GREAT PLACES IN CALIFORNIA
The California Chapter of the America Planning Association is pleased to announce the inaugural year for the Great Places in California Awards. A Great Place in California is one that exemplifies character, quality and excellent planning. It can be anywhere from the beach to the mountains, from a large city to a small community. It can be a vibrant downtown, a suburban gathering place, a historic small town, a public park, or preserved open space. Most important, it must be a place where people want to be! Three awards will be selected in 2015. Please see the nomination form for additional information on the Great Place in California recognition. Nominations are due Friday, March 6, 2015.
APA California plans to announce the Great Places in California winners the week of April 13, 2015.
The APA California Awards Program encourages quality in planning and increases the public’s awareness of the planning profession by recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. The program honors innovative plans and projects, distinguished APA members, lay contributors to planning and achievements of local APA California Sections.
APA California Planning Awards are presented annually at the APA California Conference in two categories: Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit. Additionally, Scholastic Awards are given to students by the California Planning Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-deductible arm of APA California, and Historic Planning Landmark Awards are given to historical projects.
APA California Awards
APA California is honored to recognize the outstanding planners, projects and planning efforts throughout the state.
Nominations for the 2014 APA California Awards are being accepted now through June 2, 2014. Section level award winners for some award categories qualify for consideration at the State level, and many other categories need not win at the Section level to be eligible for a State Award. The State Award categories have been updated this year, with new categories – see list below.
APA California award categories
Opportunity and Empowerment NEW
Comprehensive Planning: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
Comprehensive Planning: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
Implementation: Large Jurisdiction (pop. 100,000+)
Implementation: Small Jurisdiction (pop. less than 100,000)
Innovation in Green Community Planning
Economic Planning and Development NEW
Transportation Planning NEW
Public Outreach NEW
Urban Design NEW
Planning Advocate NEW
Planning Firm (private sector) NEW
Planning Agency (public sector) NEW
Emerging Planning and Design Firm NEW
Advancing Diversity and Social Change
Communications Initiative NEW
Planner Emeritus Network (PEN)
For questions on the Awards Program, please contact:
State Awards Coordinator (North)
John Cook, AICP
1814 Franklin Street, Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612
State Awards Coordinator (South)
City of Sierra Madre
232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Vice President for Administration
Kristen Asp, AICP
City of Glendale
633 E. Broadway, Room 103
Glendale CA 91206
(818) 937-8161 (w)
(818) 240-0392 (f)
Student scholarship Awards
Each year the California Planning Foundation (CPF) invites planning students to compete for a number of scholarships. Scholarships are offered to students enrolled in eligible planning programs in California (both accredited and non-accredited programs). The scholarship awards are recognized at a special student awards luncheon, hosted by CPF, and held separate from the State Awards luncheon during the conference. Scholarship information is available on the CPF website.