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Planners4Health Grant

The American Planning Association Missouri Chapter (APA Missouri) is the recipient of a $60,000 grant through the American Planning Association’s Planners4Health initiative. The initiative’s goal is to create stronger, healthier communities. This grant allows for a continued partnership between Trailnet and APA Missouri to focus on educating planners and public health professionals on the health impacts of street design. 

This six-month initiative, sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA), will ensure planners and public health professionals have access to information and resources that encourage communities to plan and create policies for healthy living. Trailnet and APA Missouri will use the grant to broadly share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals, and to integrate public health into local and regional planning practices. The focus of the project, in partnership with the Missouri Council of Activity and Nutrition, is to share lessons learned from the Plan4Health project throughout the state through the hosting of three pop-up traffic calming demonstrations. These events will be in the metro St. Louis area, metro Kansas City, and Springfield. Stay tuned for exact dates and locations!

Trailnet and APA Missouri have been working together since February 2015 on the Plan4Health initiative, which involved pop-up traffic calming demonstrations throughout the city of St. Louis. The project received positive reviews from community members, city staff, and elected officials within St. Louis, attracting national and international attention. 

Trailnet is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; its mission is to lead in fostering healthy, active, and vibrant communities where walking, bicycling, and the use of public transit are ways of life.

There will be a webinar covering tactical urbanism and success stories from traffic calming demonstrations in the St. Louis area on March 2 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to participate. Register here.

Save the Date: KC APA Internship Fair

The Kansas City Section of the American Planning Association (KC APA), in partnership with the planning programs at UMKC, KU, K-State and Missouri State, is hosting the 6th Annual Internship Fair to connect local planning students with planning practitioners and agencies who are interested in offering internship opportunities in summer 2017. 

Internships may be both paid or unpaid, and will provide a meaningful internship of 20-40 hrs/wk so that planning students gain valuable work experience, develop strong relationships with planning professionals and mentors, and contribute to organizations.

The internship fair will be held at UMKC, Katz Hall on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 1:00-4:00pm.  

Questions should be directed to Shannon Jaax

APA Missouri Celebrates 2017 Great Places in Missouri

On February 1, 2017, APA Missouri recognized the 2017 Great Places in Missouri at a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City. The 2017 awardees include: Tower Grove Park, St. Louis; 4th Street Corridor, Maryville; and Downtown Kirkwood, Kirkwood.

The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning – attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. To learn more about the three awardees, CLICK HERE.

2016 APA Missouri Conference - "MO Planning, Less Problems"

The 2016 APA Missouri Statewide Planning Conference was on October 5-7 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, MO. This year's theme is "MO Planning, Less Problems" a fun take on how Planning can solve problems for Missouri's communities of any size while including all citizens in the Planning process. "The more Planning we come across, the less problems we see."

The 2016 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Tom Daniels, author of The Small Town Planning Handbook and The Environmental Planning Handbook. Dr. Daniels teaches Graduate-level courses in Land Use and Environmental Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. 

2016 Planning Award Winners

Outstanding Plan:  Wellston First Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan

Outstanding Project:  Moving Monett Forward

Outstanding Tool:  Midtown / Plaza Area Plan Bowl Concept

To view the press release, click here.

RFPs and RFQs

There have been some recent additions to our RFP / RFQ section. Check it out here

If you would like to become a member of the Missouri American Planning Association, please fill out a member application at http://www.planning.org/join/. Once National APA approves your application, it will be forwarded to MO APA. If you would like to become a member of APA-St. Louis Section, Click here.

The Missouri APA Board is made up of eleven voting members, ten of which are elected to office. The eleventh member is the Immediate Past-President. There are also five non-voting members of the Board. These positions are appointed by the President. View the current Board Member list.

Currently the Chapter has 544 members statewide. The Chapter also has three sections: Kansas City, Ozark Mountain and St. Louis Metro.

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