City Building Exchange November 15-17 in New Orleans

The CityBuilding Exchange is an intensive, two-day educational seminar that brings together the best consultants in their fields to address key issues affecting the economics and "quality of life" of cities. It is tailored for busy teams of community decision-makers from the government, corporate, economic development and institutional arenas. Participants can expect to emerge with the Why for change as well as the What and How of best-practices. Rated by past attendees as “an exceptional value” with “a wealth of reliable information and implementable strategies,” the agenda is top notch, the time commitment minimal and the cost incomparable. After-hours networking pairs learning and camaraderie with the unique experience and beautiful urbanism of New Orleans. 

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2017 APA MS Chapter Awards Call For Nominations

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Chapter Awards.  The deadline for receipt of nominations with support documentation is 12 Midnight on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Winners will be recognized and presented with an award at the MS-AL APA Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

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Workshop: ABCs of Community Flood Mitigation August 11, 2017 in Biloxi

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, in conjunction with the American Planning Association chapter for the state of Mississippi, is planning an event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, to discuss the topic of flood mitigation at the community level. The workshop will be held in Biloxi at the city’s community development building, at 676 Martin Luther King Blvd., and is free and open to the public. Floodplain managers who decide to attend will be eligible for 3.5 continuing education credits, and AICP credits for local planners are pending approval.

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Congratulations to new AICP Catherine Lee!

Our chapter expresses congratulations to Catherine Lee, our newest AICP recipient!

Catherine Lee has served as an Outcome Broker for the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) in Jackson since October 2014. In this role, she works with organizations, agencies and community leaders to ensure affordable housing is healthy, safe, and energy efficient.

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CITY OF TUSCALOOSA, AL - PLANNER OPENING Closes June 9

The City of Tuscaloosa is seeking a planner. The purpose of this classification is to perform specialized work functions associated with city planning and zoning within Urban Development.  Work includes the performance and coordination of inspections and enforcement of all applicable codes, maintaining and updating geographic information system (GIS) mapping and databases as well as assisting in the daily operations of the department.

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Job Opening - Senior Planner City of Hattiesburg

Senior Planner, CRS Coordinator, Floodplain Manager - Hattiesburg, MS- A professional position is available within the City of Hattiesburg’s Department of Urban Development, Planning Division, Hattiesburg, MS.  The City serves a population of approximately 48,000 and comprises over 55 square miles within the corporate limits.  The City is also the economic engine for the Greater Hattiesburg Area serving a population of 150,000 (MSA). 

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Grant Opportunity

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to Federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. Applications due March 24.

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Request for Resilient Action- Technical Assistance for Coastal Communities

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium in collaboration with the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program are seeking proposals from coastal communities for technical assistance to address a priority need related to resilience. Communities that are ready to take action will form a team with local knowledge experts that can work with the Resilience Expert Team to produce realistic solutions. This approach promotes a dynamic resilience response to individual community needs while formalizing a process that is flexible and can be tailored to other situations and municipalities.

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Congratulations to Ginger Maddox on her newly earned AICP!

Congratulations to Ginger Maddox on her newly earned AICP! 

Ginger Maddox is the Planning Division Manager for the City of Hattiesburg. She has been with the City of Hattiesburg since 2013. In addition to now being an AICP member, she is a Certified Floodplain Manager and an active member of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association, serving as the secretary of the Executive Committee. 

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Matthew Hinton joins City of Brandon staff as City Planner

Matthew Hinton joined the City of Brandon as city planner in January 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a master’s degree in Community Planning from Auburn University. Matthew earned a certificate of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing from State before taking part in Auburn University’s Urban Studio Small Town Design Initiative. A native of Rankin County, he has returned home to Mississippi following three years of planning work in the Mobile, Alabama area. Matthew’s duties include code enforcement and zoning administration, as well as plan reviews and long-range planning.

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