APA Interact February 13, 2019

Shape APA policy positions

You are invited to comment on draft APA policy guides on equity, housing, and surface transportation that were developed by APA members and approved by APA's Legislative and Policy Committee. All recommended policies aim to create just, healthy, and prosperous communities that expand opportunities for all.

Download the drafts and use the associated online comment forms to offer feedback. APA will gather and share all comments with the policy guide working groups that will prepare final versions of the guides for the Delegates Assembly's consideration at NPC19.

Your participation will help ensure that APA policy guides reflect the breadth of member perspectives and move us closer to our shared vision of great communities. The comment period ends on February 28.
Watch policy making at NPC19

At this year's Delegate Assembly, chapter-appointed delegates will debate, amend, and adopt policy positions and put the finishing touches on our equity, housing, and surface transportation policy guides. All NPC19 attendees are invited to attend the assembly to observe APA policy making in action.
Ask your organization to support key programs

Although the Trump administration has yet to propose an FY 2020 budget, APA and national partners are looking ahead to key appropriations milestones. APA recently signed on to letters that urge Congress to permanently extend New Markets Tax Credits and restore funding for Community Development Block Grants. We hope your organization will join us.

NMTC attracts private investment to low-income communities and advances inclusive growth strategies, and CDBG provides critical financial support for local community development and affordable housing initiatives. Ask your organization to stand up for these successful programs. The sign-on deadline for the NMTC letter is February 15; for CDBG it is March 1.


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NPC20 (yes 20!) topic survey

APA Education appreciates your favorable responses to the tracks and topics planned for NPC19. In order to deliver consistent educational programming, we plan to maintain the tracks for NPC20. However, APA invites your suggestions for additional subjects or other ideas that you would like us to consider for next year's or later conferences. Please share your thoughts by March 6.
Thank you and farewell

As I retire this month, I want to thank all of you for your support — of both APA and me — as I came into this position from outside the planning world. Over the last five years, we have worked to increase the value of membership, facilitate collaboration, and advance our mission of building great communities for all. Membership is now around 44,000 and we emphasize being an inclusive, strategic, and agile organization.

I leave knowing that member engagement is increased and that your association staff is a wonderfully effective partner in making APA a great place. A terrific new CEO will be announced shortly, and I am sure that the great story of planning will continue to unfold in new and exciting ways.

—James M. Drinan, JD
Chief Executive Officer
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Planning and The Commissioner

In the February issue of Planning, learn how planning for music is bringing entertainment and economic growth into new "music cities" like Denver, Omaha, and Denton, Texas. The Commissioner special section reviews key components of effective comprehensive wildfire management plans.
From APA's Planning History Timeline

In 1952, Samuel J. Cullers received a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, possibly becoming the first African American to earn a graduate degree in city planning. Later, Cullers was involved in a discrimination complaint against McKinley Park Homes in Hartford, Connecticut, after his apartment rental application was rejected despite evidence that there were apartments available. He also worked as a planner in Thailand, Canada, and Chicago. Learn more planning history.
Proceed with caution or courage — or both

Every planner sometimes experiences tension between personal hopes and preferences and the constraints of planning for the common good. In a new "Guide for the Idealist" post, Richard Willson, FAICP, explores when to act boldly and when to move cautiously and trust the planning process.
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Take the diversity and inclusion survey

Results of the ongoing Planning Practitioner Diversity Climate Survey will guide development of resources to promote diverse and inclusive environments where planners work and provide a benchmark for measuring progress.
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Suggest a Great Place in America

Use our online form to suggest a 2019 Great Place in America. APA will announce this year's designees during the Planning and Advocacy Conference in September. The suggestion window is open through April 17.
Support the APA FIG

The APA Food Interest Group requests your support as it pursues status as an APA division. Consider that among life essentials — air, water, shelter, and food — only food has not been the focus of serious professional planning interest. Please add your name to their division petition and help recognize food systems planning as a core area of our profession.
Land Economics Foundation grants

The Land Economics Foundation of Lambda Alpha International invites proposals that advance the field of land economics from qualified individuals, publications, nonprofits, and institutions. Grants can be applied to planning projects and typically range from $5,000 to $30,000.
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City of Albany Department of Planning & Development
Albany, NY
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan
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Aquinnah, MA

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Images: Delegate Assembly photo by Joe Szurszewski; Cullers photo from the Center for Sacramento History.

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