APA MN February 2015 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - February 2015

Remembering Aaron Buffington

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our colleague and fellow city planner Aaron Buffington. Aaron was 41 years old with a son and wife Stephanie. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in December of 2013 after going to the doctor for what he thought was a bad cold and cough. He fought for 14 months. His passing occurred at 4:50 am on February 3, 2015. Aaron had worked as a planner in Gunnison, Colorado, for the State of Minnesota, and for the City of Forest Lake.

Aaron was a 50 and 100 mile trail race runner, bow hunter, fisherman, and he enjoyed sports of all kinds. He received his undergrad degree from UMD and his Master's from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. Friends have said Aaron was a great co-worker, man of character, and amazing family man. Please keep Aaron and his family in your thoughts and prayers!

Smart Cities and Smart Mobility

The CTS winter luncheon, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility, will be held 11:30 AM-1:30 PM on February 9, 2015, at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis. Speaker Jaume Barceló of the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona, will discuss the concept of the smart city from a systems point of view. Specifically, he’ll focus on one of the pillars of the smart city—smart mobility—and on his suggested methodology of transportation analytics.

City Planning Technology Survey

Planetizen has released a new City Planning Department Technology Benchmarking Survey for 2015. This report surveys the current state of Internet technology as employed by the planning departments of over 500 cities in the United States. The survey finds that, while almost all cities surveyed have a website, they vary greatly in the way they are used and maintained.

Mapping America's Futures Tool

The Urban Land Institute has recently launched their new Mapping America’s Futures tool. This website allows users to test possible scenarios for how the US population might change by 2020 and 2030. The results are reported by local commuting zone or by state.

MACPZA District E & F Training

A MACPZA District E & F training workshop will be held February 13, 2015, in the Minnesota State University-Mankato Student Union Auditorium Room 245. The contents of this workshop will be directed towards Boards of Adjustment, Planning Commissions and County Boards, and will be for all levels of experience. To register, contact George Leary by February 9. Registration fee $25 per person. 

Resilient Communities RFP

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting proposals from cities and counties to be the community partner for 2015–2016. RCP is a year-long partnership between the University of Minnesota and one local community in Minnesota. Through the partnership, students and faculty from across the University collaborate with the partner community to address its self-defined sustainability-related needs through course-based projects. The collaboration results in on-the-ground impact and momentum for a community working toward a more sustainable and livable future. Deadline for proposals: February 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Transformative Tools

Criterion Planners’ Transformative Tools website has recently launched. It is a global registry of urban sustainability rating tools dedicated to their advancement and the outcomes they foster. To be included in the registry, items must be urban, sustainable, include a quantitative element, and be a stand-alone tool.

County Innovation Network

The County Innovation Network (COIN) is a social business network created by the National Association of Counties) and Solutionize Inc. COIN is a free and private resource for officials and staff of local government, affiliates and NGOs. It is a place to connect, share information, and search for resources.

Humphrey School Career Fair

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs Student Association (PASA) invites government agencies, nonprofits and private companies to participate in the 2015 PASA Career Engagement Fair. It will be held 11 AM-2 PM, February 19, 2015 Humphrey School, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55455.

Design and Aesthetics Webinar

The Urban Design and Preservation Division of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar on February 13, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM, entitled Communicating Design and Aesthetics in the Planning Process. The webinar will cover presenting design concepts in both policy documents and development proposals. It will also look at the roles of the planner and applicants with regards to design in the context of reviewing projects. CM Pending

Planning for Immigrants Webinar

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar on February 20, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM entitled Planning for Immigrant and Multi‐Ethnic Communities. This session will present an overview of some key concepts, trends and issues to consider when planning in immigrant and multi‐ethnic contexts in the U.S. and in Philadelphia in particular. CM (Ethics Credit) Pending

Millenials and Mobility Webinar

The Utah Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar on February 27, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM entitled Millenials and Mobility in the Modern West. Learn about the attitudes and behaviors of the largest and most diverse generation in U.S. history and how they impact the future you plan for. CM Pending (registration coming soon)

FCC Colocation Rules Webinar

The Northern New England Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar on March 13, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM entitled Responding to the FCC New Collocation Rules – How to Avoid "Deemed Granted”. New FCC rules are likely to require changes in the way local governments respond to applications for siting wireless towers and modifying existing structures. The rules could necessitate an immediate review and revision of wireless siting ordinances in many communities, and have important implications for the way states and localities deal with siting of wireless facilities in historic districts and environmentally sensitive areas. CM (Law Credit) Pending

Housing for People with Disabilities Webinar

The Northern New England Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar on March 20, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM entitled Housing for People with Disabilities: A Civil Rights Lens. This presentation will discuss significant changes in housing for people with disabilities over the last several years. CM (Law Credit) Pending
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 Brooklyn Park – Associate Planner (February 9)
  • Minnesota Housing – Business Operations Manager (February 9)
  • Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MPO – Senior Planner (February 13)
  • GTS Educational Events – Executive Director (February 13)
  • City of Nisswa – Planning and Zoning Administrator (February 20)
  • City of Crystal - City Planner (February 22)
  • City of Orono – Community Development Director (February 27)
  • Hennepin County – Real Estate Supervisor Leasing and Land Management (open until filled)
  • University of Minnesota Extension – Extension Educator Aquatic Invasive Species (open until filled)
  • Dunwoody College of Technology – Adjunct Instructor Land Use Planning (N/A)
  • Stonebrooke Engineering – Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Manager (N/A)
  • WSB & Associates Inc. – Senior Transportation Planner (N/A)

Upcoming Events

Smart Cities and Smart Mobility Luncheon

Design and Aesthetics Webinar

Resilient Communities Deadline

MACPZA District E & F Training

Humphrey School PASA Career Engagement Fair

Planning for Immigrants Webinar

Millenials and Mobility Webinar

FCC Colocation Rules Webinar

Housing for People with Disabilities Webinar

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