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To build a stronger community, you need the right tools. APA members and PAS subscribers get a well-stocked toolbox of digital access to:

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Organizations that subscribe to PAS get full access for staff members to the digital suite of PAS Reports, PAS Memo, PAS QuickNotes, and APA's Research KnowledgeBase. APA members also have online access to PAS publications and the Research KnowledgeBase.

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PAS Reports

Cover of PAS Report 607, Strategic Planning for Communities and Organizations.

Practical Guides for Practicing Planners

PAS Reports deliver authoritative guidance on trending issues and practices. APA members and PAS subscribers can download each new report as it is posted and can access the digital archive of more than 100 reports.

Strategic Planning for Communities and Organizations, the latest PAS Report, offers guidance to practitioners in applying this faster, quicker, cheaper approach to planning practice.

PAS Memo

Cover of PAS Memo 120: Implementation Project Assessment: A New Tool for Implementing Community Plans

Best Shoptalk Around

What's working in communities like yours? These practice-focused articles bring you actionable information from planners around the country facing the same challenges you are. APA members and PAS subscribers are connected to an archive of previous issues.

Read "Implementation Project Assessment: A New Tool for Implementing Community Plans," the latest PAS Memo, to learn how to move successfully from planning to implementation and help deliver lasting improvements to your community.

PAS QuickNotes

Cover of PAS QuickNotes 106: Managed Retreat.

Handy Handouts on Hot Topics

Bite-size backgrounders covering important planning issues and emerging trends for a fast basic understanding. Ideal for practicing planners to familiarize themselves with important topics and future-focused tools.

"Managed Retreat," the latest PAS QuickNotes, explores managed retreat as an effective but contentious climate adaptation and risk management strategy for communities.

Research KnowledgeBase

Conflict Management in Planning

The Library of Everything Planning

Curated, searchable collections of topically related resources, both APA and non-APA. Find reports, articles, sample plans and regulations, and a wide range of other resources on 70 planning topics and counting.

"Conflict Management in Planning," the latest Research KnowledgeBase Collection, offers dozens of resources exploring conflict management principles, the roles planners play in managing conflict, and specific tools and techniques planners can apply in their work.