[ApaIllinois] Nov/Dec 2013 APA-IL Chapter Highlights
Paula Freeze, APA-IL Editor
editor at ilapa.org
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November 2013 Chapter Highlights Edition 118
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In this Issue
Greetings from the Chapter
Sponsor APA-IL in 2014
APA-IL Members Telling the
Call for APA-IL Pro Bono
News from the Illinois State
News from the Chicago Metro
News from the UIUC's SPO
Celebrating Illinois Award
Allied Organization News
Upcoming Allied Events
SAVE THE DATE!
2014 APA-IL State Conference
Oct 1-3, 2014
2015 APA-IL State Conference
Elevating APA-IL in 2014!
Greetings from the Chapter President
The Chapter started a very busy year by hosting the 2013 APA
National Planning Conference in April. It was a successful event,
made so by the generosity of our sponsors and
volunteers -- thank you! I also want to thank the leadership
of the Illinois State Section and Chicago Metro Section for their
fabulous fall conference events. Both events offered great
programming and were well attended.
As a Board, we are never content to rest with the status quo! In
2013 we reinvigorated three of our committees (Legislative, Pro Bono, and
Public Relations) and our Young Planners Group. Our Plan
Commissioner Training has expanded to more than 30 municipalities.
The Chapter Board will continue to elevate our work in 2014. For example, we
will be introducing a new book club
that will offer CM credits. Our
regular state conference will resume in Evanston on
Oct. 1-3, 2014 followed by a return to
Sept. 23-25, 2015. Watch for these exciting initiatives in
the coming year!
We welcome your thoughts on how we can elevate our work in 2014 and
your ideas on what the
Chapter should pursue. Please feel free to
contact me at president at ilapa.org.
-- Courtney Kashima, AICP
Start the New Year Early
by Sponsoring APA-IL in 2014!
APA-IL is beginning to solicit 2014 Annual Sponsorships. The Chapter
is providing opportunities for sponsors to purchase "sponsorship
packages". These packages bundle year-long sponsorship opportunities
including this fall's must-attend event, the 2014 APA-IL State
Conference in Evanston.
Why you don't want to miss this opportunity:
Take advantage of DISCOUNTED RATES!
Gain VISIBILITY for your business for the whole year!
Reap more value by appearing in MULTIPLE VENUES & PUBLICATIONS!
Just follow these steps to get started:
Step 1 - Visit www.ilapa.org/sponsorship_packages.html
Step 2 - Select the sponsorship package that suits your needs
Step 3 - Complete the sponsorship form and e-mail to editor at ilapa.org
APA-IL is also offering One-Time Sponsorships for those not
interested in one of our packages. See our sponsorship opportunities
APA-IL Members Telling the Planning Story.....
Join us at events that feature APA-IL members:
APA-IL CMS Workshop:
Urban Design Workshop: Strategies & Examples (CM | 1.5)
As the development market continues to recover throughout the
Chicago Region, the role of planners in creating places that are
practical, adaptable and memorable is of paramount importance.
This program will provide examples of how urban design is being
utilized around the Chicago Region to create outstanding places,
focusing on the tools available to planners to replicate these
achievements in their own communities.
Ferhat Zerin, AICP, Ginkgo Planning & Design, Inc.
Rita Tungare, AICP, City of St. Charles
Amy Connolly, Village of Tinley Park, APA-IL Diversity Committee
WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 12-1:30pm
WHERE: CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago IL 60642
COST: $15 paid at the door ($5 for students)
RSVP: To RSVP, please email cms at ilapa.org by November 12th
QUESTIONS: cms at ilapa.org
Attend Tuesdays at APA and watch an APA-IL Diversity Committee member make a splash!
Abby Crisostomo, APA-IL Diversity Committee member, is an Associate with the Metropolitan Planning Council, a regional non-profit planning and policy organization based in Chicago. Abby's work focuses on water supply management, stormwater mitigation, community development and government efficiency. Come out and hear this dynamic and engaging speaker at an Tuesdays at APA event: Plants, Paddles, and People: Creating Community through Green Infrastructure and Riverfront Development in Blue Island, Illinois. Abby will be discussing a number of water-oriented planning activities in Blue Island, Illinois. The event is on November 19, 2013 at 5:30. It is free, offers 1 CM credit, and is open to APA members and non-members.
Call for APA-IL Pro Bono Committee Projects
Need assistance with your community planning needs?
The Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association Pro Bono
Committee is now taking inquiries from communities that are in need
of technical planning assistance in 2014. Our nationally recognized
group provides volunteer, short-term planning assistance and support
for communities and non-profit agencies needing assistance with
early-stage community planning projects. Our participating members
are among the 1,500 professional and certified urban planners in the
State of Illinois who believe in providing community service as a
part of our profession.
typically extends over a one-day period and may include activities
such as: charrettes, visioning workshops, master planning workshops, community
input sessions, visioning after disaster recovery, pre-redevelopment
brainstorming, and many other types of pre-planning projects.
Communities must be able to demonstrate a need, provide appropriate
support, and use the committee’s efforts to build local capacity and
long lasting solutions.
For further information visit ilapa.org. Interested in obtaining services? Send a brief inquiry to Committee Co-chairs, Amy Connolly aconnolly at tinleypark.org and Lindy Wordlaw, AICP, at lindy at cntenergy.org.
News from the Illinois State Section
Thanks to all that attended the APA-IL ISS Fall Conference! The 100+ attendees enjoyed a full two-day program, mobile workshops with local flavor, and friendly networking opportunities in downstate Columbia, IL. CM credits can be logged on the APA website (event #e.25054). Conference presentations have been uploaded to the ISS web site. View scenes from Columbia and see what you missed!
