Elected Officials Honor the Planning Profession

Elected officials from federal, state, and local governments today recognized planners and the work they do every day to create communities of lasting value. In press conferences, proclamations, and tweets, legislators reaffirmed the role of planners as absolutely integral in shaping healthy, inclusive and strong communities for the future.

Here’s a look at the elected officials honoring planning this October:

U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) issued a statement recognizing October as National Community Planning Month, and urged other members of the U.S. Congress to do the same.

In his more than 40 years of public service at the local, state and federal level, Rep. Blumenauer has been a tireless advocate for community planning. He has made a fundamental difference in improving the local and federal partnership in creating communities of lasting value.


Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) gave a shout out to the planners who made the Midtown Atlanta neighborhood what it is today: a Great Place in America.


Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially proclaims October 2016 as National Community Planning Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The proclamation celebrates the work of planning commissioners and citizen planners whose efforts improve the lives of all Virginians.


Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) joins APA in recognizing the first day of National Community Planning Month 2016.


Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Councilmember Garry Gernandt, and staff from Rep. Brad Ashford’s office joined APA President Carol Rhea, FAICP, in Omaha to announce this year’s Great Places in America. The celebration was capped off with remarks from representatives from the South Omaha Business Association, Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the South Omaha Neighborhood Association.


Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee adds his voice to the chorus of elected officials across the country by congratulating Downtown Warren on its designation as a Great Neighborhood in America.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo congratulates Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, New York, for earning the title of an APA Great Place in America.


We encourage you to invite your elected officials to publically celebrate the immeasurable value of planning in your district or state all October long. Use our National Community Planning Month Resource Hub to find sample proclamations, tweets, and press releases.

Email ncpm@planning.org with questions.

About the Author

Emily Pasi is APA's outreach and communications manager.

Top image: APA President Carol Rhea, FAICP, and members of APA's Nebraska Chapter gathered in Omaha, Nebraska, to unveil the 2016 Great Places in America at South 24th Street, one of this year's Great Streets. Photo by Don Shepard.


October 4, 2016

By Emily Pasi