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


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

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.