Advocates in Action at NPC

Advocates for planning were very busy at this year’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix. Taking action on APA’s top priorities, emerging and seasoned professionals alike helped shape the direction of APA’s policies around building healthy, just and strong communities.

Here’s a snapshot of how advocates took action during NPC:

  • 85 new recruits joined the Planners’ Advocacy Network — APA’s grassroots network that provides a way for planners to engage on federal issues and connect them with their legislators.
  • At the Delegate Assembly, APA members adopted two new policy guides — one  on water and one on freight — with amendments. Policy guides represent our association’s positions and members’ collective thinking on a wide range of issues. Led by Legislative and Policy Committee, the policy guide process thoroughly incorporates input from chapters and divisions.
  • For the first time, members had the opportunity to tell policy staff what the policy issues are in their state and how we can help support their state’s efforts.


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Look for more detailed posts in the coming weeks about the outcomes of these actions in building healthy, just, and strong communities. We’re proud to have advocates that are shaping policy across the country. Thanks for all you do!


About the Author

Emily Pasi is APA's communications and outreach associate. 


Image:  Planners from across the country joined the Planners' Advocacy Network at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix. Photo by Emily Pasi.


April 12, 2016

By Emily Pasi