Be an Advocate for Planning Right from Home

On Tuesday, planners from across the country will arrive at Capitol Hill to meet their lawmakers and discuss federal support for good planning in their communities as part of APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference.

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill is an important annual event that connects legislators with planners in their states and districts and promotes APA’s Legislative Priorities.

Can’t join us for Planners’ Day this year? You can still take action at home and add to the voices of planners who are speaking out for good planning.

Visit APA’s Legislative Action Center to take these actions:

  • Join APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network: Planners’ Advocacy Network (PAN) is the voice of the American Planning Association on Capitol Hill. Regardless of your advocacy experience level or your current involvement with APA, you can speak up and advance planning in Washington, D.C., and across the nation. It is free and open to all APA members. 
  • Send letters to your lawmakers based on the topics planners are raising on Capitol Hill right now: Your colleagues are discussing federal appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year, the continuation of support for federal place-based programs that promote good planning, and the importance of support for urban parks and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Letters have been pre-drafted to you to send to your members of Congress. All you need to do is add your personal story about your community and hit send.
  • Tweet about Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill and the actions you’ve taken to encourage others to do the same using #APAPAC16.

With your help, we can be one, loud voice for federal support for good planning.

About the Author

Tess Hembree is policy manager at Advocacy Associates.

Top image: U.S. Capitol by Flickr user Bill Dickinson (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

September 19, 2016

By Tess Hembree