CCAPA Awards Program & Planning Day at the Capitol

L to R Sen. Paul Formica, CCAPA Awards Cmte Chair Val Ferro, FS Daniel Steward, Rep. Kathleen McCarty, CCAPA Pres. Emily HultquistOn Friday, May 15th, CCAPA held its Awards Program as a combined event with Planning Day at the Capitol. In marrying these two important events, we hoped to highlight the best planning work in our state and to engage and thank the legislators who spend their days making policies that guide the work we do.

As outstanding planning efforts in 2014, CCAPA recognized:

The CT Land Use Academy;
The Town of Waterford; and
The multi-media, multi-disciplinary exhibit, “Sub-Urbanisms” on casino urbanization and suburban Chinatowns

We were pleased to welcome Senator Paul Formica and Representative Kathleen McCarty, serving the 20th and 38th Districts respectively, both of which include the Town of Waterford. The Senator and Representative read a special citation recognizing Waterford’s CCAPA Award for an Innovative Plan.

Click Here to read the press release on the 2014 Chapter Awards.

Click Here to read event coverage in the Norwich Bulletin.

In addition to the Chapter Awards, representatives of CCAPA, the CT Main Street Center and the Connecticut Economic Development Association will discuss proposed Tax Increment Financing legislation.  Presentations were made by Jana Roberson, CCAPA Government Relations Chair, John O’Toole, CEDAS Board Member and Michael Andreana, Esq., Attorney, Pullman & Comley, LLC.  Click Here to learn more about SB 677, the CCAPA sponsored Tax Increment Financing legislation.

National Community Planning Month

National CommunityFrom east to west and north to south, communities across the country have been celebrating National Community Planning Month which occurs every October and is sponsored by the American Planning Association and its members, chapters, divisions and professional institute.  The American Planning Association’s theme for National Community Planning Month 2014 is Health and Prosperity. Communities have taken creative approaches to this concept such as Avimor, Idaho’s Nature Hike and Kids Run & Bike Duathalon sponsored in partnership with the Ada County Development Services Department or Minnetonka, Minnesota’s paper and box city building project for kids 2-12 sponsored by the Community Development Department at a city-wide open house during which children came up with cities that had clean energy solutions and mixed-use development!

Has your community participated in National Community Planning Month activities?  If not, there’s still time!  A plethora of materials to help you celebrate are posted on APA’s website ( as well as a list of ten ways to acknowledge National Community Planning Month!  The list includes things as big as collaborating with local political leaders to issue a formal proclamation to things as small as promoting National Community Planning Month through your website, Facebook page, or other social media outlet.  It’s not too late to get involved and if you already have, be sure to share your activities with APA by emailing

For a descriptions of the activities that have taken place across the country, visit

Welcome to the new CCAPA Website!

Welcome!  We hope that you will find the new format of the CCAPA website more user friendly and that you are always able to find what you are looking for related to our organization.  Bear with us just a little bit longer over the next couple of weeks as we work to post the most up to date content to each section.

We are really proud of this update for a number of reasons. Here are just a few:

  • We have a brand new, searchable membership database that has the ability to provide a lot more information about our members than our previous database did.  More information will be coming soon on how you can update your membership information.
  • An updated Member-Only section of the website is launching shortly and will give members access to more chapter information.
  • A new CCAPA Calendar feature allows visitors to search for events on a particular day or month.  Events can now be exported right to your personal calendars!

If you have any questions about the website or our chapter communications in general, don’t hesitate to contact or

A  couple of reminders:

Don’t forget that CCAPA Award nominations are due in just a few short weeks!  Click here to download the nomination form.  There are so many talented planners and worthy planning projects out there in CT, so let’s make sure to get them recognized!

SNEAPA is right around the corner as well!  Register for the conference – this year in Rhode Island – at www.sneapa.orgIf you are a CCAPA member, less than 5 years out of school and need help paying for registration, we are offering a limited number of rebates for half of the registration price. See details at:

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