Friday, April 1, 2016

APA EDD 2016 Community Award Winner

We are honored to share that the winner of the 2016 Hunter Award for Excellence in Community Planning for the Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association is the City of Norfolk, Virginia and its “Global Initiatives Fund.” This project supports local exporters with patient, flexible capital to support their export related activities. The City, which is home to the busiest port on the east coast, is serving small to medium-sized enterprises with this program.  The review committee was especially intrigued by the boldness  involved in taking up such a global topic and the local level.

Join us in honoring Norfolk at our Division Reception during the NPC, Monday April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, in the Maryvale Room.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Economic Development Sessions at APA's 2016 National Conference

The economy and economic development are well-represented on the NPC agenda for this year!  We encourage you to attend the sessions  and workshops below, brought to you by your Economic Development Division.  We know we’ll see you all at our annual reception, Monday April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Sheraton, Maryvale Room.
Add these events to your online conference schedule HERE!


Saturday, April 2 S807
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Planning for Economic Development Discussion
Live In-Person Event Room: 129B (PCC) Economic Development Policy Economic Development Sessions & Discussions Economic Development
This facilitated discussion will include updates from the APA Task Force on Planning and Economic Development, and conversations about how planning supports economic development.
John Provo | Julie Herlands, AICP

Monday, April 4 W028
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Downtown Revitalization Through Education and Research
Live In-Person Event Walking Mobile Workshops & Orientation Tours Economic Development Division Real Estate and Finance and Role of Planning Track Economic Development
Cost: $65. Take a walking tour of the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus and Phoenix Biomedical Campus, the focal point of creativity and innovation in downtown Phoenix. Experience how economic development, public-private partnerships, historic preservation, and quality of life connect.
Robyn Sahid | Benjamin Henderson | Eric Johnson, AICP

Monday April 4 S824
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Creating Place With P3s in Economic Development Discussion
Live In-Person Event Room: 129B (PCC) Economic Development Economic Development Policy Sessions & Discussions Economic Development Division
Learn how planners can play a role in public-private partnerships (P3s) that create large-scale, economic development. Explore how these roles create place that is reflective of the community.
John Provo | Christopher Camacho | Corey Woods | Heidi Kimball | John Creer

Monday, April 4 S548
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Blurring the Lines Between Advocacy and Analysis
Real Estate and Finance and Role of Planning Track Sessions & Discussions Live In-Person Event Room: 232 (PCC) Fiscal Impacts Analysis Planning Methods and Tools Finance
Fiscal impact of development continues to garner increased attention. Conventional wisdom is that suburban development is a financial drain while urban development is a boon. This may be true in many cases, but only part of the story is being told. This session will explore the whole story.
Julie Herlands, AICP | L. Carson Bise, AICP

Monday April 4 S561
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Linkages Between Housing and Economic Development
Master Series Economic Development Division Economic Development Policy Housing Policy Economic Development Housing Policy Housing Trends Track Live In-Person Event Room: 222 (PCC) Sessions & Discussions
This session will provide an overview of housing as an economic development issue. Learn from two case studies highlighting the issue and two techniques for demonstrating the importance of housing in economic development.
William Lavers | Julia Moeller | Melissa Jones

Monday April 4 x025
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Division Reception (and Business Meeting)
Receptions Room: Maryvale (Sheraton) Economic Development Division

Tuesday, April 5 W044
7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Modernizing an Urban Airport for Growth
Live In-Person Event Transportation: Airports Planning for All Generations Track Economic Development Division Mobile Workshops & Orientation Tours
Cost: $90. Having a major airport near downtown modernizes and connects its growing urban environment. See how Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport uses planning for regional multimodal transportation, renovating terminals, accommodating major sporting events, and preparing for airport land reuse.
Molly Monserud | Sheldon Daisley, AICP

Tuesday April 5, W043
7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
New Life for Old Buildings
Live In-Person Event Urban Design & Preservation Economic Development Division Mobile Workshops & Orientation Tours
Cost: $90. Since 2008, Phoenix’s adaptive reuse program has provided regulatory relief and streamlined the development process for renovating existing buildings for new uses. The workshop will visit three projects and evaluate opportunities and challenges associated with reusing existing buildings for new uses.
David Wetta | Chris Kowalsky | Michael Rumpeltin | Rob Lane | Greg Esser

Monday, March 28, 2016

APA EDD 2016 Student Award Winner

We are honored to share that the winner of the 2016 Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for the Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association is Judd Ullom, a 2015 graduate of the Virginia Tech Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Judd submitted a selection from his MURP capstone entitled, "Creating a Living Museum to Promote Awareness and Support for Cultural and Economic Diversity in Clarendon (Arlington, Virginia)." The project used technology and social media as a means of cultural preservation to create a low-cost and adaptable method of promoting and preserving economic and social diversity in areas of rapid redevelopment. The project includes five documentary films about the neighborhood and the incorporation of those films into a ‘living museum.' Join us in honoring Judd at the NPC Division Reception, Monday April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the Sheraton, Maryvale Room.
 We also wish to acknowledge two other applicants with Honorable Mention – Akshali Ghandhi (Cornell University) and Mindy Kao (Georgia Institute of Technology). Ghandhi 's insightful study focused on "Economic Development Planning in Ethnic Retail Corridors: Insights from Chicago’s Devon Avenue. Kao submitted an excellent paper on "The Practical Challenges of Urban Manufacturing in Atlanta."
 The division also extends its thanks to the scholarship committee. Chair Margaret Cowell (Virginia Tech), David Bieri (Virginia Tech), Shari Garmise (Association of Public and Land Grant Universities) , Shana Johnson (Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning), and Greg Schrock (Portland State University) are appreciated for their tireless efforts. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning


Applications are invited from Master's level students enrolled in PAB-accredited planning departments in the United States, as well as individuals who have graduated from those programs in the past year.

