SURP students at the City of Delray Beach

This semester, several SURP students had the opportunity to shadow the City of Delray Beach Development Services Department and attended the Delray Beach Planning Month Proclamation Reading with the Mayor. From left to right: Maxwell Zengage, Brandon Johnson, Sibel Bode, Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia, Herschell Myers, Anne Volcy, Ross Einsteder, Deborah Slaski. Photo credit: Brian Ruscher

Student Scholarships for APA Florida Conference

APA FL CONF Student Scholarship

Apply Now for a Student Scholarship to Attend the Florida APA Annual Conference
Deadline is August 22

The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Florida) is holding its 2018 annual conference in West Palm Beach September 11-14. This is a great opportunity for students to network with prospective employers and to learn about what’s happening in planning in Florida and beyond. For more information about the conference, see:

Students who volunteer to assist with the conference will receive preference. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Patricia Behn at

The Treasure Coast Section of APA Florida is providing scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to up to 15 full-time students who are APA members and who live or work in the Section’s service area (Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, or Okeechobee counties). If you are not an APA member, join now (it’s free for students!) by contacting Craig Snyder in the SURP office at The Treasure Coast Section is offering $100 scholarships, which effectively reduce the $135 full-time student registration fee to only $35 (recipients must pay the full fee and then request reimbursement). The scholarships are intended for students who do not have another source of funding, such as an employer willing to cover the registration fee. Note that the $135 registration fee goes up to $170 after August 22.

To apply, contact Alessandria Palmer, Treasure Coast Section Chair, at, as soon as possible, but no later than August 10, and let her know if you’ve volunteered to assist with the conference.

What is economic development?


This course provides a practical overview that highlights economic development approaches and analytical methods. What is economic development? Are cities that engage in economic development programs doing so based on economic rationale or are these programs politically driven? Why do counties and cities engage in economic development planning? Do the programs even make sense? In planning the optimal, practical economic development program, how do you overcome politics to implement a solid program? How do you ensure that the incentives you may propose will result in the desired economic development behavior? Finally, given any economic development program, how do you evaluate it to fine-tune it and improve it in the future?

The early part of the course revolves around general theories of economic development and the origins of economic development policy, measurement, and assessment. Through a series of papers, this course enables students to either craft their own economic development program in relation to an existing need or improving on an existing economic development program. The outcome of this course is a well-crafted, well-documented economic development plan ranging from the history of the proposed approach to incentivizing, evaluating, and critiquing their proposed program.

For additional information, please contact Jesse Saginor, Ph.D., AICP:

2017 SURP Student Poster Contest

Submit your poster to our 2017 Poster Contest. New or previously created posters depicting planning coursework or project work are eligible. Posters must identify name(s) of students, program of study, expected graduation date, and related course, project, and/or faculty, if applicable.


Posters will be evaluated on:

  • informative, concise, error-free text
  • graphics which illustrate the information
  • overall presentation quality

SURP will print winning posters for display and scholarships will be awarded:

  • 2 grand-prize winners will each receive a $250 scholarship
  • up to 5 runners-up will each receive a $100 scholarship

DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
For more information, please contact Dr. Steve Bourassa at

Florida APA announces Minority Scholarship

The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association Minority Scholarship is meant to celebrate planning and foster increased interest in planning by providing financial support for planning students who are members of underserved ethnic groups and who attend a PAB-accredited planning institution or urban planning program actively seeking PAB accreditation in the state of Florida. Two scholarships are offered: one for $2000 and one for $1500. Learn more and apply here: 2017 Minority Scholarship Application Package