APA MN August 2015 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - August 2015

APA MN Conference Registration Open

The 2015 APA Minnesota State Conference in Bemidji registration is now open. The conference website has information on registration and lodging. The early bird registration deadline is September 5, 2015, so register now for the best rate. You'll want to secure your lodging early, as the rates are only guaranteed until the second or third week of August, depending on which hotel you choose.

As you register and make your lodging plans, take note of the GTS session and the Public Health session on Wednesday. Neither are part of the regular conference schedule, but you are highly encouraged to come early and attend those sessions, also.

Stay tuned for information on a mobile application with the conference schedule, ability to build your own schedule, Sanford Center and Bemidji maps, speaker bios, and more! Wi-Fi will be available at the Sanford Center and will be free for all conference attendees.

Summer Program & Social Event

APA MN’s annual chapter program and summer social will be held on Thursday August 20, 2015, at 3:00 PM.  It will be held again at the Brookview Golf Course located at 200 Brookview Pkwy, Golden Valley, MN. We have a very interesting program presentation lined up again for this year on the Hennepin County Rd. 101 Bushaway Project, followed by lawn bowling.  Dress comfortably for the event, and we look forward to seeing you in August. RSVP requested by August 18 to Jason Zimmerman.

Upper Midwest Deadline Extension

You still have time to get your presentation proposals in for the APA Upper Midwest Conference. The deadline has been deadline extended to August 7, 2015. Session proposal form available here. Please direct your questions to Deb Nemeth.

Minnesota Design Team Opportunity

Waiting for a Minnesota Design Team visit where you don’t have to drive to Timbuktu? We have a visit scheduled to Dayton (at the confluence of the Crow and Mississippi, right at the start of the 72-mile long MNRRA). Help shape the future of this bedroom community. The visit spans from Thursday evening to Saturday night the first weekend in October, so sign up now. If you have any questions, call Paul Mandell at 651-270-7573.

Built Environment Assessment Tool

The Built Environment Assessment Tool is a direct systematic observation data collection instrument for measuring the core features and quality of the built environment related to behaviors that affect health, especially behaviors such as walking, biking, and other types of physical activity. The tool and instructions to use it are available on the CDC website

FAICP Request for Nominations

American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP) Nominating Committee for the American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter is requesting nominations for the 2016 Class of the FAICP.  Self-nominations are welcome as well.  Fellows can be nominated in four nomination categories:  (1) professional practice, (2) teaching and mentoring, (3) research, and (4) community service and leadership.  Criteria for evaluation in these categories are available here.  Expressions of interest are due to Carissa Slotterback by Monday, August 10.

Online Community Engagement Webinar

The Wisconsin Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Beyond Tweeting – Impactful Community Engagement on August 7 at 12:00-1:30 PM.  During this webinar, we will introduce the “new local” online community, and how attendees can leverage this medium to better engage constituents. We’ll identify community expectations, discuss where residents are currently weighing in on civic issues and uncover how you can play a role in leading the conversations that are building better communities.

Economic Development 101 Webinar

The APA Economic Development Division is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Economic Development 101: Is Your Community Prospect Ready? on August 14 at 12:00-1:30 PM. In this webinar you will learn what your community can do to prepare for, and land your next economic development prospect.

New Environmental Justice App

EJSCREEN is EPA’s new publicly available web tool that allows access to maps that overlay environmental impacts and the populations they impact. EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic and environmental information for that area. All of the EJSCREEN indicators are publicly-available data. EJSCREEN simply provides a way to display this information and includes a method for combining environmental and demographic indicators into EJ indexes.

Imagining Livability Design Tools

The Imagining Livability Design Collection is a 38-page “visual portfolio of tools and transformations” created by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. It identifies short-range, relatively low-cost improvements can typically be implemented in less than a year.

Map of Nationwide Inquality

The Urban Institute has released an interactive nationwide map, and accompanying analysis, of the locations of the richest and poorest Census tracts. The map provides information on both the lowest and highest 10% of tracts, for 1990, 2000, and 2010 – incorporating information income, housing, and education.

APA National 2016 Call for Proposals

Have a great idea for APA's 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix? You have a few weeks left to answer the call for proposals. We're looking for hot topics, bold vision, and terrific speakers for next year's sessions, workshops, and discussions. Answer the call and give people something to talk about. Submit your proposals by August 20, 2015.

Every Job in the United States

A new visualization made by Harvard PhD student Robert Manduca maps nearly every job in America, one dot per job. This project, which draws on Census data reported by employers, is modeled off Dustin Cable's well-known racial dot map that mapped every person in the country.

New Housing GIS Resource

The new HUD eGIS Storefront is an easy-to-use site where users can search for and discover HUD's geospatial datasets, application programming interfaces (APIs), web-based mapping tools, and other eGIS initiatives.

Job Opportunities and RFPs/RFQs

Job listings and RFPs/RFQs can be found on the APA MN website. Current listings (and application deadlines) include:
  • St. Cloud Area Planning Organization - Multi-modal Planner/GIS Specialist (8/10)
  • City of St. Louis Park - Associate Planner (8/12)
  • Arrowhead Regional Development Commission - Planner (8/16)
  • Olmsted County - Planner (8/16)
  • City of Belle Plaine - Community Development Director (9/8)
  • Landform Professional Services, LLC - Landscape Architecture Designer III, RLA (until filled)
  • Winona County - Planner, Land Use and Natural Resources (until filled)
  • City of Wayzata - Management/Planning Intern (until filled)
  • Stantec Consulting - Senior Planner/Project Manager (until filled)
  • University of Minnesota Extension – Extension Educator Aquatic Invasive Species (until filled)

Upcoming Events

Upper Midwest deadline
Online engagement webinar

FAICP nominations due

Economic development webinar

Summer social event
APA 2016 proposal deadline

APA MN early registration deadline

APA MN final registration deadline

APA MN state conference

Design Team Dayton visit
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter
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