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.

CCAPA Officer Elections Coming Soon

CCAPA members will receive electronic ballots for upcoming CCAPA officer elections on August 1st. Ballots will be tabulated and results reported on September 1st.

Following is the slate of candidates put forth by the Nominating Committee:

President-elect: Michael Piscitelli, AICP
MPiscitelliMichael Piscitelli, AICP, serves as the Deputy Economic Development Administrator for the City of New Haven. Economic Development coordinates the work of seven city departments. He previously served as the City’s Comprehensive Planner in the City Plan Department. From there, he served as the first Director of a reorganized Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department with a mission to enhance the City’s transportation assets into a sustainable and integrated system.

Mr. Piscitelli is working on many of New Haven’s signature revitalization projects including the conversion of Route 34 to urban boulevards, the Wooster Square / Water Street TOD and the 100 College Street med/lab development. Before moving to New Haven, Mr. Piscitelli served in similar capacities for Metro-North Railroad and the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Piscitelli earned his BA at St. Bonaventure University and MRP (regional planning) at the University of Massachusetts.

Between 2002 and 2004, he served as the professional development officer for CCAPA and from 2004 to 2006 as chapter secretary. If elected, he is looking to continue innovative technical skills training for our members, to broaden regional cooperation and to elevate our participation in planning issues statewide.

Treasurer: Heidi Samokar, AICP
Heidi SamokarHeidi Samokar, AICP, has spent most of her 18 years as a planner helping municipalities plan. She has worked in the public and private sectors, with a focus on long-range planning, planning and zoning administration and public participation. She has served on the chapter boards in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. She also has co-chaired and served on the committee for the three-state Southern New England APA annual conference – a 2-day event that draws over 500 attendees. Heidi has served as Treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter since 2012. If re-elected, she hopes to continue to guide the board on financial matters, find additional ways to reduce the costs of chapter administration, and continue protocols set in place by past chapter treasurers to ensure the chapter operates transparently and efficiently.

Secretary: Khara C. Dodds, AICP
KDoddsKhara C. Dodds, is the Secretary of the Executive Board of CCAPA and the Director of Planning and Land Use Services for the Town of Glastonbury where she oversees the Community Development Department. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Khara Dodds has been an active member of CCAPA for since 2009 and has served as a member at large on the Executive Board, a member of the Program Committee and SNEAPA Conference Committee, and has organized outreach events for young planning professionals.

Registration is now open for SNEAPA 2015!

SNEAPA_2015Join 500+ colleagues at the Southern New England APA conference, September 24-25 in Hartford.

CCAPA Officer Nominations

The following individuals have been nominated for CCAPA Officer positions. Any petition for candidates must be received by July 1st (submit to Linnea Mccaffrey). Voting will take place in August.

  • President-elect: Michael Piscitelli, AICP
  • Treasurer: Heidi Samokar, AICP
  • Secretary: Khara Dodds, AICP
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