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Greetings Western Central Chapter Members,

Happy National Community Planning Month! The beginning of October means the start of an entire month dedicated to recognizing the exceptional work planners do every day, and the role we play in support of our communities. This year, I’m pleased to announce that recognition extends to one of our own communities in the Western Central region.

The Heart of Missoula has been designated a 2017 Great Place in America by the American Planning Association! Missoula joins 274 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces around the country that have received this prestigious designation over the past 10 years. Great Places in America is the flagship program of the American Planning Association (APA), celebrating places of exemplary character, quality, and planning.

One of the program’s long-standing goals has been to initiate conversations about planning and communities, and what it means to create a neighborhood, street or public space among members of the public, academics, and policy makers. Great Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historic interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow – and most importantly, a legacy of planning. The Heart of Missoula is being recognized for it’s catalytic redevelopment efforts – including the recent Art Park in downtown; the community’s focus on environmental health, proposing an ambitious plan to achieve 50% carbon reduction by 2020; and the City-wide focus on multi-modal transportation with events like “Sunday Streets Missoula” and the expansion of free public transit for community members. Read more about Missoula and other 2017 award recipients by visiting APA’s website -

The Heart of Missoula will be recognized during the community’s First Friday events happening downtown at the Missoula Art Park on October 6th – for those of you in the area, stop by and celebrate with us!

In appreciation of all that you do for your communities and our profession,

Allison Mouch, AICP

Western Central Chapter President