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Resilience Roundtable: Long-Term Disaster Recovery Planning in Florida

In this episode of the Resilience Roundtable podcast series, host Jim Schwab, FAICP, speaks with Julie Dennis of OVID Solutions about her experiences working all over Florida, both as an independent consultant and as director of community development for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Throughout the episode, Julie shares invaluable insights from working in a state that's on the nation's frontlines of disaster-recovery planning.

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People Behind the Plans: Erin Aleman

In this episode of the People Behind the Plans podcast series, listeners hear from CMAP executive director Erin Aleman. Erin, the first woman and first planner to head up the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, sits down with host Courtney Kashima, AICP, to talk about how she got into planning (hint: via an eye-opening experience in college) as well as the organization's goals around resilience and inclusive growth.

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Cover to Cover: Resilience and Planning Without Zoning in Houston, Gender Mainstreaming, and More

Welcome to Cover to Cover, a new series with an insider look into the stories in APA’s Planning magazine. Each month the editors dive deeper into the topics covered in Planning, introduce listeners to some of the voices in its pages, and otherwise give planners the story behind the story. This month’s episode covers all things planning in Houston: a focus on resilience after Hurricane Harvey, a major transit initiative, a new innovation corridor, and more.

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Resilience Roundtable: Ivis Garcia Zambrana, AICP, PhD

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. Professor Ivis Garcia Zambrana, AICP, PhD, sits down with Resilience Roundtable podcast host Jim Schwab, FAICP, to discuss the aftermath of the disaster, outline plan updates that occurred postdisaster, and overall paint a portrait of a complex but thoughtful recovery process still underway.

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Resilience Roundtable: After the Camp Fire, Part II

In the first of a two-part episode, Bill Siembieda, AICP, PhD, talks with Butte County, California, planning staff about the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire — one of the deadliest and costliest wildfires in the state's history, with 85 casualties and more than 50,000 people evacuated from their homes. Part II of these conversations features Tim Snellings, director of development services for Butte County.

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APA Podcast Series

People Behind the Plans

Planners of every discipline share the impactful work they do. Led by host Courtney Kashima, AICP, these conversations illuminate the essential hows and whys of planning.

Planning the Autonomous Future

Listen to experts discuss how autonomous vehicles could (and should) fit into the public right-of-way.

Resilience Roundtable

Planners and allied professionals who make resilience their mission, even in the face of devastating natural hazards, share their stories and best practices.

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