Currently, there is a bill working its way through the Mississippi Senate, which has been referred to the Finance Committee and the Public Property Committee for consideration. SB 2856, also known as the Land Bank Act, would create a Land Bank that will allow for a more efficient and effective process for redeveloping blighted property into more productive uses. The deadline to support SB 2856, the “Land Bank Act,” is this Tuesday, February 5!
The Executive Committee of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association has approved a draft version of our 2019 Chapter Strategic Plan, which is now available for review and comment by members of APA Mississippi until Friday, February 22, 2019.
The Executive Committee of APA Mississippi has approved a scholarship to pay for one person's 2019 National Planning Conference (NPC) base registration fee. The deadline for submitting the scholarship application is Friday, January 25, 2019.
Trees, Shrubs, Pollinators, Blooms, and All Things Landscapes - The MS Urban Forest Council Conference will be held November 1-2 in Ridgeland, Mississippi. APA Member Shelly Johnstone, AICP will be speaking on The Value of Design Principles in Rural and Urban Communities.
APA Mississippi extends congratulations to our chapter’s newest AICP recipients Emily Corban, AICP and Daniel Havelin, AICP! Do you know someone who has recently received their AICP, started a new job, or was honored for planning work? Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Mississippi planners!
First of all, let me start by saying what an honor it is to serve as Chapter President for APA Mississippi. APA Mississippi is a wonderful organization comprised of passionate planners, and it will be my goal over the next two years to make sure our organization continues to advance the planning profession across the State of Mississippi.
The privilege of serving as Chapter President comes with great responsibility. In my position statement for the election, I pledged to do the following things as President:
Update the chapter’s strategic development plan.
Publish a quarterly e-newsletter for chapter members.
Host professional development and/or social events in each of the three regions.
Work with the Mississippi Planning Institute to expand training opportunities for planning commissioners in Mississippi.
Continue to support academic programs at Jackson State University and Southern Miss, and expand to include programs at other universities in the state.
Evaluate Mississippi’s planning enabling legislation to determine if recommendations should be made for improvement.
Expand our chapter’s involvement with allied fields and organizations, including architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and real estate development.
Create and implement a statewide Great Places in Mississippi program.
Nominate at least one community for APA’s Great Places in America program.
Continue our chapter’s legacy of high quality, affordable statewide conferences.
While these ten items represent an ambitious agenda, I will work hard with members of the Executive Committee over the next two years to accomplish these goals. Already, we have given our chapter website a design refresh and have sent the first of the quarterly e-newsletters. In addition, taskforces have been created to revise our Strategic Development Plan, establish a Great Places in Mississippi program, and examine Mississippi’s planning enabling legislation.
Accomplishing these goals will take hard work from members of the Executive Committee and others who serve the chapter in various capacities, but let us all remember that our primary obligation as planners is to serve the public interest and advance the planning profession.
With that in mind, let me encourage you to get involved with our chapter. I have been a member of APA since 2007 and have served the Mississippi Chapter as Public Information Officer and Conference Committee Chair. I also currently serve as Vice-Chair of APA’s Leadership Development Taskforce. Each of these experiences has provided me an opportunity to develop leadership skills and meet other planners in Mississippi and across the country.
If you would like to get involved or have ideas you’d like to share, please send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.
Thomas Gregory, AICP
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University along with the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association collaboratively host a Brown Bag Panel Discussion on the 2018 Planning Month Theme: HOUSING AS COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE
The Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Chapter Awards. The deadline for receipt of nominations with support documentation is 12 Midnight on Saturday, September 15, 2018.