Deadline: February 12, 2016

The scholarship, once called the Economic Development Division Travel Scholarship, has been renamed in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The $2,000 award is a scholarship provided by the APA's Economic Development Division. Winners are encouraged but not required to use the award money to support attendance at the national APA meeting in the spring. The application materials should include an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less, as well as a submission form, which must include the name and e-mail address of a faculty member willing to speak to the applicant's abilities.

Due to the word limit, submissions may reflect adaptations of student work, including term papers, capstone and studio projects. The original student submission should speak to practitioners about a substantive topic related to economic development in the United States. We strongly encourage students to think broadly about the topic of economic development. The winning paper or project will satisfactorily demonstrate the following: topical relevance to economic development practitioners with a clear discussion of why practitioners should care about the findings; soundness of data collection and methods; quality writing; student authorship; and originality and creativity.

The committee reserves the right to withhold the award should no submissions comply with these criteria.

The winner will be notified by February 26, 2016 and the scholarship will be presented at APA's National Planning Conference in Phoenix, April 2-5, 2016.

The paper will also be published on the Economic Development Division website and distributed electronically to division members.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to:
Margaret Cowell
Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning
Virginia Tech
mmcowell@vt.edu

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

APA Economic Development Division at the 2015 National Planning Conference


Please join us for three events at this year's National Planning Conference in Seattle, WA April 18-21!

Sunday, April 19
Session: 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Economic Development and the Value of Place, CM 1.25


As economic development becomes more and more competitive, some cities and regions are focusing on quality of life and urban planning principles to attract talent and promte economic development. Explore recent trends in economic development and where the value of place comes into play.

You’ll learn about:
• The factors businesses consider when they select regions, cities, and sites for expansion
• The relationship between taxation and economic growth
• How a region’s services and cultural assets can be drivers of economic development



Sunday, April 19
Facilitated Discussion: 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Jobs, Sustainability, and the Pacific Northwest, CM 1.25

Planners know Washington and Oregon as early adopters of innovations like urban growth boundaries and transit-oriented development. Regional practitioners share ideas about economic development and the policies that support it. Gain insights that will inform your approach to reconciling jobs and sustainability.


You’ll learn about:
• How planners in the Pacific Northwest reconcile economic development with other values 
• Approaches planners from other parts of the country can adapt to their own region

Monday, April 20
Meeting: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Economic Development Division Annual Business Meeting and Reception
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Madrona Room

CLICK HERE TO BUILD YOUR CONFERENCE SCHEDULE ONLINE!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FREE Webinar

 March 27 –  Reshoring: The Urgent Need to Bring Manufacturing Back to America
Rosemary Coates, Reshoring Institute
1-2:30 pm Eastern
CM Pending
Free registration available at the link 


American companies are on a quest to Reshore production. According to a 2014 study, 54% of US manufacturers over $1billion in revenue are considering Reshoring some or all of their manufacturing. Site evaluation and the correct site selection are critical to the success of these projects. Establishing manufacturing at the right site has an economic multiplier effect on communities. Manufacturing jobs pay well and workers use their wages to buy homes, cars and other goods in the local community. Everybody wins. Reshoring is a very popular idea among businesses, their customers and governments where jobs growth will have the most impact. But it’s not that simple. Reshoring requires a carefully crafted journey through innovation, automation, localization of products and site/community selection. You will learn about the major components in this decision and what you need to develop a business case to bring manufacturing back to specific communities. We will also learn about some reshoring failures, where selecting the wrong site had devastating results.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Terry Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for National APA Conference

On behalf of the APA's Economic Development Division, I would like to notify you of a deadline extension for the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning. Applications for the 2015 scholarship are now due on February 15. If you know of strong projects by Master's level students who are enrolled in or recently graduated from PAB-accredited planning programs in the US, please encourage them to apply.

The scholarship, once called the Economic Development Division Travel Scholarship, has recently been renamed in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County and Virginia Tech. The $1,000 award is a travel scholarship provided by the APA’s Economic Development Division to support attendance at the national APA meeting in the spring. The award will be decided on the basis of a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less.

The original student submission should speak to practitioners about a substantive topic related to economic development in the United States. We strongly encourage students to think broadly about the topic of economic development. The winning paper or project will satisfactorily demonstrate the following: topical relevance to economic development practitioners with a clear discussion of why practitioners should care about the findings; soundness of data collection and methods; quality writing; student authorship; and originality and creativity.

The committee reserves the right to withhold the award should no submissions comply with these criteria.The winner will be notified by March 1, 2015 and the scholarship will be presented at APA's National Planning Conference in Seattle, April 18-22, 2015.
 The paper will also be published on the Economic Development Division website and distributed electronically to division members.  
 All submissions and inquiries should be directed to:
Margaret Cowell
Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech
mmcowell@vt.edu