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The demand for fresh foods to support healthy communities is increasing across the country. Nationwide, the number of farmers markets increased 17 percent from 2010 to 2011, with the second largest rate of growth occurring in Texas at 38 percent. 

Farmers markets support the local agricultural economy, encourage social interaction and provide more environmentally friendly produce with reduced transportation and packaging needs. These markets can also supplement local health initiatives, particularly in lower income areas often referred to as “food deserts” that have less access to...

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Wendy Shabay, Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Assistant Group Manager and Associate and Shai Ross, AICP, Director of Community Development, City of Burleson, will be speaking Thursday, October 6. Their session, Successful Planning – The City/Consultant Dialogue, addresses the expectations and perceptions of each stakeholder's side and proposes a formula for reconciling expectations to create a successful relationship.

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Brandon Gonzalez has been elected as the Young Planning Group representative to the North Central Texas American Planning Association (NCTAPA) Executive Board for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Mr. Gonzalez served as Networking Coordinator for NCTAPA during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

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Eddie Haas, Urban Planning Group Assistant Group Manager, has been appointed to his fourth term on the City of Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Haas is currently serving as Vice-Chair for the Commission.

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Wendy Shabay, Freese and Nichols Urban Planning Assistant Group Manager, was recently elected President of the Texas American Planning Association. Ms. Shabay will serve two years as President-Elect, two years as President and two years as Past President. This significant achievement will allow her to continue to take an active role in planning in the State.  

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We are proud to announce that Erica Craycraft and Shad Comeaux have passed the March 2011 AICP Exam. Congratulations to you both! With these two new additions, 70 percent of the Urban Planning group is now professionally certified. Planning group team member Cody Richardson has passed three of the five sections of the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam. He will take the final two sections of this extensive process in the coming months.

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We are very proud to announce that the Tarleton State University Campus Master Plan, completed by Freese and Nichols, was awarded the prestigious 2010 Outstanding Campus Master Plan Award by American School and University Magazine. Freese and Nichols continues to make its mark on the world of campus planning by offering visionary yet practical solutions for both two-year and four-year educational institutions.

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Freese and Nichols was a member of the Vision North Texas team working with a natural resources research team to develop the Vision North Texas plan providing input related to water quality, water supply and conservation, parks and open space planning, and stormwater quality. They also facilitated several regional planning sessions.

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