Leveraging Planning Month

Educate, Advocate, Celebrate

Planning Month is your chance to raise the visibility of planning, the planning profession, and to highlight the positive impact it has on your community. It is also an opportunity to share your stories with your appointed and elected officials to reinforce the importance of planning in your community.

Get ready for October by watching our short Planning Month primer:

Spread the Word

We've put together multiple resources for your use.

  • Facebook cover image
  • Twitter cover image
  • Shareable image for any social media
  • Leaderboard and box ads
  • Great Places in America logo
  • Key messages
  • and MORE!

Download Toolkit



Use these step-by-step advocacy guides to plan a site visit or schedule meetings with elected officials. 

Advocates' Toolbox

Great Places in America

There are 290 with at least one in every state. Plan a walking tour or set up a planning information booth at the next community event scheduled in your Great Neighborhood, Great Street, or Great Public Space.

Story Map

Use the ESRI map in your in-district meetings with elected officials to highlight state and nationwide success stories.

Great Places in America Story Map

Communications Guide

For APA Members Only

Get tips and techniques for creating, targeting, and reaching the media and target audiences.

Planners' Communications Guide


Embed these videos on your website, in social posts, or in your newsletter in the weeks leading up to or during Planning Month.

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