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Great Places in Colorado: 2019 Call for Nominations Now Open

Have you heard the exciting news?  The APA Colorado Great Places Committee is proud to announce the 2019 Call for Nominations for the inaugural year of the Great Places in Colorado program is now open!

The Great Places in Colorado program was established in 2019 to celebrate the many Great Places in our state and the communities that sustain them. We all know planning is behind many of the places communities value most. Through this program, APA Colorado will recognize the neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces that represent the gold standard in planning by making communities stronger and bringing people together. The program is modeled after APA's Great Places in America program, and will be an annual selection of places in Colorado that embody a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow.

We believe you know Great Places and we want you to nominate them! We welcome you (and ask you to encourage people in your communities) to nominate your favorite streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces across Colorado, whether they are in your city or town, in a place you've visited, or any other special location you would like to nominate. Nominations may be submitted by individuals, local governments or organizations. A panel of experts from across the state will select the finalists, and the winners will be honored and celebrated during the APA Colorado State Conference in Snowmass and October's National Community Planning Month.

Want more details? The timeline for the inaugural 2019 Great Places Colorado Program is as follows:

• May 8, 2019 - Nomination Period opens
• July 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. - Nomination deadline
• August 15, 2019 - Review completed and notification begins
• September 18-20 - APA Colorado State Conference celebration
• October - National Community Planning Month celebration

To nominate your favorite place, or to learn more about the program and find answers to your questions, please visit http://www.apacolorado.org/great-places-program.

We need volunteers! Are you interested in lending your expertise and supporting this exciting new program in a meaningful way? If so, the Great Places Committee is looking for a few volunteers from across Colorado and across planning disciplines to serve on the jury that reviews nominations. This is an exciting opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge about great planning and help select the first of what will be many Great Places in Colorado! The expected time commitment is just 5-10 hours from July 16-August 15 and will involve reviewing submissions against criteria that the Great Places Committee will provide, meeting via teleconference with the other panelists and selecting the finalists. In addition to the chance to learn more about all the great places around Colorado, each volunteer panelist will be individually celebrated and recognized on the APA Colorado website and other project collateral. If interested in this fun and unique opportunity, please send an email to greatplaces@apacolorado.org to express your interest or to request more information.
 

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