Policy and Advocacy
Be an Advocate
Speak Up for Good Planning
APA gives you resources for advocating in your local community.
Our Legislative Action Center is your tool for messaging federally elected officials directly and staying up to date on the legislation important for planners.
Find the Legislative Action Center, and more, in our Advocate's Toolbox.
Impact Policy Through Advocacy
Planners' Advocacy Network
If you are an APA member, consider joining this network to engage in grassroots advocacy and:
- Influence policy makers 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
Even if you have only a few minutes a day, or an hour a week, you can volunteer to be an advocate and a member of the Network.
Sign up by visiting the Advocacy & Interests section of My APA and checking the box "Yes, Include me in the Planners' Advocacy Network."Join Here
Members of the Planners' Advocacy Network enjoy special access to this suite of tools needed to make a lasting impression on Capitol Hill, and beyond.
APA's policy guides outline official association positions representing members' collective thinking, and outline actions to improve the political environment for planning.
APA conducts national policy polls to gauge opinions and perceptions about planning and planners.
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.