Each year the American Planning Association (APA), County Planning Division (CPD) and its sister organization, the National Association of County Planners (NACP) gives out County Planning Project Awards.  There are two types of awards, Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit.  In addition, there are seven categories of awards; Planning Project, Comprehensive Plan – Large Jurisdiction, Comprehensive Plan – Small Jurisdiction, Best Practices, Grass Roots Initiative, Small Area/Special Area Planning and Special Focus Planning Initiative – Senior Livability.

Richland County Accepted the Award at the County Planning Division’s Annual Business Meeting conducted at the APA National Conference in Chicago, IL on April 14, 2013

This year, Richland County, South Carolina is the recipient of an Award of Merit in the Grass Roots Initiative category for the 8th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference. The Richland County Council and the Planning and Development Services Department has made it a priority to address the struggling nature of urban communities and rural neighborhoods throughout the County and created the Neighborhood Improvement Program to address those challenges head-on. “The Neighborhood Planning Conference” emerged from this effort as a grassroots level conference that extends beyond the traditional scope of planning, broadens public understanding of the planning process, provides neighborhood outreach initiatives and fulfills unique educational programs designed for special populations. The 8th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference provided an unparalleled service to over 200 participants.
Please Save-the-Date for the 9th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference on Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Columbia Convention Center, author and professor Ellen Dunham-Jones will be the keynote speaker.

Left to Right: CPD President, Tim Brown; Richland County Neighborhood Planner, Tiaa Rutherford; Richland County Planning Director, Tracy Hegler