APA 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference

Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill

Standing Up for Planning Has Never Been So Important

Planners are primed to play an essential role in the recovery and reinvention of communities amidst the pandemic. This is your moment to share stories from your community and tell federal leaders what you need to get the job done. Planners' Day on Capitol Hill is an empowering experience like no other where APA brings you into the conversation with members of Congress.

This is an opportunity to be in the (metaphorical) room where it happens and to have a seat at the table. Planning is critical to recovery and this is a day to lift those stories up for your community!


What Is Planners' Day on Capitol Hill?

This virtual event is a series of meetings with your congressional offices. APA arranges time for participants to have meaningful conversations, in small groups, with legislators and their staff about critical planning issues and the federal support planners need to create equitable, prosperous communities.


APA provides several training opportunities for this meeting before and during the Policy and Advocacy Conference. Our knowledgeable policy staff and experienced advocates will be on hand to workshop talking points so you are prepared to advocate for planning.

I'm Ready! How Do I Get Started?

  1. When registering for the conference, check "yes" for participation in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill and answer the subsequent questions regarding addresses. This is how we hook you up with the correct congressional offices. Already registered? Let us know you want to participate.
  2. APA will schedule meetings for you with your representative and senators. We do our best to accommodate schedules. A majority of meetings will be scheduled for the afternoon of September 23 (ET).
  3. Look for pre-conference training opportunities. APA will send out communications ahead of the conference with options to participate in training on what issues are at play, our positions, and what you need to know to have an effective meeting with legislators and their staff.
  4. Prepare your local stories. This is your opportunity to identify a planning story from your state that will resonate with your legislators.