Monday, March 24, 2014

EDD Activities at APA National Planning Conference in Atlanta

Economic Development Division
National Planning Conference Activities
2014 Atlanta

 NOTE: Meeting rooms may change, please refer to the final printed program for updated locations.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 26, 9-10:15am [S405] Division Session: Fiscal Analysis to Guide Community Growth (CM 1.25) - Room: Georgia Ballroom 2
What’s the good news about a bad economy? Local governments become much more aware of the bottom-line impact of planning decisions. Zero in on case studies of growth and planning in Manatee County, Florida, and Queen Creek, Arizona. You’ll discover best practices for using fiscal analysis to ensure smart, economically sensible community growth. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 27, 2:30-3:45pm [S808] Division Facilitated Discussion: The Economy of Immigration and Planning (CM 1.25) - Room: Hall C1, Divisions 2
More than a quarter of Georgia's workforce is a part of "The Essential Economy." This occupational cluster includes low-wage, low-skilled, labor-intensive jobs often held by immigrant workers. What is their economic contribution, and how are Georgia planners working with the immigrant communities at the heart of this sector? Hosted by the Economic Development Division. 

April 27, 2:30-3:45pm [S493] Division Session: What are the Costs to Serve Development? (CM 1.25) - Room: Georgia Ballroom 3
Different development and use patterns often have different cost implications for local governments. What are the “costs to serve” for different types of land-use and development patterns? What fiscal impact do these costs have on development in a community? Learn how to determine the costs of providing public services and infrastructure — and how to factor in the impact of location, levels of service, and data availability.

Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 8-11:30am [W013] Mobile Workshop (with the Urban Design and Preservation Division): Repurposing Atlanta’s Olympic Sites (CM 3.0) - Ticketed Event ($70.00)
How do you give a site a second life after a large event? Find answers on a tour of Atlanta Olympic sites: Turner Field, Centennial Olympic Park, and Olympic Villages. You’ll learn how their post-games uses have contributed to the city’s revitalization. And you’ll look at the challenges ahead as Atlanta’s economy recovers from Olympic overbuilding. Hosted by APA’s Economic Development Division and its Urban Design and Preservation Division. Transportation: Motorcoach, walking.

April 28, 1-2:15pm [S560] Division Session: Immigration and Its Effects Upon Economic Development of Metro Atlanta (CM 1.25) - Room: A404/A405
You may not be aware of this, but over the past two decades, immigration has had a dramatic impact on Atlanta’s job market, school system, affordable-housing supply, and transportation infrastructure. Hear how planners in the unofficial capital of the Southeast are successfully handling a strong demographic shift and find out how other communities can follow their lead. Hosted by the Economic Development Division.

Monday Evening, April 28, 7-8:30pm
Marriott Atlanta Marquis, M105 located on the Marquis level

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 29, 9-10:15am [S625] Joint Division Session (with the International Division): Using ‘Theme Roads’ for Regional Revitalization (CM 1.25) - Room: C206
Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia. Porcelain Road in East-Central Germany. These two so-called “theme roads” have revitalized their regions, primarily through increased tourism. Does your community have what it takes to support a project like that? Learn how to assess the potential economic upside and examine best practices for making such initiatives succeed. Hosted by the International Division. 

April 29, 10:30-11:45am [S837] Divisions Council Facilitated Discussion: Immigration/Migration Facilitated Discussion with APA Divisions (CM 1.25) - Room: Hall C1, Divisions 2
The Immigration/Migration track at the 2014 APA National Conference will feature the perspectives of various APA Divisions on an issue that is being addressed by many communities across the nation. This facilitated discussion will serve as a roundtable Q & A moderated with questions from Marj Press, Chair of the APA Divisions Council and from the audience. Come pick the brains of experts in the field in a facilitated discussion that highlights the multi-disciplined nature of the planning field while analyzing one of today's most important planning issues in the changing face of America. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April 30, 10:30-11:45am [S685] Division Session: New Approaches to Sports and Economic Development (CM 1.25) - Room: C202/C203/C204
For decades, only a few local fishermen ventured to the borrow-pit lake in Benderson Park, Florida. That’s changed. Learn how this Florida community has transformed a scenic but underutilized area into a 600-acre regional park. It boasts a world-class rowing venue that will host competitions for more than a dozen aquatic sports — and it’s boosting the local economy. While competitive rowing may not be the first economic driver to come to mind, consider what sports could drive your local economy. 

 Additional Conference Information:

The Economic Development Division will be involved in several other Division-related activities throughout the Conference, in particular facilitated discussions and sessions organized by the Divisions Council. Be sure to check the Conference Program for more details.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Travel Scholarship Deadline Extended

NEW Deadline: February 1, 2014
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. The $1,000 award is a travel scholarship provided by the Division to support attendance at the national APA meeting. 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 and planning in the United States.
The scholarship will be presented at APA's National Planning Conference in Atlanta, April 26-30, 2014. 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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Call for Submissions for the Annual Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award

Get Recognized!

Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014

The annual Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award from the APA Economic Development Division is awarded to a community that shows innovation and success with an economic development plan or project. Award winners receive a plaque as well as recognition at the annual Division business meeting at the APA National Planning Conference, a featured article in the Division's newsletter, News & Views, and distribution through social media outlets. Honorable Mentions have been awarded and promoted in the past as well.

Any economic development plan or project implemented in the United States or Canada within the last 10 years is eligible. Any member of the American Planning Association may make a nomination, with at least one individual being a member of the Economic Development Division (either the person making the nomination and/or a member of the agency or organization submitting the application). Members of the Economic Development Division Executive Committee and Awards Committee, APA Board Members, and AICP Commissioners are ineligible.

Submission Information
Applications should be submitted by email (or FTP/file sharing site) to Julie Herlands at Please indicate in the subject line: "[Your Jurisdiction] Economic Development Division Award Application."

Contact information for questions:
Julie Herlands, AICP
Phone: (301) 320-6900, ext. 15

For more information, please see the submittal guidelines on the EDD's website. Learn more about prior winners here.

Please forward to others who may be interested. Thank you for your membership in the Economic Development Division!

Monday, October 7, 2013

APA Community Planning Assistance Teams

The Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) initiative is an AICP component of a broader APA Community Assistance Program.

By pairing a multidisciplinary team of expert planning professionals from around the country with community members, key stakeholders, and relevant decision makers, the place-based initiative seeks to foster community education, engagement, and empowerment.

Each team is selected for the specific expertise needed on the project to offer pro bono assistance in developing a framework or vision plan that promotes a sustainable, livable, economically vibrant, and healthy community.

Communities facing a range of challenges including, but not limited to, social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design are well-suited for assistance through the program. Projects focus on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available.  Learn more at

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE Webinar September 27

The Economic Development Division presents a FREE Webinar on "Incentivizing Your City Centers: Regional Connections Through Mass Transit and Redevelopment," on Friday, September 27, from 1:00-2:30 EDT.

Description: This session will focus on the kinds of incentives and planing tools that can be used to promote both redevelopment in the traditional centers of a city — those outside downtown — and the unification of those areas through mass transit. The session will cover the use of a variety of economic development incentives, form-based codes implementation, and use of the Institute for Transportation Engineers "Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Manual" as a package for revitalization in El Paso, Texas.

About the Presenter: Mathew McElroy, AICP, is Director of the City Development Department for the City of El Paso and oversees the Planning, Building Permits and Inspections, and Economic Development divisions. Prior to joining the City of El Paso, he served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development (IPED) at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his work at IPED, Mathew oversaw research operations. His work extended from redevelopment studies and housing to econometric forecasting, input-output based economic impact analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). In his final year at UTEP, he co-led the team that won the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) National Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis for a bi-national industry cluster study. Mathew is a University of Texas at El Paso graduate of the English (BA) (1997), Master in Public Administration (2000), and Master of Science in Economics (2008) programs.

Register today!

NOTE: Attendees do not have to be an APA member; enter "N/A" when asked what Division or Chapter you belong to. However, if you wish to become a Division member to stay up to date on events like this, please visit our site HERE.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Airport Land Use Compatibility Guidance Update

Please join APA in a free webinar September 12, 2013 at 2 pm EDT. APA wishes to utilize the experience of the Economic Development Division's members to help improve national standards for development around airports.

This webinar will be facilitated with FAA officials, and participants will be given a short survey to provide feedback.

For more information, and to register for the webinar, please follow this link:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Submit Session Proposals for the 2014 APA Conference

Dear Economic Development Division Members:

Conference planning for the 2014 National Conference in Atlanta is underway! Share your expertise and help shape the practice of planning by submitting a session proposal through your own Economic Development Division. See to get started.

Background: Each APA Division is granted one "by-right" session. This means that a session proposed through the Division will be compared against fewer proposals than in the much larger, open process. And if your proposal does not get selected in this round, it will automatically go into the larger pool for consideration by APA.

Here are the details:
  • DEADLINE for submitting proposals through the Division is July 31, 2013.
  • Any Economic Development related topic is welcome, however, we are especially interested in topics pertaining to immigration/migration and effect on economic development. See the description of the track "Immigration and Changing American Communities" at
  • Note: Only APA members will be able to submit proposals. Non-members wishing to submit should team up with members to submit a proposal.
  • All proposals must be submitted through the APA website. Begin your proposal at, then scroll down to “Division Sessions." Be sure to select "Economic Development Division" from the drop-down menu.
  • The 2014 National Planning Conference is in Atlanta on April 26-30, 2014.

We look forward to seeing your submittals. Please contact me at or Mark Lundgren, Economic Development Division 2014 Conference Session Coordinator, at with questions or to talk about your session ideas.

Thank you for your membership in the Economic Development Division!

Best regards,

Julie Herlands, AICP
Chair, Economic Development Division