What makes your community a good place to live? How do great places grow, and what makes them special?

Community Assistance Program

APA's Community Assistance Program, with AICP's Planning Assistance Teams, was created to address social equity issues through the provision of specialized planning services to communities in need. This program is supported through donations.

Hurricane Katrina

The devastation from Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast states in 2005, exacerbated by later damage from Hurricanes Rita and Wilma, is our nation's greatest disaster in the last 100 years.

Kids and Community

A website for kids developed by city planners. Explore how you created communities, how you live in them, and how you change them.

National Community Planning Month

NCPM logoEach year APA, its members, chapters, divisions, and professional institute sponsor National Community Planning Month to raise the visibility of the important role of planners and planning in communities across the U.S. Planners address both the existing and future needs of a community. Celebrate the achievements of planning during National Community Planning Month.

Great Places in America

What makes a great place? We all can think of a street, neighborhood, or public place that is unique or memorable, but what makes it special? What elements combine to produce a place that not only works for people in the community but rises far above the ordinary?

Economic Development Toolbox

This series was developed through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). As part of this joint effort, APA is releasing economic development tools and techniques as well as highlighting discussions among leaders and practitioners.

City Parks Forum

No longer seen as simply grass and trees, parks provide a multitude of benefits to their users. The City Parks Forum is about collaboration, sharing information, and exchanging ideas addressing the challenges of creating and enhancing parks.