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A note from our President

All the trees have leafed out and the flowers are blooming, I hope you are enjoying our pleasant Alabama Spring weather, because it won’t be long before we will be fully overtaken by Alabama Summer!  We have lots of new initiatives in the works for ALAPA and several upcoming activities of which you will want to be aware.

Mississippi-Alabama Joint Chapter Conference

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the joint Mississippi-Alabama Chapter conference to be held September 14-16, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.  This should be a fun and informative conference and I encourage you to plan to attend.  This is a great opportunity to share experiences with members of our sister chapter, develop new professional contacts and form new friendships. 
Registration is now open and available for you to access through the Chapter’s website at

Chapter Elections

It is time again for you to select your Executive Committee members for the next term.  The Nominations Committee is working to develop a slate of officers and forward them to APA National for inclusion on the ballot.
If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the ALAPA Executive Committee please see the information in the newsletter below. The nomination cycle is in full swing and will conclude May 27, 2016, so get your information in to Scott as soon as possible.
Also, on the ballot this year will be a fully updated set of Bylaws for the Chapter.  The revisions to the Bylaws represents months of work on behalf of the Executive Committee.  You will find that the Bylaws have been significantly simplified to represent only how the Chapter is run on an ongoing basis.  All policy and procedures have been moved to a new “Policies and Procedures Manual” which will take effect upon adoption of the Bylaws.  This document will describe in detail the programs, committees and positions that the Executive Committee oversees and establish minimum standards for the completion of their activities. 
I strongly encourage you to vote in favor of the new Bylaws.  The resulting changes will allow the Executive Committee to more easily conduct day to day businesses and make needed adjustments to activities without requiring a Bylaws amendment each time a change is needed.
Until next time, Happy Planning!
Warm Regards,



Executive Committee Call for Nominations

 The nomination period for the Alabama Chapter 2017-2018 Executive Committee election cycle is underway. A prospective nominee shall be a member of AL-APA in good standing and a resident of Alabama. The positions up for election are President, Vice-President, Secretary, North Section Representative, Central Section Representative, South Section Representative, and Gulf Coast Section Representative. Elected officers will begin term of office onJanuary 1, 2017 and will serve on the Executive Committee for two (2) years. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5 PM.

Questions regarding nomination should be sent to Nominating Committee Chair Scott Farmer at Nominations may be submitted through the online form at

Under the working schedule, the Chapter must submit nominations to APA by June 3. The voting period will be from August 5 through September 8, 2016, with email reminders from APA sent to members. The Chapter will also send reminders. Election results will be announced later in September 2016.

Scott Farmer, AICP
Nominating Committee Chairman


2016 Awards Program Call for Nominations

The Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, through its Annual Awards Program, seeks to recognize the notable contributions and achievements of planning professionals, elected or lay persons, the media and our state planning students. Additionally, the chapter seeks to recognize outstanding planning programs, plans and projects prepared and implemented by local governments, private consultants, as well as other local organizations and agencies throughout the state.

The Chapter Awards Committee would like to announce that nominations for the 2016 Alabama Chapter Awards Program are now being accepted. The deadline for accepting these nominations is set for Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. CST. The Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the joint Alabama-Mississippi Chapter Conference on September 14-16, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Awards Committee encourages anyone who knows of any worthy persons, projects, programs or plans to give serious consideration to submitting a nomination for this year’s Awards Program. The awards program information including the Awards Program categories, nomination criteria as well as the submission information is available in the 2016 Awards Program Categories and Nomination Criteria which can be found on the Chapter website at
Todd L. McDonald, AICP
Awards Committee Chairman



Upcoming Events

Alabama League of Municipalities

Alabama State Data Center Conference

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions FORUM 2016

MS/AL Annual Conference
Biloxi, MS 

For additional events or to submit an event, please visit the upcoming events calendar of the chapter website. 

Other News

Please welcome our new Chapter Webmaster, Brandon Bias.  Brandon has been helping out with the website, and more specifically our social media, for some time now and has recently agreed to serve as our full-time webmaster.  I am sure you have seen all the recent updates to the website and there will certainly be more to come.
Brandon will be reinitiating our Chapter Newsletter in an electronic format to help keep members informed about what is going on in planning around the State.  Please help him out by sending newsworthy information to him at .  You may also use this email if you have questions regarding the website or wish to have something posted.

Job Postings

The following are active Job Postings listed on the chapter website.
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