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Award-Worthy Planning Increases the Value of Planning

As planners, we know that an important step in the completion of any planning process is to celebrate the accomplishment. When we honor our own each year at the Annual State Conference, we are celebrating both our individual and collective accomplishments and in doing so, we are acknowledging the value of planning. Celebrating these much-deserved awards is one way to signify to those outside of the planning community that good planning is to be valued.

For the past several years we have made a concerted effort to honor our award winners. Each year the nominations get better and more numerous and the award determination becomes more difficult. A special thank you is due Anna Gagne, Awards Committee Chair, and the entire Awards Committee for their careful deliberation. It is a tough job demanding both time and critical thought to do it well. The award-winning projects and individuals presented in this issue of Planning Matters are a testament to good planning and the result of the Committee’s good work.

Congratulations for AICP CEP Accomplishment
Also award-winning is the recent accomplishment of one of our APA CO members who passed the advanced certification exam to become a Certified Environmental Planner. Please join me in congratulating - Kevin R. Maddoux, AICP CEP

Colorado Community Recovery Symposium

    

 

 

An effort that is award worthy in its own right is the Colorado Community Recovery Symposium that was held in Loveland, CO on November 22nd. This workshop was the result of the collaborative efforts of the State of Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Office of Emergency Management, and the Colorado Recovery Office; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD); and APA CO, with support from the Colorado Municipal League (CML) and Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI). Recognizing the great need to provide information and assistance to the flood-affected communities in eastern Colorado, this group formed to bring together resources, planning expertise, technical knowledge, and peer-to-peer lessons-learned from disaster-affected communities around the Country.

Approximately 160 individuals attended the Colorado Community Recovery Symposium including numerous representatives from local governments, agency representatives, interested citizens, and others. The group heard presentations from the Colorado Recovery Office, FEMA, and the Office of Emergency Management; and from experts in water, stream dynamics, and emergency management in an afternoon forum on Stream Recovery. Perhaps the most compelling and encouraging presentations came from speakers from other areas of the Country affected by disasters. The lessons-learned and Peer Panel Discussion delivered by Kelly Arnold, Town Manager of Windsor, CO; Jane Cage, Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, Joplin, MO; Rebecca Ellis, Vermont State Representative and Chair of the Waterbury Select Board, Waterbury, VT; and Bob Dixson, Mayor of Greensburg, KS were informative, heart-warming, and spirit-lifting.

This was a collaborative, valuable effort that will lead to additional future workshops to assist communities in recovery. The Colorado Community Recovery Symposium was the result of many hours of work from the groups noted above. However, the Symposium could not have happened without the generosity of the workshop sponsors. First and foremost, Embassy Suites Loveland provided the facility, catering, audio-visual equipment and all facility support, without charge, to bring this assistance to Colorado communities. This is an unbelievable example of big-heartedness. Their efforts were assisted by additional corporate sponsors who opened their hearts and wallets to provide funding for food service and equipment. These sponsors are Revolution Advisors, HDR, Stan Clauson Associates, Inc., and Steer Davies Gleave. These groups are the heroes among us. A special thanks to these sponsors who came forward and provided the means to make the Symposium possible.

Please enjoy this issue of Planning Matters and keep celebrating our planning work and accomplishments!
 

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