APA MN December 2013 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - December 2013

Don't Forget to Vote

It is time to cast your ballot for new APA MN officers! For candidate profiles, visit The online voting interface is located at In order to vote, you will need to enter your APA membership number to log in. Please submit your ballot no later than Saturday, December 21, 2013. Should you have any questions or problems accessing the ballot webpage, please contact Lynn Jorgenson at Thanks for taking the time to vote. 

APA MN Holiday Party

It is time to celebrate that we made it one more year and to share Holiday joy and cheer with our fellow planners (including their spouses, friends and family). Please join APA MN on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul for a Holiday Happy Hour at Christos Greek Restaurant from 4:30 to whenever. There is no cost to attend the event, and APA MN may even spring for a few appetizers. Prior to the Happy Hour, we will be taking a tour of the remodeled Union Depot. If you would like to go on the tour, meet at 3:30 by Christos (just inside the front door of the Union Depot). Josh Olson, Planning Specialist for the Ramsey County Railroad Authority, will take us on the tour which will last for about an hour. You are on your own for parking. Go to to find out about parking near the Union Depot. The Depot is located at 214 4th St, St. Paul, as is Christos. There is no cost for the event but please email your RSVP to Lisa Wittman at the City of Golden Valley so we know how many candy canes to buy.  Let us know if you are going on the tour, joining us for the happy hour or both..

Great Places Event

The Sensible Land Use Coalition will be presenting the 2013 Great Places Initiative Awards at 5:00 PM on December 4, 2013, at the Aria at the Jeune Lune, 105 N 1st Street, Minneapolis. The purpose is to celebrate great places in the region and foster their further development. This event is being co-sponsored by a number of organizations, including APA Minnesota. To register visit: or contact Pat Arnst at 952.474.3302. 1.25 AICP CM credits have been approved.

Smart Growth America Technical Assistance

Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for its 2014 free technical assistance workshops. Communities interested in learning about smart growth strategies are welcome and encouraged to submit an application for one of 12 types of technical assistance workshops. These workshops help participating communities to grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Applications are due by Friday, December 6, 2013. Learn more on Smart Growth America’s website

Link Between Neighborhoods and Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in cooperation with partners, has released a series of reports and other resources regarding the link between communities and health. To better understand the connection between neighborhood health and life expectancy, they created a new series of maps, including one for the Twin Cities, showing the differences in life expectancy across the region. For more information, visit

Mapping Migration

Interested to see how where Minnesota residents are migrating to, and where new arrivals are coming from? Wondering how these migration patterns compare with other states? Check out the interactive graphic here: Move your mouse over the image to get more details.

Residential Demolition Tool

The EPA has developed a Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool. This tool highlights environmental issues associated with residential demolitions and lists specific practices that can be used to achieve better environmental outcomes. Also included is a list of existing regulations and best management practices concerning residential demolitions. Communities can download the report and access a large-scale demolition resource site at:

Disaster Recovery Webinar

The APA Pennsylvania chapter is sponsoring a free webinar on disaster recovery on Friday, December 6, 2013 12:00 noon - 1:30 PM CST. The National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) is a guide that defines how the whole community will work together following a disaster to best meet the recovery needs of individuals and families, communities and states. This session will introduce community planners to the concepts and core principles of the NDRF; equip planners and others involved in post-disaster recovery with the tools and techniques needed to design and execute a post-disaster planning process; and will educate planners on how to build community capacity through the post-disaster planning process. To register, visit: CM Ethics approved

Extreme Weather and Climate Change Webinar

The APA Maryland chapter is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Extreme Weather and Climate Change Vulnerability Planning for the Transportation Sector on Friday, December 13, 2013 12:00 noon - 2:30 PM CST. In recent years, extreme weather events have taken a heavy toll on transportation infrastructure across the US. Understanding transportation network vulnerability to extreme weather is a key initial step towards prioritizing actions that will help foster more resilient transportation systems and communities. To register visit CM Approved


Job Opportunities and RFPs/RFQs

Job listings and RFPs/RFQs can be found on the APA MN website at Current listings (and application deadlines) include:
  • City of Lino Lakes – Economic Development Intern Position (December 4)
  • One Roof Housing – RFP for a Redevelopment Strategy along 6th Avenue E in Duluth (December 5)
  • City of St. Cloud / St. Cloud Area Family YMCA – Request for Qualifications for Community Aquatics Center/YMCA Professional Services Design and Construction Phases (December 6)
  • Destination Medical Center EDA – Master Planner (December 10)
  • Destination Medical Center EDA – Economic - Fiscal Consultant (December 10)
  • Destination Medical Center EDA – Infrastructure Planner (December 10)
  • Destination Medical Center EDA –Market Analyst (December 10)
  • Destination Medical Center EDA – Transportation Planner (December 10)
  • City of Northfield - City Planner (December 16)
  • City of Excelsior – City Planner (December 16)
  • City of Clarkfield – City Administrator (December 16)
  • SEH Inc. - Senior Planner (TBD)
  • WSB & Associates, Inc. – Transportation Planner (N/A)

Upcoming Events

APA MN Voting Begins

Great Places Event

Disaster Recovery Webinar
Smart Growth Assistance Deadline

Extreme Weather Webinar

APA MN Holiday Party

APA MN Voting Ends
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