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July/August 2021 Volume XXXV, Issue 4

July 28, 2021

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Joint Washington-Oregon APA Chapter Conference will be held virtually this year, on October 13–15, 2021.

Looking for interesting learning opportunities? Check out the APA Washington Events Calendar or the chapter’s Facebook page for upcoming planning-related events and activities!

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President's Message

Chapter President, Nancy Eklund, AICP

Short column this time—it may be the lazy days of summer but there is just too much that needs to get done!!

Don’t forget the upcoming WA/OR APA (Virtual) Conference, October 13–15.  Registration materials should be out soon.

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Eric Shields Award

Call for Nominations

Chapter members are invited to submit nominations for the 2021 Eric R. Shields Leadership Award. This award is given annually at the Chapter conference to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to their community, organization, or the profession by virtue of their leadership.

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Fall Conference “Growing Together Virtually 2.0” Update

 APA WA and OAPA are hosting a joint Fall Conference again on October 13–15, 2021 using Zoom and Whova apps. The conference theme “Growing Together—Virtually 2.0” builds on last year’s joint conference, with an emphasis on issues such as resilience in the wake of the pandemic, racial equity, missing middle housing strategies, engagement with underrepresented populations, retrofitting suburban development, and climate action strategies. Learn more about the three keynote speakers, sponsorship opportunities, and more...

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Commerce is Updating the Growth Management Act Administrative Rules

Provide input on potential changes to the administrative rules for the Growth Management Act (GMA) by August 13.

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Apply to be Nominated for Complete Streets Grant up to $1,000,000

The WA Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for nominations for the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) “Complete Streets Awards,” a program offering between $100,000 and $1 million grants to local governments that have adopted a complete streets ordinance. Apply by October 1.

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Commerce Releases New Behavioral Health Model Ordinance and Communications Toolkit

The Department of Commerce, in collaboration with BERK Consulting, finalized a behavioral health model ordinance and communications toolkit, both of which are now available on the project webpage.

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Taking a Low Cost/High Impact Approach to Transportation Solutions

Brett Schock, PE, AICP, RSP2i
Senior Project Manager, Transpo Group

Transportation projects, both in the planning and the design stage, especially those with a focus on addressing safety concerns, can be frustrating to the public, agency staff, and elected officials if implementation drags on beyond expectations. When funding resources, design times, and permitting processes put the brakes on a project’s progress, critical upgrades aren’t made, safety risks persist, and planning horizons are missed. Rethinking the approach to projects, from the planning stages all the way to implementation, to focus on the end-user and having an immediate impact can open up a whole new method of project delivery. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of a good transportation solution!

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Request for Session Proposals for HindsightTM

Submit your ideas for innovative sessions for the fifth and final HindsightTM 2021 Conference with this year’s theme: Re-Emergence Re-Imagined. The two-day, virtual event will take place from November 4-5, 2021. Proposals are due by Friday, August 6, 2021.

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Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? Contact the APA WA Communications Committee, Laura Benjamin and Andrea Harris-Long, at [email protected].

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