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APA student and other awards for Technology and Planning

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  • Asha Agrawal
    [From http://www.planning.org/divisions/tech/awards/ ] Outstanding Use of Technology in Planning Awards Deadline: January 31, 2009 Category 1 ? Best Use of
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      [From http://www.planning.org/divisions/tech/awards/ ]

      Outstanding Use of Technology in Planning Awards

      Deadline: January 31, 2009

      Category 1 ? Best Use of Technology to Improve a Plan or Planning Process
      This category recognizes an organization for the creative use of
      technology in improving planning processes. Examples may include
      technology in subdivision approval, urban design, or comprehensive

      Category 2 ? Best Use of Technology for Public Participation
      This category recognizes an organization for the best use of technology to
      enhance public involvement and participation in planning and decision
      making processes.

      Category 3 ? Best Use of Technology for a University Urban and Regional
      Planning Program
      This category recognizes an accredited university planning program for the
      most effective use of teaching with technology in preparing future
      planners for professional work. This can include the work of a single
      class or the use of technology to benefit all students in the program.

      Category 4 ? Best Paper on Technology in Planning
      This category recognizes a student for an outstanding paper on the use of
      technology in planning. Papers must have been originally written by a
      single author for a class in a planning program in a U.S. college or
      university. Master's theses, terminal professional reports, and student
      group projects are not eligible. Papers may be no more than 20 pages long,
      including references. Tables, maps, and other diagrams may supplement the
      20 pages of text, but not exceed five pages. Papers must be typed and
      double-spaced with margins of at least 1 inch and 12-point font.


      Open to APA members and non-members. Any plan, project, program, process,
      report, paper, etc. must have been published, implemented, or completed
      within two years of the date of submission.

      Nominators must assign each submission to one category. No changes will be
      allowed after the submission deadline. The jury may move a submission from
      one category to another.
      Members of the Technology Division Awards Committee are not eligible to
      enter, to be nominated, or to receive awards.

      Criteria for all Technology Division Awards

      Originality/Innovation. Document how your entry presents a visionary
      approach or innovative concept to address agency or customer needs.
      Explain how the use of the planning process in this context broadened the
      use of information technology within the context of the local situation.

      Transferability. Illustrate how the entry has potential application for
      others and how application of your entry's components and methodology
      would further the cause of good planning.

      Quality. Winning entries will represent excellence of thought, analysis,
      writing and graphics throughout the nomination, regardless of budgetary
      limitations. Indicate how available resources were used in a thoughtful
      and ethical process.

      Comprehensiveness. Specify how planning principles have been observed,
      especially in consideration of your entry's effects on other public
      objectives. Identify to what extent your entry includes elements important
      to the local community.

      Role of Planners. Clarify the role, significance and participation of the
      planner; for instance, how in-house staff and consultants worked together.
      Demonstrate the connection between the success of this effort and
      increased awareness of planners and the planning process. (Category 4
      submissions do not need to address this item).

      Effectiveness/Results. State how your entry addressed the need or problem
      that prompted its initiation. Be explicit about how the results have made
      a difference in the lives of the people affected. Convey the level of
      effectiveness your entry could have over time.

      Submit at least one, but no more than five, one-page letter(s) in support
      of the entry. The letter(s) should offer support for the value of the
      nominated effort and may not be written by the nominator of the
      submission, by the nominated individual, or by anyone who directly worked
      on the project.

      Award Recognition
      Award recipients will be recognized at the Technology Division Business
      Meeting at APA's National Planning Conference. Technology Division award
      recipients receive a personalized certificate. Each award recipient will
      be profiled in the InfoText newsletter and on the Technology Division
      website. The winner of Best Paper on Technology in Planning will receive a
      $500 scholarship.

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