APA MN October 2014 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - October 2014

Thank You, Conference Sponsors!

The 2014 State APA Minnesota Conference is now underway in Duluth. On behalf of APA Minnesota, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our corporate and conference sponsors. We truly appreciate their support and contributions, which are necessary for making this conference a success.
  • Platinum & Corporate: Blue Cross Blue Shield, 106 Group, Applied Ecological Services, HKGi, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Loucks Associates, Municipal Development Group, Quandel, SEH, SRF Consulting Group Inc., Stantec, West Central Initiative
  • Gold Level: Landform, LHB, MSA Professional Services, WSB
  • Silver Level: Bolton & Menk, Pedestrian Studies & Projects
  • Nonprofit Sponsors: Clean Energy Resource Teams, Minnesota Department of Commerce, MnDOT Passenger Rail Office

NFIP Rating System Webinar

Did you know that municipalities can get discounted flood insurance premiums for their residents when they implement public education, mapping, regulatory, and other strategies to reduce flood risks? On October 2 from 1:00-2:15 pm, the NADO Research Foundation is hosting a webinar titled “The National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System: An Introduction and Discussion of the RDO Role.”  Trainers from FEMA will provide an overview of the NFIP Community Rating System and facilitate a discussion on the RDO role in helping local governments take advantage of it. Click here to register for the webinar. 1.25 CM credits applied for

Disaster Resilience Competition

A new grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is designed to help communities understand how to recover from natural disasters, and how to remain resilient in the face of natural disasters for decades to come.  Join a webinar exploring the details of HUD’s new National Disaster Resilience Competition. This free, online event will take place on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12 noon.

Freshmen: Where Do They Come From?

Planning for a college town or neighborhood can be challenging, particularly when it comes to figuring out how to get information on students. The Chronicle of Higher Education has a helpful tool, showing information (by both specific college/university and statewide) on the state of origin for a freshman class.

Need Law and Ethics Credits?

The AICP CM reporting period deadline is approaching – the current period ends December 31, 2014. If you still need law or ethics credits, free distance education sessions are currently available through the Planning Webcast Series Consortium: The State of Takings after Koontz (1.5 CM Law) and Ethical Rules and Considerations for Planners, Plan Commissioners and Lawyers (1.5 CM Ethics).

Smart Growth America Technical Assistance

Is your city interested in smart growth, but not sure how to make it happen? Each year, Smart Growth America offers a limited number of free workshops to help local leaders and residents make their communities more livable, sustainable, and vibrant. Visit their website for more information and to find out how to apply. Applications are due by October 23, 2014.

Healthy Communities Webinar

Across the country, public- and private-sector investment in walkability is on the rise. Join LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors on October 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM for “Investing in Healthy Communities,” an online presentation to discuss new and innovative models for building walkable development projects that generate health and economic benefits for the entire community (including a Minnesota-based developer!). Click here to register.

Promise Zone Opportunity

On September 19, President Obama announced the opening of a new round of Promise Zones designations. The Promise Zones program brings together the federal government and local organizations in target communities to create jobs, leverage private investment, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. Learn more on the Promise Zones website. Applications are due November 21, 2014.

APA National Health Partnership

The American Planning Association (APA) is receiving year-one funding totaling $2.9 million from a grant provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities improve overall health and prevent chronic disease. Seventy-five percent of the funding will support local and state coalitions working to advance public health through more innovative planning and partnerships. To receive information about the grant and the coming Request for Proposals, e-mail

Local Government Innovation Awards

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School has announced its eight annual Local Government Innovation Awards program. This program is an opportunity to publicly recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships, and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. To learn more or start working on your entry, visit the program’s website. The deadline for submitting entries is October 24, 2014.

Consultant Opportunity

The new Hennepin County Public Works Consulting Services Program utilizes pre-qualified consultants via a master agreement to provide a wide variety of services, including architecture, asbestos and solid waste, energy, surveying and mapping, landscape architecture, materials testing, environmental and cultural resource studies, right of way assistance, community development and transportation. Some of the goals of this program are to utilize a competitive selection process that is transparent and which has an emphasis on using Small Business Enterprise (SBE) firms as prime and sub-consultants. For more information on participating in this Master Contract Program go to the project website.  Information sessions will be held at various locations on October 3 and 6, 2014.

Proposed APA Division -- Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning

Are you interested in creating safer communities and engaging in post-disaster recovery efforts? APA’s Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Interest Group has submitted a proposal to become a full APA Division, but we need your support! APA requires a minimum of 300 members to sign an online petition supporting and agreeing to join the proposed Division before the Board of Directors can consider the proposal.  Please join the effort to make this happen.

Design Awards Competition

The International Making Cities Livable Conference has announced their 52nd annual Design Awards Competition. Projects that showcase the urban design principles and livability criteria espoused by IMCL will be considered for exhibition or an award. Projects related to the topic Designing for Green, Healthy Cities are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration. Visit the ICML website for more information. Applications must be submitted by December 20, 2014.

New App Shows Accessible Playgrounds

Are the playgrounds in your community accessible to all users? A new crowd-sourced application, "Playgrounds for Everyone," has a growing database of 2,505 inclusive and accessible playgrounds around the country suitable for children with special needs. Access (and add to) the app here.

Upper Midwest Planning Conference

APA Iowa is excited to announce that registrations are now being accepted for the Upper Midwest APA Planning Conference hosted by APA Iowa in Mason City from October 22-24, 2014. Online registration, with payment by credit card is available here. Paper registrations, with payment by check, are also accepted by mailing in the registration form included in the Conference Registration Packet.

Performance Metrics Webinar

On November 7, 2014, from 12:00 - 1:30 PM, the APA Colorado Chapter is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Measuring Progress: Performance Metrics as a Tool in Shaping Policy. This session will discuss current land use and transportation planning performance measurement programs and their applicability to projects from large scale to small scale. 1.5 CM approved

Transforming Streets Webinar

On November 14, from 12:00 - 1:30 PM, the APA Urban Design and Preservation Division is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Creatively Transforming Streets for People in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Santa Monica. Learn how these cities used different, yet equally practical, applications of “tactical urbanism” to transform their streets in months, not years. 1.5 CM 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 Cedar Falls, IA – Human Resources Specialist (10/16)
  • Wood County, WI – Planner (10/24)
  • Wright County Public Health – RFP for Active Transportation Plan (10/31)
  • City of Princeton – Community Development Director / Planner / Zoning Administrator (N/A)
  • Pope County – Land Resources Director (open until filled)
  • MSA Professional Services – Urban Planner / Project Planner (N/A)
  • Stonebrooke Engineering – Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Manager (N/A)
  • Hoisington Koegler Group Inc. – Planner / Landscape Architect (open until filled)
  • WSB & Associates Inc. – Senior Transportation Planner (open until filled)

Upcoming Events

APA MN State Conference

NFIP Rating System Webinar

Disaster Resilience Webinar
Healthy Communities Webinar

APA National Student Deadline

Upper Midwest Planning Conference

Smart Growth America Assistance Deadline

Local Government Innovation Award Deadline

Performance Metrics Webinar

Transforming Streets Webinar

Promise Zone Deadline

ICML Awards Deadline
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