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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Get Recognized in Seattle!!

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

We invite you to submit an application for the annual Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award from the American Planning Association’s Economic Development Division. The award is named to honor Don Hunter, a long-time planner and economic developer who contributed a great deal of his time and wisdom to the APA. This is a $1,000 award to a community that shows innovation and success with an economic development plan or project.

The formal presentation will be at the annual APA conference in Seattle, Washington, the evening of Monday, April 20, 2015, at the EDD Business Meeting. The Division will also help with preparing a press release for the winning community and for Planning magazine, and will announce the winner in the News & Views Division newsletter that is sent out to some 1,000 organizations throughout North America. This year’s deadline for submission is: Friday, March 6, 2015. Please submit to the Chair of the Awards Committee:

Robert M. Lewis, AICP
Development Strategies
10 S. Broadway, Suite 1500
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(314) 421-2800          

Applications are encouraged to be submitted by email to: blewis@development-strategies.comIf submitting hard copies, please send four (4) copies of the narrative description and Attachment I for distribution to the awards committee.

Persons submitting nominations must be members in good standing of the American Planning Association. Organizations submitting nominations must employ at least one member in good standing of the American Planning Association. Plans and projects submitted for consideration need not be limited to the United States.

There is no formal application form or fee. Please follow these guidelines:

Narrative Description of the Plan or Project: Description (up to 250 words) of the plan or project showing that the project fits the following definitions:
  • Economic Development: The creation of new employment and wealth-generating activities through the mobilization of human, financial, physical, and natural resources.
  • Economic Development Planning: A series of deliberate activities leading to initiatives that enhance the jurisdiction’s economic opportunities and quality of life.
Attachment I (Required): Nominee's Fulfillment of Award Criteria For each of the following criteria, provide up to a 100-word description of the project. The entire attachment (all six criteria) should be no more than two pages or 500 words.
  1. Originality: Unique concept or appreciable refinement of existing techniques or procedures.
  2. Transferability: Potential application to other communities or projects.
  3. Quality: Excellence of thought, analysis, writing, graphics, and professional character of the presentation.
  4. Implementation & Results: Effectiveness of work proposals that have been carried out or show the promise of being carried out.
  5. Comprehensiveness: Submittal demonstrates a thorough and in-depth approach.
  6. Contribution to Community: Demonstrates application to community needs and desires.
Attachment II (Optional): Supporting Materials

Applicants may provide news clippings, brochures, slides, videos, etc. If items need to be returned, please clearly mark them as such. Supporting materials need not be sent in sets of four if too inconvenient or expensive.

Schedule for Award Selection(s)

Application deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015
Review by Awards Committee: March 9-20, 2015
Notifications to applicants: March 20-23, 2015
Presentation of award(s): April 20, 2015 (evening, in Seattle, Washington)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Role of Airports: Your Opinions are Valued

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) project, Aligning Community Expectations with Airport Roles, is currently underway, and the project team is looking for your input.

The objective of this project is to develop a handbook that airport managers can use to explain, demonstrate, and facilitate discussions about the roles that general aviation and commercial service airports play in our communities. The project will address common “disconnects” between community expectations and the realities faced by airport management, to help reduce controversies.

This study will:

  • Identify the “Top 10” most significant issues that arise as a result of confusion over the various roles played by airports (as opposed to the roles played by airlines and other entities).
  • Develop a Handbook to describe best practices for communicating the diverse roles of the airport to the general public, elected officials, and the business community.
  • Enhance the Handbook with a user-friendly database that incorporates supporting information and resources.     
  • Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
  • Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Members of the APA Economic Development Division are invited to join the conversation in a one-hour teleconference which will provide valuable input to the project’s research.
Space is limited. To participate, complete the brief survey to provide your contact information to the research team.

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. Mead & Hunt, Inc. is a nationally recognized aviation consulting firm leading this research team. Learn more.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NADO Research Foundation Webinar: Strengthening Regional Economic Resilience through Business Continuity Planning

Businesses’ ability to withstand natural disasters is essential for the recovery and resilience of communities and regional economies as a whole.  The practice of business continuity planning can ensure that businesses survive severe weather events and other disruptions, providing a roadmap for ongoing operations under adverse conditions.  Regional development organizations (RDOs), local governments, Chambers of Commerce, and other public and private entities can build the resilience of their communities by promoting and facilitating business continuity planning.   

Join the NADO Research Foundation on June 17 from 2 – 3:15 p.m. ET for a free webinar, “Strengthening Regional Economic Resilience through Business Continuity Planning.”  Gail Moraton, Business Resiliency Manager at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), will provide an overview of business continuity planning, discuss how RDOs and local leaders can support it in their regions, and share free tools available from IBHS.  Timothy Malone of the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency will describe his work to coordinate a wide array of public and private partners and raise awareness of emergency preparedness and business continuity approaches for small and medium-sized businesses in central Connecticut.

Click here for more information and to register.  The NADO Research Foundation has applied for 1.25 AICP CM credits for this webinar; registrants will be notified once approval is received.  The webinar is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  Contact Megan McConville at with any questions.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award

The Economic Development Division of APA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award:

  AWARD WINNER: Uptown Columbus, Georgia for "Chattahoochee River Whitewater Park"
This 2.5-mile urban whitewater park, 10-plus years in the making, is the result of a public/private partnership between local communities, state, and national agencies. Whitewater Columbus opened May 2013 and was recently named one of USA Today’s "Top 12 Greatest Man-made Adventures on the Planet." One year later, more than 16,000 rafters have experienced the thrill of its rapids. When the park reaches its full potential, an economic impact study projects a $44 million economic impact.

HONORABLE MENTION: Royal Commission at Yanbu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for "Yanbu Economic Vision 2030"
The world’s third largest oil refining hub, the Royal Commission at Yanbu is a significant contributor to economic growth in Saudi Arabia, and a leading choice for investors in petrochemical and energy-intensive industries. Building on the city’s success, the “Yanbu Economic Vision 2030” seeks to identify future areas of opportunity and support diversification of the local and regional economy. The plan introduces 12 new initiatives and 43 projects, and is expected to enhance job growth by 31% over the next 15 years..

Please READ MORE about these award-winning projects on our website.

The Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award was presented at the Economic Development Division’s annual meeting and reception during the 2014 American Planning Association National Conference, held recently in Atlanta.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FREE Webinar: "Retail, Race and Regional Economic Development in Chicago’s Southern Suburbs"

Friday, June 6th 1:00 pm (Eastern)

Is race a driver or mitigating factor in retail location decisions?  The webinar will summarize findings of a two year Retail Investment Study conducted in the south suburbs of Chicago (Olympia Fields, Matteson, Park Forest, and Richton Park) that examined reasons, including race, for the lack of Class A retail and restaurant establishments in local communities.  The session will summarize the extensive research effort undertaken to evaluate the complex retail decision making process, and focus on solutions to address existing challenges and work cooperatively to provide the shopping and dining opportunities desired by residents.

Register HERE! CM credits pending.

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.