We are honored to share that the winner of the 2016 Hunter Award for Excellence in Community Planning for the Economic Development Division of the American Planning Association is the City of Norfolk, Virginia and its “Global Initiatives Fund.” This project supports local exporters with patient, flexible capital to support their export related activities. The City, which is home to the busiest port on the east coast, is serving small to medium-sized enterprises with this program.  The review committee was especially intrigued by the boldness  involved in taking up such a global topic and the local level.