Last Modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:08 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four Louisiana students have been selected as Spring 2012 interns at the White House.
They are: Evan Casper-Futterman, of New York, N.Y., who attends the School of Urban Planning and Regional Studies at the University of New Orleans; Nicholas Giles, a Southern University Law Center student from Houston; Kevin Hagan, of New Orleans, who attends, Dillard University; and Paige Nichols, of Baltimore, who attends LSU.
Interns will work in one of several White House departments, including the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Chief of Staff and the National Economic Council.
The application for the Fall 2012 program is available at www.whitehouse.gov/internships
. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman Buddy Leach congratulated the students Tuesday and the state schools for "preparing our future leaders."
The Louisiana Chapter is honored to announce the election of Karen B. Fernandez, AICP to the College of Fellows of AICP. As FAICP-elect, Karen will soon join four other current members of the Louisiana Chapter (Martin Bruno, Jane Brooks, Bob Becker, Steve Villavaso) in holding the FAICP honor. In making this selection, the FAICP evaluation committee concurred that Karen’s contributions to the development of the professional practice of planning represent the qualities that define Fellowship within AICP. Karen will be inducted into the College of Fellows at the 2012 National Planning Conference (NPC) in Los Angeles on April 15. Please join with us in congratulating Karen for this accomplishment and recognition!
If you know of a college student in the south LA/MS/AL region (ie, from Lafayette, LA to Mobile, AL, and north to Alexandria, LA and Jackson, MS) in a construction management related field of study (eg, engineering, architecture, construction management, construction tech, etc), please pass this info on to them!
Deadline: April 2
Application Download: ow.ly/d/uPU
The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Gulf Coast Chapter is dedicated to leading the growth and acceptance of construction management as a profession discipline that can add significant value to the entire construction process, from conception to ongoing operation. To promote CMAA’s objectives, the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter will award two (2) scholarships to qualified students to help defray the costs of pursuing a degree in Construction Management or a related-degree program in the Chapter’s region. The value of the scholarships varies from year to year, but will typically average $1,000 each.
The deadline for submission of applications is April 2, 2012. The criteria and review process for the scholarships are detailed below:
• Must have completed a minimum of one (1) full academic year of studies, and must have a minimum of one (1) full academic year remaining prior to completing the degree being pursued.
• Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Construction Management (CM) degree program, or other CM-related degree program in the Gulf Coast Chapter region, and show a strong interest in a career in CM, as demonstrated by a response to the essay question in the application package.
The CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter scholarship selection committee will consider the following in selecting recipients of the scholarships:
• academic performance
• quality of essay on future plans and scholarship interest
• recommendation of faculty advisor
• extracurricular activities
The CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter scholarship selection committee will review all complete applications received, and make its recommendations to the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors for approval. Selected winners will be notified on or about April 30, 2012 and the scholarships will be presented at the CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Awards Banquet in New Orleans on May 18, 2012.
The pre-application period for HUD Partnership for Sustainable Community Regional Planning grants and Community Challenge grants has opened. HUD announced the availability of $67 million for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program and $28.6 million for the Sustainable Communities Challenge Planning grant for fiscal year 2011.
Regional Planning Grant
The Regional Planning Grant program is intended to integrate regional planning efforts to housing, land-use, transportation, infrastructure and economic activities to revitalize communities. Grants will be awarded in two categories, according to HUD’s web site:
• Category 1 Funds: Can be used to support the preparation of Regional Plans for sustainable development.
• Category 2 Funds: Can be used to support efforts to modify existing regional plans so that they are in accordance with the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ six Livability Principles. Category 2 Funds also may be used to prepare more detailed execution plans for an adopted regional plan for sustainable development and limit predevelopment planning activities for catalytic projects.
HUD will give preference to applications that include multi-jurisdictional and cross-disciplinary approaches, and funding will be set aside for populations of less than 250,000 and populations between 250,000 and 500,000. Pre-applications are due on August 25 and are required in order to participate in the final application process. Final applications are due on September 26.
Information on the grant can be found here: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=5LG1TxqFsgbmJlTsnQQ1bvcdPXVGL5GNcxdgYp78nXpysvbl2TXX!211168889?oppId=109013&mode=VIEW
Community Challenge Planning Grant
The Community Challenge Grant program is intended to reduce barriers to achieving sustainable communities by assisting communities with planning, zoning reforms, neighborhood redevelopment and planning implementation. The funding is intended to be flexible, allowing communities to develop strategies and set the table for further private investment. Of the $28.6 million available, $3 million will be awarded to areas with populations with fewer than 50,000 people, and $1 million will be available for capacity support grants with a separate NOFA process. Applications are due on September 9, 2011.
Information on the grant can be found here:
For more information on the grants and how to apply for this and other opportunities, please visit our website here:
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University of New Orleans master’s in urban and regional planning student Max Williamson is the recipient of a 2011 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship, through the Federal Highway Administration, is for the pursuit of a master’s degree in transportation-related fields.
Williamson will receive a minimum of $5,000, which he will use to work on his thesis on how to make New Orleans a more bicycle-friendly city. Williamson, a native of St. Augustine, Florida, has a bachelor’s degree in geography and political science from Florida State University.
The objectives of the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship Program are to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation, to enhance the careers of transportation professionals by encouraging them to seek advanced degrees and to retain top talent in the transportation industry of the United States. The program is intended to bring innovation and enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the U.S.
Established in 1974, UNO’s master’s of urban and regional planning is the only accredited professional planning program in Louisiana.
2011 Winner and Runner-up
The 2011 Economic Development Division Graduate scholarship winner is Evan Casper-Futterman of the University of New Orleans for his paper "Back to Basics: Worker Cooperatives as Economic Development
Mr. Casper-Futterman's analysis of community stabilization using worker cooperatives was thoughtful and well-conceived. He will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Economic Development Division.
Alexandra Thompson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be awarded a runner-up certificate for her paper, "Local Foods: Three Ways to an Industry that Pays
Ms. Thompson's paper on connecting local food producers and consumers in ways that generate jobs and promote innovation greatly impressed the selection committee.
There were 16 graduate-level papers submitted this year, a superb response from the many planning schools in the U.S. Many congratulations to our 2011 student paper awards winner and runner-up who will both be honored at the division's annual business meeting during the annual APA conference in Boston.http://www.planning.org/divisions/economic/scholarships/