The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Minnesota) is a non-profit statewide organization of over 900 planning professionals, educators, local officials and planning commissioners who are involved in planning-related activities on behalf of state and regional agencies, counties, cities, towns, educational institutions and the private sector.
Planning involves the use of many tools, including economic and demographic analysis, natural and cultural resource evaluation, goal-setting, visioning and strategizing.
Besides being the only profession specially trained to look at how these elements fit together, planners bring something more. Planners can offer options so communities & citizens can achieve their vision of the future.
2014 Great Places Design Award - Call for Nominations
Last year the Sensible Land Use Coalition launched an initiative to identify Great Places in the Twin Cities. The Coalition is excited to build on the successes of Year One and has instituted several changes to make Year Two even better. We have added award categories, and we are asking nominators to include all the members of their team. We are also creating post cards of the 2013 and 2014 Great Places "winners," which will be distributed at the awards celebration.
We now invite you to submit your candidate(s) for a 2014 Great Places design award. No place is too large or too small to be considered; places can be located in the central cities, in the suburbs or rural parts of the region. If you submit this year and do not receive an award, you can still submit in the future. Nominations are due August 8, 2014. See more info >>
2014 Planners Conference
Conference Co-chairs for 2014, Hilary Holmes and James Gittemeier, are elated after the first Conference Committee meeting on January 10. After a lively discussion, with lots of enthusiasm and creative ideas, the committee chairs were able to choose dates for the first committee meetings.
If anyone is still interested in participating in the planning for the conference in Duluth on October 1-3, the co-chairs or the committee chairs--Kristina Nesse and Jeff Thomson, Program Committee; Al Cottingham, Events and Mobile Tours Committee; or Meagan Beekman, Awards Committee--will be pleased to have you join in. Send emails to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
FAICP Honor for Phil Wheeler
Phil Wheeler has been selected as part of the 2014 Class of the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). FAICP is the highest professional honor in the planning field. FAICP members are identified as model planners who have made significant contributions to planning and society. Phil was nominated by the APA Minnesota chapter and... See More >>
2014 APA Upper Midwest Conference
Mark your calendars now! The 2014 APA Upper Midwest Conference, hosted by APA Iowa and themed, "Making Places Great: Embracing the Past & Staging the Future" will be held in Mason City, IA on October 22nd - 24th at the famous, Music Man Square. See More >>
The Chapter would like to recognize the following Municipalities for their membership in APA MN.
City of Browns Valley
City of Fergus Falls
City of Hawley
City of Moorhead
City of Parkers Prairie
City of Perham
City of Prior Lake
City of Vergas
City of Wheaton