2016 CCAPA Awards Nominations

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for CCAPA’s 2016 Planning Awards. We want to hear about great projects and inspirational planning efforts. Get your nominations in by Friday, October 28th. More information is available on the Committee’s page, and in descriptions of previous awards.

CT Statewide Transportation Study

This spring, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and UCONN’s Connecticut Transportation Institute are conducting the Connecticut Statewide Transportation Study. The study asks about residents’ daily travel activity to better understand transportation needs in communities across the state. Your input is very important as it will help plan the future of transportation infrastructure in Connecticut.

If you receive an invitation in the mail, please visit: https://cttransportationstudy.org or call the toll free number: 844-872-2562 to participate.

To learn more about the study or to volunteer to participate, please visit https://cttransportationstudy.org.

SNEAPA 2016 Call for Proposals Due Friday!

Reminder: 

Call for Session Proposals

Proposal Submittal Deadline: May 6, 2016

SNEAPA 2016

October 20-21

DCU Center, Worcester, MA

View the Call for Sessions

We encourage you to participate in the 2016 Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) conference at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts by organizing a conference session.

2016 CONFERENCE THEME:

Engage * Plan * Grow

Cultivating Great Communities

The 2016 SNEAPA Conference will explore our region’s relationship with agriculture and development, focusing on how municipalities and organizations engage stakeholders to bring the farm to the table, cultivate the urban/rural relationship, and continue to grow strong communities within the Southern New England region. We seek sessions that will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to be influential advocates for their communities and ensure that the practice of planning remains progressive, innovative, and engaging. Join us at the 2016 SNEAPA Conference to meet with fellow planners and share your ideas on how to reach this goal!

The SNEAPA conference draws 500+/- planners, architects, landscape architects and other related professionals. SNEAPA represents an opportunity to remain current in professional knowledge and skills essential to planners and for certified planners to earn CM credits. Session selection is highly competitive and we encourage creative sessions with hands-on learning.

Plan4Health – An APA Project Update

We wanted to share recent posts from APA’s Plan4Health Blog.

APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams

January 28, 2016

The American Planning Association’s professional institute – the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) – engages community members through the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program.

Improving Food Access: Examples from across the U.S.

January 26, 2016

Our current food system fails to promote public health and suppresses economic opportunity.

A Vision for “Complete Parks” in Kingston

January 21, 2016

Have you heard about “Complete Parks”? If you have checked out the Live Well Kingston Travel Well Blog, you know about Complete Streets by now.

National Association of Realtors Highlights Walkable Communities

January 20, 2016

The Winter 2016 issue of On Common Ground, published by the National Association of Realtors, is all about designing healthy communities.

A Campaign to Get Indy Residents Walking

January 19, 2016

WalkWays is working to “move Indy forward” as a city that’s accessible to pedestrians and those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Adopting a Complete Streets Policy: Lessons Learned from Swanzey

January 14, 2016

The power of partnerships is something that Plan4Health coalitions exhibit in many aspects of their work, collaborating with people from many sectors to work towards common goals.

Launching the Peer Learning Network!

January 12, 2016

Ready, set, launch! The Plan4Health staff has been busy developing a Peer Learning Network (PLN) for Plan4Health coalitions and the community at large.

Partnering4Health: DHPE on Community Engagement

January 7, 2016

In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level.

Planning Play for All

January 6, 2016

We at KaBOOM! think that multi-generational play is one of the best ways to provide all people, regardless of age, opportunities to be active.

Partnering4Health: SOPHE’s Nutrition Toolkit

January 5, 2016

In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level.

NEDA Conference Call for Proposals

The Northeastern Economic Developer’s Association has begun planning for its 2016 Annual Conference which will take place September 11-13 in New Haven. The theme of the conference is “Transportation at the Crossroads” and NEDA is currently seeking proposals for session presentations. The deadline for submission is January 30th – more information is available here.

Congratulations to Members Recently Passing AICP Exam!

The fall 2015 AICP exam had a national pass rate of 55%. However, CT’s pass rate was 78%

Congratulations to the following CCAPA members who passed:

Jamie Bratt, Director of Economic and Community Development, Trumbull
Meghan Sloan, Senior Transportation Planner, CT Metro COG
Phil Barlow, Principal, TO Design
Amanda Kennedy, Director of Special Programs, SECCOG
Tim Baird, Planner, Milone and MacBroom, Inc.
Herve Hamon, HOH Design
Catherine Johnson, Architect & Town Planner, Middletown

CCAPA Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony – Dec. 11th

All members and guests are invited.

2015 CCAPA Awards Nominations Due Soon!

The CCAPA Awards Committee wants to hear about great projects and inspirational planning efforts! Please nominate an outstanding project, person or place.

Diana Donald Scholarship-Internship Applications Available!

Have you been trying to initiate a planning project but could use a couple extra hands to get it off of the ground? Are you working on a project and could use a little help working out the details? Have budget constraints made it challenging to get the staffing you need for those planning initiatives you have been dying to start?

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association may be able to help you. Birthed out of the tradition of the Diana Donald Scholarship fund, CCAPA is now offering a grant funded internship program to nonprofits and governmental entities.

Applications are due October 23, 2015 – more information is available here.

Free Technical Assistance Available from New England Municipal Sustainability Network

For the second year in a row the New England Municipal Sustainability Network is able to offer free technical assistance for communities grappling with resiliency challenges.  Last year’s pilot program was extremely well received, with projects in Provincetown and Bath. Further information and an application (due Sept. 21st) are now available.

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