Yesterday the American Planning Association Pennsylvania chapter presented Jim with their 2015 Planning Leadership by a Professional Planner award. The award was conferred at the association’s annual conference Oct. 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh.
The award recognizes outstanding, significant and sustained contributions to the profession through distinguished practice, and places Jim among “the best and brightest in Pennsylvania Planning” in 2015.
Jim has demonstrated over the course of his 40- year career that professionals should facilitate change, not only in communities but also in the profession. He has helped devise new methods of community planning, shared lessons learned, and relentlessly championed grass-roots approaches as the most practical, useful and long-lasting.
Accepting the award, Jim said, “Today is a great time to be a planner, with so many terrific trends going on in the field. But I have a three-part challenge for everyone in the room. I’d like to ask all the planners assembled here to do these things: To do excellent work; to give voice to those who are not at the table; and to do what you are doing in a sustainable manner. With these steps we can most effectively make a positive difference in the communities where we work.”