2021 APA-NC Awards Nominations Now Available

The APA-NC Awards Program includes NC Great Places Awards and Marvin Collins Planning Awards. These awards recognize the places, people, and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the North Carolina planning community. Awards are presented annually.

To enter your forms or to preview the required information, please click on the submission link below.  All forms are due: June 3, 2021

All nominations will be reviewed by the APA-NC Awards Committee. Winners will be recognized locally, online, and during the North Carolina Planning Conference. 

To submit nominations, click HERE.

Vote Now!

The polls are open for the “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest – vote now for your favorites!  Vote for your favorite art in each age category (kindergarten through high school).  Winners in each category will be featured on billboards across the state!  Polls close at midnight on Sunday, May 9.  Vote now by clicking HERE!

Local Governments and 2020 Census Data: What to Expect, How to Prepare

On May 26 from 1:00-3:00 pm, the NC Office of State Budget and Management is hosting a free, virtual event on the topic of Local Governments and 2020 Census Data: What to Expect, How to Prepare. We know how vital Census data is to our tribal and local governments. And we also know the 2020 Census ushered in numerous policy changes and unexpected challenges. Now that the first Census 2020 data has been released, we want to help local leaders in North Carolina understand what to expect from the coming data releases and what recourse is available to them if they have concerns about their local data.

The event features 3 speakers from the Census Bureau, addressing these issues and more. Feel free to share this information with your network and encourage them to register. To register for the event, click HERE.

I-85 Welcome Center, Rest Area near Virginia State Line Closed for Renovations

Facilities to reopen in time for July 4 holiday travel

The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed a pair of facilities along Interstate 85 near the Virginia State Line for renovations.  The Welcome Center on I-85 South in Warren County and the rest area on I-85 North in Granville County closed today for renovations that are expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete.  The department plans to reopen the facilities in time to accommodate travelers for the July 4 holiday weekend.  NCDOT operates 58 rest areas along interstate and primary highways throughout the state and nine Welcome Centers.