Emerging Planners: Five Reasons to Be an Advocate

You’re just beginning your career in planning — there’s no better time to become an advocate for the issues and programs that will support your work throughout your long career.

How do you become an advocate? It’s simple. Join APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network — an APA initiative to engage planners in federal grassroots advocacy.

Here are five reasons to join the network this month:

  1. Get a bicycle lapel pin: Join now through February 9 and you’ll earn one of Rep. Blumenauer’s signature lapel pins. Bonus: you’ll have nifty swag to show off at National Planning Conference in Phoenix.
  1. Kick off the election year by taking action: The election year shifts into high gear this week with the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary. What better way to mark the occasion?
  1. Make your mark on APA’s policy and advocacy efforts: Members of the network have an opportunity to shape the direction of the association’s federal policies.
  1. Access advocacy training that can make a difference in an election year: Members of the network gain access to quarterly legislative briefings; best practices and tips for advocating in an election year — just to name a few. Becoming an advocate also affords you the opportunity to connect and network with seasoned professionals from across the country.
  1. Learn about the policy issues that affect planners: Federal policy can be a vital tool for supporting local planning that strengthens communities and provides greater access to economic and social opportunity. The network can help you to understand what these policies mean and how they impact your work locally.

Have questions about the Network? Contact APA’s Government Affairs team.

About the Author

Emily Pasi is APA's Communication and Outreach Associate.

Image: Some of the advocacy passions of attendees at the 2015 National Planning Conference in Seattle. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.

March 20, 2016

By Emily Pasi