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Our very own Shila: Runner up for the American Planning Association (APA) Mobile App Contest!


Shila Behzadaria, Get Healthy Graduate Intern, was first runner up in APA’s challenge to design a mobile app in support of good planning! Nine candidates were selected to present out of the many that applied. Facing stiff competition, Shila’s app idea called “Activist” would help streamline and support citizen engagement in planning processes. A user could select a City or County to follow and receive updates on any planning project/effort underway. Users would receive notification on upcoming engagement opportunities, meetings, new drafts/documents, and deadlines for the projects they were following. There would also be a social media aspect where they could provide comments and share their perspective. The goal is to increase participation in local planning!