Great Places in Florida Award

Nominations Extended to Sept. 27

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Help us recognize and celebrate Great Places in Florida! 

This initiative, sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, celebrates Great Places in Florida and the communities that sustain them. 

To continue the community spirit of the inaugural year of the Great Places Award, APA Florida is focusing on those unique, memorable places that work not only for their community but draw outsiders in and are models for others to emulate.  

The Great Places Award is an annual selection of places that represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow. 

What Makes a Great Place?

We all can think of a place that is unique or memorable, but what elements make it truly great? There are many characteristics that make a place special.

A Great Place:

  • Promotes human contact and social activities

  • Is safe, welcoming, and accommodating for all users

  • Has design and architectural features that are visually interesting

  • Promotes community involvement

  • Reflects the local culture or history

  • Relates well to bordering uses

  • Is well maintained

  • Has a unique or special character

How Does the Program Work?

APA Florida is seeking nominations from individuals, local governments and organizations for Great Places in Florida. The Great Places will be recognized and celebrated by APA Florida and their communities.

A panel of experts from across the state will select the finalists, and the winner will be selected through the People’s Choice online voting phase. The Great Places in Florida winner will be announced on Oct. 25, in celebration of National Planning Month.

Through the Great Places in Florida program, we celebrate the vitality and local partnerships that have made each place a focal point for community life .

Here's how to nominate:

1)   Download and review the nomination instructions and rules
2)  Collect all required information and image permissions
3)  Fill out nomination form

Good luck! 

If you have questions, contact Brandon Henry at

Help Us Promote Great Places in Florida

Email, print or distribute this flier around your community. Will download as a pdf.

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