NEWPORT, RI - The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association awarded the Meriden City Center Initiaitive Team the 2005 Community Development Award.at the organizations Regional meetings in November 2005. Annually, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association solicits nominations for outstanding planning efforts.
The 2005 Community Development Award was presented to the City of Meriden, the Meriden Economic Resources Group and its other partners for their efforts to revitalize the downtown through the Meriden City Center Initiative. Along with funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, the Chamber of Commerce and others, the City prepared a comprehensive plan to serve as a "road map" in pursuit of private reinvestment in the downtown. In its selection of the project, the Awards Committee cited the interdisciplinary nature of the approach as well as the graphic depiction of existing and proposed conditions among the noteworthy elements of the project. Wayne D'Amico from MERG along with several other team members were on hand to accept the award.
CCAPA is the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, the national organization of professional planners and citizens involved in planning for our nation's communities. The American Planning Association brings together thousands of people — practicing planners, citizens, elected officials — committed to making great communities happen. APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.