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Posted on July 12th, by Sarah Reed in APA Indiana, Communications Committee, Scanning Planning. No Comments


A summary of the 1st half of 2013

Good afternoon colleagues and HAPPY FRIDAY!!  Since the launch of the new APA Indiana website earlier this year, this is the first edition of the Scanning Planning Newsletter.  What we’ve done is compiled a listing of the blog posts/articles for the first half of 2013.

The Communications Committee is working to recruit bloggers for more “standardized” columns that will appear quarterly or bi-annually (as blog posts), which would be in addition to the APA-IN Board Member and Committee posts.  Announcements will be made as columns are created…stay tuned!

If you have an article for submittal or an idea for a column, please contact the Newsletter Editor, Sarah Reed ( or the Communications Chair, Katie Bannon (

Thank you, and have a Great Weekend!!


The Grissom Aeroplex Takes Off:  Grissom Air Force Base, located in Miami County, Indiana, was a large military installation once home to KC-135 air-to-air refueling and A-10 attack aircraft. As part of the federal government’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, it was announced in 1994 that Grissom Air Force Base would be realigned. This meant that all active duty operations at the base would end.

Planners Embracing Change in Columbus:  With the theme of “Embracing Change”, the 2013 APA-IN spring conference was held on March 15th at the Commons in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Over a hundred planning professionals from across the state were in attendance.

City of Terre Haute Remediates Large Community Brownfield Site:  The City of Terre Haute is beginning the remediation process for a large brownfield site in the community.  Scheduled to begin on June 1, 2013, the $5.3 million project will remediate 20 acres of the former Terre Haute Coke and Coal site.  Funding will be provided through the Indiana Brownfields Program and the Indiana Finance Authority.  In fact, according to City of Terre Haute Chief Planner Pat Martin, it will be the largest single brownfield project to have been completed in the Indiana Finance Authority’s history.

Town of McCordsville Planning for Future Downtown:  A recent planning effort by the Town of McCordsville helps to set the stage for future development in that community’s downtown.  The Town of McCordsville, in cooperation with the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, conducted a project called “Imagine McCordsville”.

 Placemaking Matters in Creating Resilient Downtowns:  There is a shift in thinking in downtown redevelopment. Rather than simply revitalizing downtowns, the new thinking is to make downtowns resilient. Revitalization is a reactive strategy and seeks primarily to fix current downtown problems. Revitalization programs would target blight removal, decreasing crime rates, or improving property values. The goal of revitalization is thus to restore the downtown to its previous state.

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