Get Your Advocacy on at NPC17

Since the election of President Donald Trump and the start of the 115th Congress, planners have asked repeatedly what actions they can take to preserve federal programs that support local planning and decision making.

Record numbers of APA members have already joined APA’s Policy and Advocacy team in 2017 for webinars detailing the shifting political and policy environment in Washington, retweeted APA’s statement on the proposed FY 2018 budget cuts ...

... and shared their planning impact stories. Still, there is more planners can do to stand up for planning.

That’s why at NPC17 — now under way in New York City, May 6–9 — APA’s Policy and Advocacy team has prepared a suite of sessions, resources, and action items all with our most passionate planning advocates in mind.

Here’s a look at all the ways in which you can learn more — and do more — to shape federal policy outcomes through APA at NPC17.

Attend a Session

Attend one (or all) of the daily policy briefings in the APA Pavilion. From Sunday through Tuesday, join our team of policy experts for quick 15-minute mini-sessions that break down each of our three legislative priorities.

Add these times to My Schedule in your conference app:

  • Sunday, May 7, at 2:15 p.m. — Advancing policies that support inclusive growth and social equity.
  • Monday, May 8, at 11:15 a.m. — Advancing policies that encourage investment in our nation’s critical infrastructure.
  • Tuesday, May 9, at 9:15 a.m. — Advancing policies that strengthen maintain and coordinate high quality federal data.

In case you’re already booked at those times, check out @APAadvocates on Twitter. We are live streaming coverage from our daily briefings for all APA members to enjoy. 

For the planners out there eager to get a crash course in what it means to be an effective planning advocate, we’ve got you covered. Join members of APA’s Advocacy team in the APA Pavilion for your Fast Advocacy 101 training.

Add these mini-sessions to My Schedule in your conference app:

  • Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, at 1:15 p.m.

Get Social

The best way to stay on top of policy-related opportunities at the conference is to follow @APAadvocates on Twitter. We're breaking policy news you need to know now and actions you can take to shape policy outcomes right here from NPC17.

Leverage the momentum of the conference by connecting with your elected officials on social media. Share APA's legislative priorities, our newly adopted infrastructure principles, or a photo of yourself holding the Standing Up for Planning bumper sticker using hashtag #NPC17.

Tip: Not sure how to best craft your social post? Stop by the APA Pavilion. Our advocacy experts can help you get started.

Join Our Growing Grassroots Network (or Recruit a Friend)

The best way to shape federal policy outcomes through APA is by joining the Planners’ Advocacy Network, APA’s federally focused grassroots network. Only APA members can sign up to join the Network. Joining is free. Sign up with a recruitment volunteer walking around the Javits Center or stop by the policy booth in the APA Pavilion.

More than 1,300 planners have already taken the plunge. It’s your turn.

Tell Your Planning Story

The APA Pavilion has a new addition this year. For the first time ever, planners can tell their planning story on video. Use this opportunity to share how federal programs like TIGER, CDBG, and HOME have benefitted the planning work in your community. You can also tell us why you’re a planning advocate or why you attend APA’s annual Policy and Advocacy conference every September.

The recording booth is available today and tomorrow only. Professionals in the APA Pavilion will be on hand to help you record a short video.

Suggest a 2017 Great Place in America

Great Places in America is APA’s longstanding campaign to educate the public and decision makers about the value of planning. Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen firsthand how a community receiving a Great Place designation can leverage the recognition to help elected officials understand the critical role of planning — and planners — in their districts and states.

Nominate your favorite neighborhood, street, or public space in the APA Pavilion or online at

The deadline to submit a suggestion is Wednesday, May 10.

Top image: Detail of APA advocacy bumpersticker.

About the Author
Emily Pasi is APA's outreach and communications manager.

May 6, 2017

By Emily Pasi