Policy and Advocacy

Policy and Advocacy Networks

Planners’ Advocacy Network

If you are an APA member, consider joining this network to engage in grassroots advocacy and:

  • Influence policymakers on key issues affecting planners
  • Shape APA’s policy and advocacy work
  • Gain access to special events, reports, training and assistance
  • Receive policy event discounts
  • Participate in local events
  • Take advantage of leadership opportunities

Even if you have only a few minutes a day, or an hour a week, you can volunteer to be an advocate and member of the advocacy network. Sign up by visiting MyAPA and updating your membership information. 

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Legislative Action Center

Send action alerts, find and contact your elected officials, and track state and federal legislation. Access the directory to connect with APA state chairs and district captains to learn more about federal and state legislation, and how to get involved.

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Policy Issues

View APA’s policy guides outlining official association positions representing members’ collective thinking, and actions to improve the political environment for planning.

APA conducts national policy polls to gauge opinions and perceptions about planning and planners. APA's survey of millennials and baby boomers dispels popular assumptions on how to improve local economies and attract new residents.

Each year, APA adopts a slate of legislative priorities to advance planning.

Members Only: Access this webinar for updates on federal appropriations for planning programs and tips on preparing for state legislative sessions.

Amicus Briefs and Amicus Curiae Committee

APA files amicus curiae — friend of the court — briefs in selected cases of national importance.

Policy Blog