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Kansas APA Spring Symposium

Sustainability — Doing it the Kansas way

Friday, March 28, 2014
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Eldridge Hotel
701 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, Kansas

$35 for professionals, $25 for students.

Register by e-mail to Erin Ollig by Tuesday, March 25. Payment by check or cash at the door made payable to KS Chapter American Planning Association. Pay by credit card via PayPal for small additional fee (contact Erin Ollig for details).

Erin Ollig

Lunch provided — make sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Spring Symposium Flyer (pdf)

Spring Symposium Session Descriptions (pdf)

Governor of Kansas Signs NCPM Proclamation

Sara Copeland, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, Annie Driver, Erin Ollig

From left: Sara Copeland, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, Annie Driver, Erin Ollig.

National Community Planning Month

Dear Planning Director,

As you know, October is National Community Planning Month. APA-Kansas plans to celebrate NCPM at the Kansas Planning Conference in Manhattan and we hope that you'll join us there (please share the attached flier with your staff). We would also like to work with you and your staff on celebrations around the state during October. Whether you celebrate National Community Planning Month with a department open house, a developers forum, a walking tour of your downtown or a historic neighborhood, or a presentation at a local school, APA-Kansas would like to know about your celebrations and coordinate with you.

To assist in this goal, I am forming a National Community Planning Month Committee to work together on planning celebrations and to share ideas and resources. I am writing to ask you to designate a planner on your staff for this committee. I don't anticipate this committee to be a big time commitment; the goal is to bring together planners to share ideas and coordinate efforts.  APA-Kansas will also publicize the NCPM celebrations happening around the state.

APA has an informative website on NCPM activities. If you have further questions about our NCPM planning in Kansas, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding whom from your city I can work with on this effort.


Sara K. Copeland, AICP
APA-Kansas Chapter President

New Web-based CM Opportunity

The APA-Kansas Executive Committee is pleased to announce a new professional development opportunity available to all APA-Kansas members. APA-Kansas has joined a group of other APA chapters, divisions, and universities to offer a series of FREE webinars on planning topics. These webcasts are available from the comfort of your own office or anywhere else you can access the internet.  While each webinar offers CM credits, non-AICP members will also be interested in many of these topics.

You can review the schedule for upcoming webcasts, learn more about the webcast series, and register for sessions online at http://www.utah-apa.org/webcasts.htm

Social Networking

For those KS APA members who belong to either of the social networking websites Linked In or Facebook, the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association now has group pages as a means of encouraging discussion and interaction among planners in Kansas.

Tweet with KS APA on Twitter


October is designated as Community Planning Month

This is the time to highlight the role and importance of planning in all your communities, whether urban, suburban, or rural. The Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association encourages all its communities to proclaim October as Community Planning Month.

The American Planning Association website offers several ideas, and includes a sample proclamation, you can use to showcase planning examples in your community and promote the role of planners and planning commissioners. If you are interested in helping us to plan Community Planning Month activities in your area, please let us know. We would love to have your help! Contact Sara Copeland at scopeland@ourplanningworks.com if you are interested in serving on a committee.

Governor Parkinson signs proclamation

Governor Parkinson of Kansas declares October as National Community Planning Month.

View proclamation (pdf)