Nominations for this year’s Chapter awards program are being accepted online through August 31.
One of the highlights of the annual Chapter Conference is the Professional Awards program. Each year, our Chapter recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of city, town, and regional planning. We will recognize this year’s winners at the Professional Awards Ceremony on October 4, 2018 – during the Chapter Conference in Ithaca, NY.
“The Professional Awards celebrate the hard and rewarding work that our colleagues do each day,” said Sean Maguire, AICP. Maguire, Vice President of the Chapter and Chair of the Awards Committee said that this year’s program is particularly exciting as it launches some changes that allow the association to focus more on recognizing outstanding work for its merits. “This year, while the awards program remains competitive, we’re pleased that recent changes will allow our committee to showcase all of the remarkable work that our communities benefit from.”
The Professional Awards program recognizes outstanding submissions in the following areas: comprehensive planning, best practice, grassroots initiative, implementation, public outreach, distinguished leadership, planner emeritus, and Great Places in Upstate NY. In 2017, the New York Upstate Chapter recognized the following individuals and projects.
· Distinguished Leadership, Elected Official: Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa
· Distinguished Leadership, Planner Emeritus: Edward C. Marx, AICP
· Best Practice: Richardson Olmstead Complex, Buffalo
· Public Outreach: Living Niawanda, Tonawanda
· Implementation: Tonawanda 2014 Comprehensive Plan
· Great Places in NY, Public Spaces: Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge, Amsterdam
· Great Places in NY, Streets: North Union Street, Olean
· Outstanding Student Project: Scajaquada Creek Uncovered, University at Buffalo
Current members of the New York Upstate APA Chapter are eligible to submit a nomination. Student projects may be nominated by the head of the academic planning program regardless of membership. Projects or plans should occur within the New York Upstate Chapter, which also includes the eastern Ontario and western Quebec provinces of Canada. For projects completed outside of the chapter, the nominator must demonstrate how it has applicability for planning in the Chapter. Project teams with multiple members must have at least one member of the team located or residing in the Chapter area. For individual awards, nominees must be a person living or working within the New York Upstate Chapter area.
Nominations for the 2018 Professional Awards opened on June 15 and are now being accepted at http://www.nyupstateplanning.org/about/chapter-awards. The 2018 Professional Awards Program Committee, which includes a committee consisting of one representative from each Upstate NY Section and the Chapter Vice President as its chair, will judge each submission solely on information contained in the submittal package. Submission materials must be provided via the online submission form no later than 11:59 pm on August 31, 2018.