Linking Arms Across Texas

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, the Texas APA began reaching out for resources to serve its communities. From those initial calls to national headquarters, volunteer planners developed a Texas-based network for information exchange and technical assistance. The Chapter dedicated a portion of its webpage to Hurricane Harvey, and conducted a survey of planners in affected communities and learned about the pressing need to connect local officials with training and recovery funds. Under the umbrella of the Texas Chapter, municipal planners, Texas Universities, and private sector consultants have donated their time to share information about educational opportunities and grants. The resources provided by APA National have been particularly valuable, with Shannon Burke and Hazards Mitigation Division Chair, Jim Schwab, providing advice and insight from the early stages of the process.  The speakers in this program will tell their own stories about how they have contributed to recovery in their communities. This session will close with a discussion of how planners from different parts of the state can bridge the distance between them and their colleagues, and contribute to the disaster recovery effort.


Session objectives include:

1. Showcase the diverse roles planners play in disaster recovery

2. Develop a model for Chapterwide volunteer efforts

3. Educate planners on the stages of disaster planning

4. Encourage the development of a statewide planning assistance program


Amanda Torres

Amanda Torres is the Community Planner for the City of Rockport, Texas. She oversees land use planning and floodplain management for her organization. Prior to becoming Community Planner in Rockport, Amanda was City Planner and Assistant to the City Manager in the City of Aransas Pass, Texas. She holds a ... Read More

Daniel McGinn

Daniel McGinn, Director of Planning and ESI for the City of Corpus Christi, has broad experience in both current and comprehensive planning efforts and is currently in process of rebuilding a long-range planning division within the City of Corpus Christi with a focus on plan implementation. Daniel has a Bachelor ... Read More

Sheri Smith

Sheri Smith is an Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in Texas Southern University. She earned her B.A. from George Washington University, a M.S. from the University of Illinois @ Champaign Urbana and her Doctorate from Texas A&M. Her research and recent ... Read More

Kim Mickelson

Kim is the Senior Ass't City Attorney for Planning and Development at the City of Houston. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the immediate past president of the Texas Chapter of APA, a member of the APA Legislative and Policy Council, the Chapter President ... Read More

Kimberly Miller

Kimberly Miller is an urban planner with public, private and non-profit experience who began her career with the City of Austin, managing the early stages of the Mueller Austin project. Her practice includes disaster recovery and response efforts following September 11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike. Miller provides traditional planning ... Read More

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