New AICP Members

Congratulations to Connecticut’s latest round of successful AICP exam candidates:

Ben Henson, AICP

Carly Myers, AICP

Jennifer Rodriguez, AICP

We once again had a 100% pass rate! Please stay tuned for more information on the 2015 annual classroom review for those expecting to take the exam this year.

APA Region 1 Conference – Call for Sessions

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 American Planning Association Northeast Planning Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York! The Getting Ahead of the Future Conference represents a great opportunity to explore breaking trends and acquire the necessary skills required for the “future planner”.

Getting Ahead of the Future involves anticipating new planning trends, emerging issues, and preparing for what is next. We’re looking for sessions that explore:

  • How we prepare for an uncertain economy and adapt to climate change
  • How to address new demographic realities
  • The role of the professional planner of the future and the skills they need
  • How planners engage and inspire our constituencies for what’s next

The Getting Ahead of the Future conference will explore these issues and the necessary skills for the future planner including: specialized competencies, political savvy, leadership, collaboration, and written, oral and graphic communication. So get ready, get creative, and be part of the future…propose a session now!

Session Proposal Details:


Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship Available

APA’s recently renamed scholarship opportunity for students interested in economic development — the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning – is available for recent graduates from and/or current students enrolled in PAB accredited planning programs in the U.S. The scholarship, once called the Economic Development Division Travel Scholarship, has recently been renamed in memory of longtime APA leader 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. Students are encouraged 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 February 15, 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

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:

2014 Awards Nomination Form Available!

Nominate an award-worthy project by Oct. 10th – click here for more information.

2014 SNEAPA – Call for Session Proposals


2014 Southern New England APA Conference

Save the Date! The 2014 Southern New England APA (SNEAPA) Conference will be held October 23-24, 2014 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Look for program and registration information this summer. See SNEAPA website for details.

A Tale of Three City Pairs – Regional Economic Growth and Rail Transit Investments – Oct. 19th; Webinar

This webinar is sponsored by the Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association. Click here for more information and to register.

Hazard Mitigation Planning in Nebraska – Oct. 5th; Webinar

This webinar is sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association. Click here for more information on registering.

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