Trevor, who is Director of Development Strategy and Facilitation in Aurora, Illinois, talks about the city's revitalization of Fox Valley Mall — part of Illinois's second-biggest retail hub — and plans for a downtown International Marketplace District that will offer inclusive space for all residents. He praises the city's diverse workforce and his staff's efforts to hear every resident's voice as they work to make positive change.
Marccus Hendricks is an assistant professor of Urban Studies and Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland. His research and practice are rooted in environmental justice and how infrastructure, environmental outcomes, and neighborhood forces interact to affect everyday life. Read more Planner Profiles.
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The APA 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference Collection includes five timely, expert-led courses: Federal Resiliency and Hazard Policy; New Policy Frontiers for AVs and Smart Cities; Planning Home: Finance, Funding, and Inclusive Growth; Planning Home: Local Innovation; and Planning Home: State Housing Reform. CMl 4.25 l (includes 1.50 Law)
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson created the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a cabinet-level agency. Robert C. Weaver, the first HUD secretary, was also the first African American ever appointed to a cabinet position. HUD's mission is to ensure equal access to housing and community-based employment opportunities and to fund new housing, public housing, and housing rehabilitation projects. The department also insures mortgages, protects consumers, and finances planning projects.
In 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at a rally in Soldier Field in Chicago in support of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The movement was aimed at eliminating racially discriminatory practices in the city, including housing issues like mortgage and loan discrimination. The next day, King presented a list of demands to Mayor Richard J. Daley, who was hostile to the movement. Daley eventually agreed to collaborate on an open-housing agreement, which is considered a forerunner to the Civil Rights Act of 1968, but King continually criticized Daley for not acting on the agreement.
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NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE
Sign up now for education, inspiration, and networking at NPC19, April 13–16 in San Francisco. Regular pricing is in effect through March 13.
Get out of the NPC19 conference center by joining orientation tours and mobile workshops, participating in fitness activities, and much more. We can help you choose! Check out Your Top 7 Can't-Miss Activities at NPC19 and add some to your schedule today (before they sell out).
Share your expertise with colleagues by reviewing resumes at the NPC19 Resume Clinic. Each review takes about 20 minutes, and volunteer reviewers sign up for 1.5- to 3-hour sessions. Last year, volunteers helped hundreds of planners at this popular career clinic. The sign-up deadline is extended to March 11.
Earlier this month, APA leaders convened in Savannah for their annual winter retreat. The APA Board and AICP Commission reviewed a prioritized list of strategic issues facing the association and the planning profession. Both bodies will apply a knowledge-based governing process to vet and discuss these issues in detail at future meetings.
Leaders reviewed the Education Blueprint and will proceed with its recommendations. The Social Equity Task Force and leaders of APA components highlighted activities related to the association's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
Identified items in APA's Development Plan as "strategic" or "operational." The Board will focus on strategic items while many of the operational items will be addressed by APA staff.
Formed a new work group on infrastructure that will explore how APA can influence infrastructure investments in all communities, with special consideration given to the types, amounts, and locations of investments.
Approved updated criteria for certification, which is laid out in the AICP application. These criteria will be outlined in the application for individuals who intend to sit for the November 2019 AICP Certification Exam. A revised AICP Guide, Part 1 will help individual planners understand how their experience relates to certification criteria.
Reviewed a draft paper on how the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct could most effectively address planning's professional ethics and equity challenges and opportunities. The Commission will review the completed paper in September. Later, a task force will recommend changes to the code, based on the Commission's direction, that will be subject to a comment period open to all APA members.
Results of the 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. The survey is open through March 10.
Apply for these awards, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, by April 5.
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.
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.
Q: What reporting period am I in? What's my deadline for logging CM credits?
A: Your CM log always has up-to-date information about your reporting period. When you open your log the reporting period — including begin and end dates — appears near the top, below your name. Need help? Contact a CM customer service associate