Summer 2018 saw the inaugural visit of 5 NAU Dept. of Geography, Planning and Recreation students to the city of Plymouth, England. Arranged through the American Planning Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute, each of the students was assigned to work in a different division of the Planning Department – Housing, Natural Infrastructure, Local Planning, Regional Planning and GIS. Students worked on projects such as the Affordable Housing Satisfaction Survey, Torquay’s Neighborhood plan and graphics and site visits of development proposals. Students attended City Council, Cabinet and Planning Commission meetings. They were hosted for a reception and tour of the Lord Mayor’s formal residence at Astor house, pictured above. It was obvious to the students that the Planning Department is held in high esteem by the City Council and citizens alike. Branchout News magazine featured this collaboration in its latest issue, see page 12.