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The Midwest Section has established an annual awards program to recognize students, individuals and projects making significant contributions to planning. The program is intended to augment and not replicate the awards program of the Texas Chapter. The 2012 Midwest Section planning awards were presented at the Midwest Section’s annual banquet on Friday, January 11, 2013. Below are the
award descriptions and recipients.

Planning Advocate Award- Recognition of an outstanding appointed commissioner or elected official who has demonstrated support for the planning process through their efforts. This year’s recipient is Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Mayor Price was also a keynote speaker for the 2012 APA-Texas Chapter Conference in Fort Worth.

Student Project Award - Recognition of an outstanding research or planning project by an individual or team of students in an accredited planning program. This year’s recipient is the University of Texas at Arlington’s Transecting the Metropolis: A New Urbanism Approach to Mid-City Revitalization by UT-Arlington students Ed Nelson, Esmeralda de la Cruz, Kelsey Berry, and Matthew Geske.

Project Planning Award - Recognition of an outstanding plan, study, or project that may be specific or comprehensive in nature and addresses development issues of an area, city, county, or region. This year’s recipient is the City of Hudson Oaks for their first Comprehensive Plan.

For photos of the awards ceremony and banquet, please visit the Midwest Section Facebook page.