Be an Advocate
Speak Up for Good Planning
APA gives you resources for advocating in your local community. Get tips and ideas for discussing planning topics with your elected representatives. Or, learn to develop and deliver positive messages to the media and strategic partners with our Communications Guide, available only to APA members.
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.Join Here
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.
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.
APA works to advance planning through the judicial process by filing amicus curiae — friend of the court — briefs in select cases of national importance.
This online, interactive guide designed to help planners develop and deliver positive values-based messages about planning and APA to targeted audiences.
The Guidebook and its accompanying User Manual are the culmination of APA's seven-year Growing Smart project.