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Welcome to the Urban & Regional Planning program at ECU.

Our program has a 50-year tradition. In 1960, East Carolina University began to offer courses in urban and regional planning. In 1974, ECU approved the BS degree in urban and regional planning. The BS degree is one of only 15 undergraduate degree programs in the U.S. accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, and it is the only accredited undergraduate planning program in North Carolina. Over 1,000 students have graduated from our program with an undergraduate major or minor in planning or a graduate concentration in planning. Our program has strong support from active alumni. On behalf of the program, its faculty, and its alumni and friends, I extend our thanks for your interest in the urban and regional planning program.

- Dr. Misun Hur, Interim Director

Planning News

SPAN Table Talk Fall 2017
SPAN Table Talk Series Fall 2017

Fall 2017

SPAN TABLE TALK had a highly successful Fall 17' Series with four invited speakers: John Stowe from ECU Career Center, Gilbert Combs from the City of Wilmington, Chris Lawson from Pitt County Planning, and Eric Vitale from Fayetteville Area MPO.

Stay tuned for the Spring 18' Series with the NCAPA Educational Outreach Panel discussion, Chad Sary from Town of Knightdale, and Eli Johnson from Pitt County Planning.

NC-APA Conference
Program Involvements during the NC-APA Conference

September 26-29, 2017

ECU Planning Program involved in the American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter annual conference (September 26-29, 2017) at the Greenville Convention Center. Many events were done during the conference. 

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Poster Presentations PLAN 4025
Poster Presentations City of Greenville's Joint Meeting

April 20, 2017

Students made poster presentations at the City of Greenville's a joint meeting of the Police Community Relations Committee and the Neighborhood Advisory Board.

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Dr. Wubneh's Outreach for Ethiopian Issues
Dr. Mulatu Wubneh's Outreach for Ethiopian Issues

September 19, 2017
Dr. Mulatu Wubneh's Outreach for Ethiopian Issues

Dr. Mulatu Wubneh, a faculty emeritus, served as the Chair and coordinator of the ESAT Special Program Ethiopiawinnet Symposium on September 19, 2017. The language is Amharic, the official Ethiopian language. A two-day annual symposium on various aspects of Ethiopian political, social and economic systems.

2017 Urban Regional Planning Scholarship
2017 Urban & Regional Planning Scholarship and Award Recipients Announced

Spring 2017
2017 Urban & Regional Planning Scholarship and Award Recipients Announced

Three students were announced as recipients of 2017 Urban & Regional Planning Scholarships and Awards.

  • Nicholas A. Musarra, Senior student, received the 2017 Urban Planning Alumni Scholarship ($2,000). He is the current SPAN president. He had two internships, with Uptown Greenville (Spring 2017), and with Kimley-Horn & Associates in Charlotte (Summer 2017). His interests are transportation and mobility planning and sustainable design.
  • Kellen P. Long, Senior student, received three award and scholarships this year, which include 2017 AICP Outstanding Student Award, 2017 S. M. Hankins Scholarship ($600), and 2017 John C. Ralph Scholarship ($300). She did three internships with Elizabeth City (Summer 2017), Southern Shores (Summer 2017), and Albemarle Regional Health Services as the Active Living Intervention Lead for Region 9 (Fall 2017). She has served as the SPAN Secretary.
  • Damiere Powell, graduated in Spring 2017 currently in the Master of Urban Design program at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, nominated for the 2017 NC-APA Outstanding Student Award. This award recognizes exceptional academic studies and initiative in planning. He was one of the 2016 SECU Public Service Fellow -Greene County Economic Development Commission.