April 2016
Update from the Region II AICP Commissioner
By: Denise Harris

Greetings! On January 1, 2016 I assumed the office of the Region II AICP Commissioner. As your new Commissioner I want to thank the South Carolina Chapter for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to you.  Many exciting events are occurring within the American Institute of Certified Planners. The first being the induction next month of the Class of 2016 AICP College of Fellows in Phoenix at the APA National Conference. 61 new planners will receive the highest honor that AICP bestows upon on a member. If you see one of these new inductees, please take a moment to recognize the outstanding contributions they have made to our profession! Continue reading here

Planning's Big Tent | A Message from the SCAPA President
By: Ernie Boughman
It is such a privilege to be part of the planning community and a distinct and humbling honor to lead the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA). As I work here in South Carolina, travel to projects around the country, and volunteer within this organization, I am continuously reminded of the “Big Tent” that planning embraces. Inclusiveness is not just a concept for planners, it is a way of life. Continue reading here

Winter-Spring 2016 Conference
Session Presentations
Now Available Here

2016 SCAPA Conference Dates
Summer Conference:
June 15 in Greer, SC 
Fall Conference:
September 20-23 in Augusta, SC*
*Joint conference with GA APA Chapter

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SCAPA Finance Update
By: Mary Douglas Hirsch, SCAPA Secretary/Treasurer
2015 was a good year for SCAPA.  We ended the year with revenues greater than budgeted and expenses under budget for a total net income of $8,425.20.  We will use the same audit firm as last year to complete this year’s audit.  SCAPA continues to support educational initiatives with its annual funding support to Clemson’s Student Chapter, excellent conference offerings spread across the state, and continued support for AICP Exam Training.  Conferences continue to be well attended, which helps our overall financial position.  We encourage all SCAPA members to attend as many conferences as possible as they not only help members stay current with trends and AICP credits, they help the chapter financially.  We hope all members will continue to renew their memberships, to encourage new members to join, and to spread the word about SCAPA! For a detailed look at the SCAPA budget, click here.
SCAPA welcomed several new and returning members in January! Check out a complete list here.
The Winter-Spring 2016 SCAPA Conference, held in Beaufort, SC on March 18, included informative sessions and walking tours showcasing the historic district.  Click here to view the conference photo gallery.
SCAPA Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SCAPA Conference Scholarship Program: Mallory Baches is attending the APA National Conference and LaToya Grate will be attending the Fall SCAPA-GPA Conference. The SCAPA Executive Committee believes that attendance at chapter and national conferences contributes to the professional development of the individual member, to the overall performance of the Chapter, and ultimately APA. Congratulations to our winners!
AICP Exam Scholarship
Through the American Planning Association, SCAPA was given a scholarship of $350 towards the AICP exam scholarship.   The scholarship application period ended on February 19th.   Through this process, two very worthy applications were received.  The Executive Committee decided to award both candidates with APA providing one scholarship and SCAPA providing the other.  One of our scholarship recipients will take the exam in May and the other in November of this year.  Congratulations to the members receiving the scholarships!

Call for Session Proposals | Fall 2016 GPA-SCAPA Conference

The Georgia Planning Association (GPA) and South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) are seeking session proposals for their joint Fall 2016 Conference scheduled for Sept. 21 - 23, 2016 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center (2 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA). The session proposal form can be found on-line at  It is a digital form that you will fill out and submit on-line.  Please make sure to include all of the requested information in the submittal form. The submittal deadline is 5:00 PM Monday, June 27, 2016.  Following this deadline, a Programs Committee made up of representatives from both GPA and SCAPA will review all submitted session proposals and determine which to include in the conference agenda.  We will notify all those that submit proposals by July 15.  Please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues, etc. that you think might be interested in submitting a session proposal form.  Please contact Andrea Pietras, SCAPA President-Elect/Programs Chair, at with any questions.
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