APA Interact May 5, 2021

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May 5, 2021
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During conference, you can find spotlight sessions designed to offer best practices, resources and solutions to complex issues you are facing as a planner and within your community today. Check out other spotlight sessions on equitable economic development, drivers of change, and more!
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How COVID-19 has underscored the digital divide

COVID-19 has underscored yet another reality that many communities already knew. Broadband access — or reliable, high-speed internet access — is a necessity, not a luxury. Learn how planners can get involved in local broadband processes and help shape requirements for access.
From Planning
Transit in crisis

The pandemic has dealt public transportation its biggest challenge in decades — and it isn't over yet. Transit agencies are dealing with slashed budgets, limited federal aid, and even tax subsidies at a time when costs have increased.
From Planning
More from the Disruptor Series

Planning continues its coverage of emerging trends and issues with an exploration of how smart city digital twins can simplify scenario planning, and a look at the successful design of a community-centered public space.
Transforming Boston's Moakley Park to equitably address climate change

Moakley Park Resiliency Plan creates a modern 21st century community park to address climate change needs and prioritizes social, cultural, economic, and environmental equity. The plan transforms an underutilized, flood-prone sports park into a resilient, inclusive, and multi-faceted 21st century open space that serves nearby communities and creates a new harbor front destination for the entire city.
APA Foundation Scholarship applications open

Applications for the APA Foundation Scholarship and the Charles Abrams and Judith McManus Price scholarships are now being accepted through June 14. APA Foundation scholarships aim to make the planning profession more accessible to individuals with limited means and to attract diverse, talented students to the planning profession. Eligible students are encouraged to apply.
Concert and Social
Arts and Planning Interest Group social

Join online May 6, from 6–8 p.m. (CT), for a special Arts and Planning Social Event featuring a concert from Anjelika "Jelly" Joseph and Kayla Jasmine (of Tank and the Bangas) from their native city of New Orleans. Between sets, network with planners and learn about planning projects. Register; free.
Empowering citizens to drive digital community development

May 13 at noon (CT). Sponsored by Tyler Technologies. (Register; free)
Tools to Assess the Climate for Diversity within Planning Department

May 14 at 11 a.m. (CT). Hosted by ACSP's Planners of Color Interest Group ;and the Committee on the Academy (Register; free)

Join us on May 13 alongside panelists from two leading local governments — LA County and City of Marco Island. Get best practices for adopting virtual citizen self-service, training your customers, and transforming your organization's relationship with citizens and developers from one of regulation to collaboration.
Planning Director
Horry County Planning & Zoning
Greater Myrtle Beach Area, SC
Funding Specialist
Crookston, MN
Neighborhood Resources Coordinator
City of Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa, AL
Commercial Overlay Corridor Districts
City Of Hattiesburg
Hattiesburg, MS
Waterfront Planning and Design
Vineyard City
Vineyard, UT

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