Final planning continues upcoming ISS Events. We hope you can join
us! 1) Livable Cities/Sustainability
Workshop in East Peoria on November 14 – for more information
contact Jon Oliphant joliphant at ci.washington.il.us; 2) Greenways Workshop at Davis Lodge on Lake Bloomington on November 8 – for more information contact philip.dick at mcleancountyil.gov; and 3) Robert’s Rules of Order Workshop with Nancy Sylvester in Loves Park on January 18, 2014 – for more information contact Nathan Bruck nathanbruck at loves-park.il.us.
Save the Date! Upcoming ISS Conferences are: 2014 Spring APA ISS Conference will be in Rockford on April 10-11,
2014 and the 2015 Spring APA ISS Conference will be in the Peoria area,
The ISS is looking for a Region 4 Coordinator; the region includes
Decatur, Springfield and Quincy. Please contact philip.dick at mcleancountyil.gov if you are interested in filling this vacancy.
News from the Chicago Metro Section
Following the success of the APA 2013 National Conference in Chicago
back in April, the APA-IL CMS returned to Chicago to host a one-day
Fall Conference on October 4th at the DePaul Center. The conference
kicked off with opening remarks from Courtney Kashima, AICP, APA-IL
President, and a keynote speech from Brian Imus, the newly appointed
Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois
Chapter. Throughout the day, attendees were able to expand their
planning toolboxes and knowledge bases with sessions covering
planning data, zoning, land use and transportation, housing, law,
ethics, urban infill, and economic development. Sessions
ended in the late afternoon and the evening continued with the APA-IL
Awards Reception, honoring local recipients of the Annual
Chapter Awards. The Awards Reception was followed by an after-hours networking event with
award recipients, colleagues, and students at Elephant & Castle.
Much appreciation to all of the presenters, session organizers,
volunteers, Chaddick Institute staff, and APA-IL and APA-CMS board
and committee members!
More scenes from the 2013 CMS Fall Conference
News from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign's
Student Planning Organization
The Student Planning Organization (SPO) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has enjoyed a very active Fall 2013 semester. Offering a wide range of activities every other week, the SPO has seen a major increase in attendance. This growth is due to a strong advertising campaign and the decision by the SPO Board to include Minors of Urban and Regional Planning as automatic members. Social events have included: City of God screening, tailgate party, bike tour, and a walking tour of Champaign’s Country Fair neighborhood. Professional development and educational events have included a resume/cover letter writing workshop and student presentations regarding summer internships/research. The SPO also participated in UIUC’s Parking Day, where students created a temporary green space in a large parking lot (picture at right).
This fall, the SPO Board set out on two major projects. First,
several Master students and community organizations have
collaborated to revitalize a bike sharing program based out of the
Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The second major fall
project is the creation of Planning Interest Committees and
providing networking opportunities within those committees (using
Google Drive). It is the SPO's goal for students to gather
informally and eventually collaborate to offer work products to the
community. There has been much praise amongst students regarding the
formation of these committees, and the SPO Board is excited to lead
students on this new, team-based initiative in 2014.
Celebrating Illinois Award Winning Communities
Atlantic Cities Article on South Suburban Retail Study, A 2013 APA-IL Award Winning Plan
David Mekarski, AICP, Village Administrator for Olympia Fields is
interviewed by Atlantic Cities on the APA-IL award winning South Suburban
Retail Study: Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America?
Illinois' 2013 Great Places in America:
Evanston's Central Street Neighborhood
Congratulations to the Central Street Neighborhood in Evanston, Illinois on their 2013 Great Places in American designation!
APA's flagship program celebrates places of exemplary character,
quality, and planning. Places are selected annually and represent
the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural
and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for
Allied Organizations News
CMAP has created a new Arts and Culture Toolkit to help municipalities incorporate arts and culture into their
communities, enhance livability by improving quality of life, and become more attractive places to live, work, and play. It offers a primer on
different types of arts and culture and their inherent primary needs and secondary impacts, then proceeds to detail steps that can be taken by
Calling all women (and men) of the Illinois Chapter – please consider joining the APA Planning & Women Division! We’re a dedicated group of volunteers working to promote women’s planning issues and the professional growth of women planners. Need another reason? According to APA’s 2012 Salary Survey, all else being equal, a full-time female planner in the 50th percentile earns $9k less than her male counterpart. We need YOU to make a difference! Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your career and community and to network with other talented planning professionals who share your passions. Please enjoy this complimentary issue of Forward and join us today!
Upcoming Allied Organizations' Events
Forgotten Chicago | Chicago, IL | November 13
Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference | St. Louis, Missouri |November 14-15
Successful Designs for Making Cities Healthy for All | Portland, OR | June 8-12, 2014
INVITATION TO EXHIBIT - Application Deadline: November 20, 2013
CNU 2013 Transportation Summit | Chicago, IL | November 21-23
All RFP/RFQs can be viewed at www.ilapa.org/rfprfq.html
* Request for Proposals (RFP) Urban Land Use Planning & Consulting Services,
Illinois Medical District Commission
* Request for Qualifications (RFQ) City of Washington Nofsinger Road/US Route 24 Master Plan, City of Washington, IL
* Request for Qualifications Champaign Center City Zoning Rewrite City of Champaign, IL
Want to post your RFP or RFQ on APA-IL's website? E-mail your RFP/RFQ to editor at ilapa.org.
Transportation Planner, Kankakee Area Transportation Study, Kankakee, IL
Travel Demand Modeler,
Cambridge Systematics, Inc, Chicago, IL
Associate Planner, Houseal Lavigne Associates, Chicago, IL
Assistant Analyst (RA056), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago, IL
Want to post a job on APA-IL's website? Visit ilapa.org and find out more!
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