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A Note from APA Texas Chapter President Doug McDonald, AICP

Click here to read a Note from the Chapter President. Highlights include: 

  • A recap on NPC18;
  • Details on a new partnership with The Daytripper;
  • Upcoming dicussion regarding a diversity and inclusion committee;
  • and more! 

Last Call! APATX18 Conference Sessions

The Call for Sessions for the Annual Texas Chapter Planning Conference and Short Course for Elected and Appointed Officials is now open. The Chapter has improved the process by moving the submittal process online through our provider, ZoomGrants. Visit www.apatx18.com to submit your proposal via ZoomGrants and review our handy "how-to" document that walks you every step of the way. Sessions are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by 11:59PM.

Call for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Conference Program Ads for APATX18

It is time to have your company logo in our newsletter! The APA Texas Chapter continues to put on great conferences primarily because we have great sponsors. We invite you to view our new 2018-2019 Sponsor and Exhibitor package and check-out additional opportunities to provide ad space in the conference program.

2018's Great Places in Texas

On April 2nd, the Texas Chapter designated six new places as Great Places in Texas! Congratulations to 2018's Great Places in Texas! Click below to learn more about each designee or watch the 2018 Announcement Video.

Downtown Bryan (Great Neighborhood)
Downtown San Marcos (Great Neighborhood)
Fort Worth - Magnolia Street (Great Street)
McAllen - Oval Park (Great Public Space)
Tyler Municipal Rose Garden (Great Public Space)
Waco - Suspension Bridge (Great Public Space)

NPC18 Recap: Don't sleep on Texas planners!

Over 350 Texas planners made the trip to New Orleans for NPC18! Planners learned new techniques and best practices for making great communities, and 37 Texas planners presented at sessions and shared their expertise and influence with thousands of planners from all over the country!

Congratulations to Texas' newest members of the College of Fellows who were inducted at NPC18:

Bill Barker, FAICP

John Dugan, FAICP

David Preziosi, FAICP

Shafik Riffad, FAICP

Call for 2018 Texas Chapter Awards and Planning Excellence Recognition Begins May 1

We are looking for Texas' best! The Call for the Annual Texas Chapter Awards Program and Planning Recognition Program will open May 1 and close July 13. There will be some minor changes to the Texas Chapter Awards Program as the process will be moved completely online using ZoomGrants (same software for the Conference Sessions). Be sure to check out the website for updates to the Annual Texas Chapter Awards and Planning Excellence Recognition Program

Stay engaged and win!

Be sure to stay engaged with your fellow Texas planners and watch out for opportunities to earn entries into monthly drawings for a gift card!

Log your eligible actions here! The list of eligible actions per month will be updated on the first of the month and shared frequently throughout the month on the Chapter's social media platforms!

April Planner Profile: Daphne Ryan, Texarkana

Name: Daphnea Tatom Ryan

Title: Planner II

Agency: City of Texarkana

Time at current location: City of Texarkana, Texas just over 10 years. City Planner position just over 2 years

Southern Arkansas University
New Mexico State University

Why did you get into Planning?  Many of my previous responsibilities overlapped with economic development and the planning process, including managing our EPA Brownfields program, Historic Landmark Preservation Committee, Neighborhood Associations and Environmental Reviews for CDBG projects. During a reorganization of city departments, I was presented with two new options for career advancement and I chose planning.  Although Planning was not in the forefront of my career, I have always had an interest in many of the aspects of planning, specifically on the preservation side.  The history of our city and redeveloping our downtown and historic neighborhoods captures my interest most. I am appreciative for the opportunity to be involved in helping to shape the future of Texarkana and enjoy learning new concepts and practices.

What is your proudest accomplishment?  My proudest accomplishment is always yet to come; however, in my current Planning position my proudest accomplishment is guiding the completion of our Comprehensive Plan update which will hopefully be adopted by our Council in April. Working with Halff Associates, and guided by robust civic engagement from our community, our new Comprehensive Plan provides a roadmap for an active plan that will bring positive change and growth to our city.

What is your dream project? My dream project would be to fully revitalize our downtown into a vibrant destination and have unlimited resources at my disposal. For now however, we will continue to implement strategic public sector resources and celebrate steady private sector progress for our historic downtown.

AICP Exam Prep

The May 2018 exam season is upon us! Make sure that you've exhausted all of the resources that APATX provides in preparing for the AICP exam! Good luck!

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