Congrats to Phil Wheeler

Congrats to one of our own.  Phil retired with more than 37 years of service.

Dear APA Minnesota Members,

I am pleased to announce that Phil Wheeler has been selected as part of the 2014 Class of the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).  FAICP is the highest professional honor in the planning field.  FAICP members are identified as model planners who have made significant contributions to planning and society.  Phil was nominated by the APA Minnesota chapter and will be inducted as Fellow at the APA Conference this April in Atlanta.

Phil recently retired from the Rochester Olmsted Planning Department following over 37 years of service, where he served as Planning Director since 1990. Phil’s distinguished career is characterized by a continual pursuit of innovation.  His work with the Rochester Olmsted Planning Department on growth management, GIS, and environmental protection pushed the boundaries of current practice, responded to critical challenges in his community, and has directly informed other communities.  He has worked diligently to address key social and equity concerns, generating valuable data to assess these issues along with typical planning topics, advancing community-wide inclusionary policies, and partnering with advocacy organizations to address critical needs.  He has contributed to peer-reviewed articles and has won awards for community service, GIS, and community needs assessment.

Please join me in congratulating Phil Wheeler on this important honor.  If you wish to reach out to Phil directly, his email is phil.wheeler55904@gmail.com.

Best,

Carissa Schively Slotterback

FAICP Nominating Committee Chair

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