APA MN June 2015 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - June 2015

APA MN Elections: Final Reminder

The Minnesota Chapter, along with 30 other chapters, has agreed that our state elections now will be held on the same cycle as the national elections. Therefore, we are opening the call for nominations of District Directors for our chapter, with a June 4th deadline.
APA MN members may run for District Director in the District in which they are employed or in which they reside. They must also be members of the national APA. Interested candidates must submit a bio (two to three paragraphs), contact information, and a photo with their nomination. In addition, you may request a copy of the position description or the District map by contacting the administrators. Elections will be facilitated by National APA in August, with the results being announced in September. Successful candidates will have a web-based orientation in November. Each position is a two-year term, and the new Directors will take office on January 1, 2016.
Please submit your Director candidacy for the 2016-2017 Board to the APA MN administrators at by June 4, 2015.


APA MN State Conference

Members, just a quick note to remind you all to mark your calendars for the annual state planning conference for APA MN.
  • This year's conference will be held at the beautiful, new Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN from September 23-25. Conference hotels include the Country Inn and Suites (conveniently connected to the Sanford Center), the Hilton Double Tree, and the Hampton Inn. All three are within a 10-minute walk of the site, are brand new, and overlook Lake Bemidji. Lodging information will be available in the July newsletter.
  • The program will feature two speed sessions, an exciting keynote address from Michael Langley (CEO of Greater MSP), and 6+ mobile tours on bike, bus, and foot, in addition to a multitude of excellent 60- and 90-minute general sessions.
  • PartnerSHIP 4 Health is hosting a joint planning/public health training, sponsored by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) on Wednesday morning (September 23). Contact Patrick Hollister (
  • Join us for this exciting three days.

AICP Scholarship

The American Planning Association awarded the Minnesota Chapter one scholarship to offer assistance to those individuals who may defer taking or are unable to take the AICP exam because of the high cost.  If chosen, scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:
  • First time AICP applicants: $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam fee)
  • Previously approved AICP applicants: $75 (exam fee only)
The scholarship will be either for the November 2015 or May 2016 testing window.
Anyone interested in applying for this assistance must submit a resume with references and a one-two page essay identifying when they would like to take the exam and explaining their passion and commitment for the field of planning, why certification is important, and an explanation of financial hardship. The chapter will accept applications for the scholarship until June 19, 2015. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Elise Durbin at The scholarship recipients will be chosen by the Professional Development Officers and the Chapter President. All selections are final.
The following criteria will be used to help select scholarship recipients:
  • The applicant selected will be otherwise unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee.
  • The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee.
  • Members of ethnic or racial minorities shall be given preference.

Knight Green Line Challenge

The Knight Green Line Challenge is a community-wide contest that seeks ideas to tap into the potential of the Green Line to make surrounding neighborhoods more vibrant places to live and work. Proposed projects must take place in and benefit at least one of six targeted St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line. Ideas must tap into the potential of the Green Line to create impact in one or more of these three key areas: 1. Exciting current residents and attracting newcomers to the Central Corridor; 2. Expanding economic opportunity and breaking down divides; or 3. Strengthening the culture of civic engagement. Applications will be accepted from June 10 – July 10, 2015.

Lowertown St. Paul Tour

Join the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) Minnesota Chapter for an exciting tour of Lowertown Saint Paul. The tour will be held June 2, 2015, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, at The Union Depot 214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101. After the tour we will gather at Barrio Restaurant on Mears Park for appetizers. According to USA Today and, St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood is now considered one of the top "up and coming" neighborhoods in the country. Hop on the Green Line to the Union Depot and join Lucy Thompson, who is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading planning talents, for a late afternoon filled with conversation about architecture, historic development and planning. Register online

Equitable TOD Forum

You are invited to a forum about implementing equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) focusing on Midtown Exchange. It will be held June 25, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 10:15 AM at Metro Transit's TOD Office in Minneapolis. It will include a panel discussion and a tour. See full details on the event and RSVP here. Seating is limited so sign up soon if you’re interested.

GTS Retirement Celebrations

Helene Johnson and Carol Schoeneck, the smiling faces of GTS (formerly Government Training Services), are both retiring soon. Let’s gather to show them we appreciate all they have done for the planning profession, especially for training our planning commissioners. The event will be June 2, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Mill and Main West community room, 401 Main St SE, Minneapolis. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. For additional information, contact Jean Coleman at 612-242-7188.

