2016 Alabama APA Award Recipients

The Alabama APA Awards Program recognizes the “best in planning” across the state. Nominations were bestowed at the 2016 AL/MS Annual Conference in the fall at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi. Alabama APA is proud to congratulate our 2016 recipients listed below.

  • Kenneth J. Groves, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award for a Professional Planner: Rebecca Retzlaff, AICP, Ph.D., Auburn University
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for an Elected Public Official: Mayor Sandy Stimpson, City of Mobile
  • Dr. Robert J. Juster Distinguished Leadership Award for a Friend of Planning: Debi Foster, The Peninsula of Mobile
  • Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student Team: Auburn University Fall 2015, Sustainable Transportation Planning Class, “Bicycle Master Plan for the City of Auburn”
  • Outstanding Planning Award for a Comprehensive Plan: City of Alabaster, Alabama, “Alabaster Forward: City of Alabaster Comprehensive Plan Update”
  • Outstanding Planning Award for a Plan or Planning Program: City of Auburn, Alabama, “City of Auburn Downtown Master Plan”
  • Outstanding Planning Award for a Project/Program/Tool: City of Anniston, Alabama, “City of Anniston’s Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Program”
  • Franklin M. Setzer Outstanding Urban Design Project Award: Rotary Club of Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, “Rotary Trail Plan and Design”
  • First Place: Will Butler, Auburn University: “Tuskegee: Planning for Substantive and Sustainable Change Downtown”
  • Second Place: Phoenix Robinson, Auburn University: “Rewriting History: Revitalization Strategies for Tuskegee, Alabama”