APA MN June 2016 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - June 2016

Officer Elections for APA MN

This is a final reminder to submit your candidacy for APA MN officer elections by June 3, 2016. 

APA MN members may run for any of the four positions on the Executive Committee: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer. Nominees must be members of the National APA. Interested candidates must submit a bio (two to three paragraphs), the position for which they are running, contact information, and a photo with their nomination to Elections will be facilitated by National APA in August, with the results being announced in September.
If you would like to know more about these positions, please feel free to contact Breanne Rothstein, APA MN President, at 763-231-4863 or via email at

EDAM Summer Conference

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) Summer Conference will be held June 8-10, 2016 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth. The Professional Development Committee has planned another great conference program full of timely and informative educational sessions, great speakers, and opportunities to build valuable relationships with new and existing colleagues. Online registration is available through June 8.

MN State Bar Association Mixers

The Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Law section is coordinating regional happy hours Wednesday June 22, 2016, for local government planning officials and legal professionals. This event will be an opportunity to meet with colleagues and attorneys from around the region in a relaxed social atmosphere. The happy hour is meant to be all inclusive so please invite your staff or neighbor down the hall. RSVP’s are appreciated to ensure ample appetizers and refreshments. You can RSVP with Shawn Carlson by email at or by phone at 612-278-6305.

Location Time Address
Duluth 4:30-6:30 pm TBD
St. Cloud 4:30-6:30 pm Rinke Noonan, 1015 W St Germain St, St Cloud, MN 56303
Twin Cities 4:30-6:30 pm Day Block Brewing, 1105 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Mankato 4:30-6:30 pm Children’s Museum of Southern MN, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato, MN 56001


CM Credit for Pro Bono Activities

Starting April 1, 2016, AICP members can earn CM credits for pro bono planning service. Credit for pro bono planning service is a component of the self-report option, which allows members to claim up to eight credits per reporting period. One credit can be claimed for each hour of eligible pro bono planning service. More information about CM credits for pro bono planning service can be found here. In order to claim credits for pro bono service, members must watch a web-based tutorial and complete a self-reporting form to document what they learned.  

500 Cities Project Webinar

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be hosting an informational webinar on the 500 Cities Project on June 30, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT. This project will identify, analyze, and report city and census tract-level data, obtained using small area estimation methods, for 27 disease measures for the 500 largest American cities. Register online


New Parks, Trails, Health Workbook

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) have created a new tool to assist communities and we need your help spreading the word. Well-designed parks and trails can promote physical activity, reduce stress, and provide environmental benefits. The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).

Bridge Conditions Online Map

Transportation for America has an online mapping tool that shows bridge condition ratings across the nation. The Fix We’re In For: 2015 Bridge Conditions has a searchable map for the country, as well as state-specific reports, with summary statistics by county. 


Public Data Visualization Tool

DataUSA is a new, comprehensive, open-source visualization venture launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Labs and consulting and auditing firm Deloitte. For any county, city, metro, and state in the U.S., this site pulls up visualizations of data on the economy, demographics, health, education, and housing.

Transit and Job Access Tool

The Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology and New York City–based TransitCenter have developed AllTransit, an interactive transit tool that maps the access, quality, and use of transit across 371 cities in the United States, aggregating and mapping data from 805 transit agencies, 15,070 routes, and 543,787 bus and rail stops nationwide.


Green Infrastructure Webinar

June 3 (12 noon CDT) – County Planning Division – Be Project Ready: Go from Opportunistic to Strategic Green Infrastructure – With limited budgets, communities must prioritize options for addressing flood hazards and the costs of those options. Coastal green infrastructure is a strategy for reducing impacts from storm surge, sea level rise, and precipitation and includes approaches across different scales. This presentation will highlight resources to help communities go from opportunistic to strategic green infrastructure planning.


Airport Land Use Webinar

June 10 (12 noon CDT) – Virginia Chapter – Airport Land Use and Noise Compatibility – This session will address land use compatibility around the airport in your community, and will touch on the following topics: (1) land use, (2) noise, and (3) land acquisition.


Where We Want to Live Webinar

June 17 (12 noon CDT) – Transportation Planning Division – Where We Want to Live – Ryan Gravel, author of the original thesis for the Atlanta Beltline, will discuss the topics of his new book, “Where We Want to Live – Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities.” This fresh take on the future of cities investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how a more thoughtful design for the construction of our lives can illuminate a brighter path forward.

Sustainability Programs Webinar

June 24 (12 noon CDT) – Upstate NY Chapter – The State of Sustainability Programs in the Northeast – This webinar will feature speakers from the Northeast speaking on sustainability programs and planning support for local governments offered in each state. They will describe the results of state programs, and provide an update on efforts to build a national network of state-based sustainability programs.

Job Opportunities and RFPs/RFQs

Job listings and RFPs/RFQs can be found on the APA MN website. Current listings (and application deadlines) include:

  • City of Bismarck – Planner (6/5/16)
  • City of St. Cloud – St. Cloud Riverwalk Master Plan (6/15/16)
  • Vierbicher – Community Development Consultant, Associate Planner/Planner II (6/17/16)
  • Vierbicher – Economic Development Planner, Senior Planner (until filled)
  • Johnson County, IA – Assistant Planning, Development and Sustainability Director (until filled)
  • City of Hutchinson – Planning/Building Enforcement Internship (until filled)
  • Hometown Planning – Assistant Planner (until filled)
Upcoming Events

Green Infrastructure Webinar

APA MN Candidacy Deadline

EDAM Summer Conference

Airport Land Use Webinar

Where We Want to Live Webinar

State Bar Association Mixers

Sustainability Programs Webinar

500 Cities Project Webinar
Weber Community Planning
Great Plains Institute
106 Group
West Central Initiative
WSB & Associates
SRF Consulting
Applied Ecological Services
Cornejo Consulting
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter
Phone: 1-888-882-5369 (toll free)
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