize Daphne Green and Wisnerson Benoit as the recipients of the 2017 Minority Scholarship. This scholarship is meant to celebrate planning and foster increased interest in planning by providing financial support for planning students who are members of underserved ethnic groups and who attend a PAB-accredited planning institution or urban planning program actively seeking PAB accreditation in the state of Florida. Daphne received the $2,000 scholarship and Wisnerson the $1,500.
Both recipients are currently enrolled at FSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Daphne is focusing on neighborhood planning and community design while Wisnerson is concentrating on economic development. Both have a strong future in the field of planning and APA Florida is happy to support them in their studies!
Daphne: “I would like to use my voice to inspire communities to organize, create neighborhood associations and committees with the wherewithal to demand the services and infrastructure they know their communities need from decision makers who would usually not help them up the participation ladder”
Wisnerson: “My goal as a planner is based upon my desire to design equitable solutions and lead implementation of policies that result in increased chances in communities that are often neglected by the cold calculations of the growth machine.”
- Treasure Coast Section selected to host 2018 State Conference! July 20, 2017
Treasure Coast Section Chair Josh Long, AICP, announced the Treasure Coast Section has been selected to host the 2018 State Conference! The conference will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and the new Hilton West Palm Beach from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14, 2018. The State Conference will provide the Treasure Coast Section an opportunity to showcase all that the Treasure Coast has to offer. Josh’s team will begin planning for the conference soon and is looking for volunteers. The Section will need volunteers for the following subcommittees:
- Receptions (identifying locations for receptions)
- Program (speakers and sessions)
- Mobile workshops (identifying and organizing local tours for mobile workshops)
- Marketing/Sponsorships (getting sponsors and exhibitors)
- Volunteers (organizing volunteers to help during the actual conference)
- Conference websites (posting conference materials on website)
If you have any interest in volunteering or have any questions regarding the 2018 State Conference, please email Josh at email@example.com. See you in West Palm Beach!
- A Student’s Take: Medical Marijuana and the Sunshine State: Project Based Learning for Emerging Planners May 30, 2017
By Jarrell Smith
Writing papers, studying for exams, giving presentations, and completing group assignments are all elements individuals experience during their college journey. Correct? Well, how about assisting a local police department in creating a robust transportation and delivery program for medical cannabis (marijuana?)
During the spring 2017 semester at the University of Florida, a group of students enrolled in a crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) course applied CPTED principles to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in Alachua County.
According to course leader, Dr. Richard Schneider¹, modern CPTED theory and practice includes an emphasis on surveillance, access control designs, the creation of clearly defined spaces and hierarchies, and the recognition of conflicting uses and activities. At the start of the course, students are asked to focus on one of the following planning related themes:
2) zoning and land use
3) exterior design and signage
4) interior design and store layout
5) security plans and systems
6) risk assessment
7) transportation and delivery
I focused on applying CPTED principles to the transportation and delivery of medical marijuana.
Before enrolling in the CPTED course, most of the students were unaware that medical marijuana had been legalized in the state of Florida.
Consequently, reviewing the Florida Statutes was the first step in the research process. After examining the statutes, the investigators began exploring the regulations other states implemented for medical marijuana. Subsequently, the students consulted Dr. Schneider to determine the most suitable CPTED standards that could reduce opportunities for crime in relatively cost-efficient ways.
Finally, the researchers had the opportunity to present the initial findings and recommendations to public officials from the City of Gainesville and Alachua County at large (Figure 1). In reference to the transportation and delivery of medical cannabis, I know that a comprehensive transportation strategy is vital for the medical marijuana industry considering ...
- Student Articles Wanted April 5, 2017
APA Florida is currently seeking student article submissions for their quarterly magazine Florida Planning and also for their monthly e-newsletter (click here for examples of each). These articles are a great way for students to promote their work, build their resumes and connect with planning professionals.
A list of available article topics and corresponding deadlines are here (strikethroughs indicate topics that have already been assigned). Students are encouraged to relate their chosen topic to past or present academic, internship or professional work, however, they are not required to have any expertise on these subjects.
Interested students should contact Patti Shea (firstname.lastname@example.org) briefly indicating their topic of interest and what they intend to write about at least two weeks prior to the article deadline. Once confirmed, article drafts for Florida Planning are expected to be between 500 – 750 words and e-news articles should be between 300 – 400 words.
Please contact Patti Shea (email@example.com) at the Chapter Office with any additional questions.