Career Reality Webinars: City Manager Versus City Planner Skillsets Discussion

American Planning Association


Wednesday, August 10, 2016
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CDT

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Planners and city managers cross paths all the time. Some of them even find themselves doing a little bit of both. MPA vs. MUP, ICMA vs. APA. Our experts will tackle what skills are needed in both professions to be most effective and explore the importance of role definition and communication when working side by side.

You'll learn:

  • What are the differences between the city manager and city planner?
  • What are the skill sets that differentiate each role?  
  • How to improve communication that leads to more productive relationships.
  • Sorting out difficulties when projects, roles, and responsibilities overlap.

In this interactive session, participants are encouraged to asked questions from the panelists to learn more about career paths, roles and responsibilities.

Registration and Pricing

This webinar is available to APA members at no cost, but registration is required. Register using the button at the bottom of this page.


Aimee Nassif, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Aimee Nassif is the Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Olathe and has over 20 years of public service experience. Through her work with the City, she oversees both current and long range planning including plan review, zoning enforcement, zoning map amendments, permitting, budgets, and updates to ... Read More

Drew Awsumb, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Drew Awsumb is currently the Deputy Director of Community Development for the City of Highland Park, Illinois and previously worked in city management for ten years, mostly recently serving as the City Administrator in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Prior municipal roles in the Chicago and St. Louis metropolitan areas included duties ... Read More