NW District Planning Workshop

A planning and zoning workshop for the Northwest District will be held June 10, 2015, from 6:00-8:30 PM at the Brainerd Fire Station, 23 Laurel St, Brainerd. A light working meal will be served. This workshop will provide relevant planning and zoning training topics for the NW Region of Minnesota. An APA MN Citizen Planner Guide is included with your registration. For more information, please contact Andrew Mack, AICP.

EDAM Summer Conference

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota looks forward to seeing you at the EDAM Summer Conference on June 3–5 in Duluth. Registration and conference details are available online. EDAM has planned another great conference full of high-quality professional development programming and excellent speakers to increase your skills and your awareness of new opportunities, in addition to networking events to build relationships with existing and new colleagues from throughout Minnesota. AICP CM credits have been applied for.

Affordable Housing Summit

Make plans to attend the third annual Affordable Housing Summit—an event focused on the development and financing of multifamily projects. The event will be held June 11, 2015, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM at The Depot, 225 South Third Ave, Minneapolis. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the development and financing options available to complete a multifamily affordable housing project, as well as proposed policy changes and their effect on multifamily housing. Attendees will include major developers, investors, lenders, and governmental authorities.

Housing Opportunity Conference

Register now for Housing Opportunity 2015: Better Places, Better Lives, July 13-15 in Minneapolis. Learn the development and preservation benefits of Green Communities principles and practices – and how to integrate them into your projects. Build relationships with peers who are forging new connections among housing and health, education, and jobs–and find new partners to make those linkages in your communities. Gain new energy and insights from tours of cutting-edge preservation and development projects and from visionary speakers, including Henry Cisneros and Liz Ogbu. Public and private sector leaders from across the United States will be in Minneapolis for this unprecedented gathering.

Aging and Livable Communities Webinar

The Private Practice Division of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar on June 3 entitled “New Contexts for Aging and Livable Communities.” The webcast will explore this demographic change that is both unprecedented and global. The aging of the population offers an unique opportunity to improve communities and take advantage of new tools, strategies, and synergies at the policy and planning levels so communities can reach their full potential in all respects: This session will explore new contexts to aging and livability and their influence to help communities find ways to encourage resource investment to strengthen communities and benefit all residents across ages.

Healthy Communities Webinar

The Michigan Chapter of APA is sponsoring a free webinar on June 19 entitled “An Urgent Call for Healthy Communities.” This thought-provoking presentation will address the urgency and the great opportunity of this idea: the health community can be valuable partners in advocating for, planning, development, and policy changes to support active transportation plans and designs. This session will share practical examples of interdisciplinary collaboration and attainable first steps in crewing healthier communities.

Distance Education Credits

These webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing during the 2015 calendar year:
Note that the DE CM credits have a different event number than the original live webcast, so the event number in the recording will not work for DE credit. Use these event numbers above to log your DE CM credits.
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 Bloomington - Planner (June 1)
  • Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission - Executive Director (June 1)
  • City of Brooklyn Park - Neighborhood Relations Specialist (June 10)
  • Winona County - Planner, Land Use and Natural Resources (until filled)
  • City of Wayzata - Management/Planning Intern (until filled)
  • City of Minneapolis - Research Intern (until filled)
  • West Central Initiative - Active Living/Transportation Planner (until filled)
  • Stantec Consulting - Senior Planner/Project Manager (until filled)
  • Hennepin County – Real Estate Supervisor Leasing and Land Management (until filled)
  • University of Minnesota Extension – Extension Educator Aquatic Invasive Species (until filled)
  • WSB & Associates Inc. – Senior Transportation Planner/Federal Environmental (until filled)
  • Stonebrooke Engineering - Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Manager (until filled)

Upcoming Events

Lowertown St. Paul tour
GTS retirement celebrations

Aging and livable communities webinar

EDAM summer conference

APA MN nomination deadline

NW district planning workshop

Affordable housing summit

AICP scholarship deadline
Healthy communities webinar

Equitable TOD forum

Green Line Challenge deadline

Housing opportunity conference

APA MN state conference
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter
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