Do You Know an Unsung Mid-Level Planning Hero?

The 2017 Barbara Grace Award will honor an accomplished planner who exemplifies dedication to public service. 

What does it mean to be an unsung hero? It's defined formally as a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution. Specifically, someone whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged. In our profession, these characteristics are often associated with frontline, mid-level planners! 

Since 2004, the Barbara Grace Award has been given by the Chapter President to recognize a mid-level planner who has distinguished her or himself with dedication to public service and professional accomplishment. These are the planners at agencies and firms who will become the future leaders of the planning profession. 

If you know a hard-working, accomplished but unsung planner, the Chapter would like to hear from you! At the Annual Conference in Sea-Tac, the Barbara Grace Award will be presented to a mid-level planner (5 to 10 years of experience) whose professionalism and attitude exemplify the best qualities of our field. If you know of a candidate who you believe merits consideration for this award, please take a moment to submit a nomination. 

Please return the nomination form to Chapter President-Elect Rick Sepler, AICP at [email protected] no later than September 8, 2017. Feel free to add a second page if needed. Nominees must be current members of APA Washington Chapter. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required.

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