New Book Boosts Healthy Neighborhoods

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Building a bridge to healthy neighborhoods

Creating Healthy  NeighborhoodsWhat does it take to make a healthy community? The new Planners Press book, Creating Healthy Neighborhoods, bridges the gap between research and implementation, presenting a new way of thinking about what makes a healthy place and how to achieve it.

Authors Ann Forsyth, Emily Salomon, and Laura Smead — all Harvard scholars — include 80 practical steps to start communities off on a healthy path. Now available from APA Books in paperback and e-book formats.

Going to NPC17 in New York City? Learn directly from the authors at their Saturday afternoon session. CM I 1.25

Call for leadership nominations

Paige PeltzerNeeded: Passionate, dedicated leaders to serve on the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Student Representatives Council Executive Committee, and in many chapters and divisions. Nominations for potential candidacy in APA's consolidated elections are open through May 15. Learn all about open positions, eligibility, and the election process here. Questions? Email

Learn more about serving on the SRC Executive Committee from Region 1 representative Paige Peltzer, interviewed in Inside Look: A Conversation With APA Student Leaders.

APA staff news

This month, APA welcomes new Government Affairs Associate Trevor Grady and Accounting Manager Elizabeth Howard, and congratulates longtime staffer Ann Dillemuth, AICP, on her promotion to Senior Research Associate.

Division awards

Kudos to the divisions and individuals recognized as winners of the 2017 Divisions Council Awards.


University of Washington Online Master's in Infrastructure Planning

Lead the next generation of urban thinkers, planners and innovators shaping how critical infrastructure contributes to improved quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world. Learn skills necessary to ensure infrastructure systems are more resilient, secure and accessible. This two-year online program is offered by the UW Department of Urban Design & Planning. Learn more and apply to start this fall.


Planning commissioners invited

Are you a planning commissioner or elected or appointed official? Join APA at NPC17, May 6-9, in New York City. You'll learn how to serve your community better at commissioner-focused educational sessions and meet peers from near and far at a commissioners' networking breakfast. Planners and other non-commissioner members — please pass on APA's special conference invitation to your commissioner colleagues.

Register now for NPC17.

Feel the impact of NPC ...

Matthew Nahrstedt and Kurt Christiansen"Incredible." That's how member Matthew Nahrstedt describes the impact of a connection he made through APA's Mentor Match program at NPC16 in Phoenix, which led to him finding his future employer.

Read Matthew's NPC Impact Story.

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What to look for in the president's proposed budget

President Trump's highly anticipated "skinny" budget proposal is expected to be introduced to Congress tomorrow. It will likely include top-line numbers for federal departments and agencies and provide insight into programs the president proposes to cut.

APA previously reported that key HUD programs, including CDBG and HOME, may be eliminated. Such actions are unacceptable and would devastate key planning programs and the communities they support. Other domestic programs that are likely to be cut include TIGER and Choice Neighborhoods. We'll also be looking closely at EPA budget numbers.

This is just the first step in a long process led by Congress. In the coming weeks and months, APA will keep you up to date on the federal budget process and ask you to speak up in support of programs important to you and your communities. In the meantime, we suggest four ways to voice your support for key transportation and community development programs.

Watch @APAadvocates on Twitter and APA's policy webpages for our budget analysis. Join the Planners' Advocacy Network for exclusive tips, training, and tools — including an upcoming budget webinar.



APA President urges Congress to include infrastructure principles

Earlier this week, APA President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, sent a letter to all congressional offices — including key members of the Senate Appropriation's Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development subcommittee — urging them to craft infrastructure legislation that reflects APA's infrastructure principles. Last month, Bowen similarly introduced our top legislative priorities to Congress.


LearnMarch 23 – "Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations" webinar, hosted by the Planning Information Exchange. CM I 1 (free)

March 24, Chicago – ASA/APA Summit on Livable Communities, "Planners & Aging Network Professionals Working Together to Plan Livable Communities for All Ages" CM I 4

March 29 – "Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho" webinar hosted by APA and the National Physical Activity Society CM I 1 (free)

April 7 – "Careers in Transportation Planning," next in the Career Reality Webinars series, co-sponsored by the APA Transportation Planning Division (free; APA members only)


Water resources roundup

In response to the growing challenges posed by aging infrastructure, severe weather, and environmental concerns, APA's Emily Pasi pulled together a helpful listing of APA water planning resources. Contents include info on an NPC17 track, "From Climate Change to Resilience."

Free “green paper” on green infrastructure planning

wordcloudForests provide a wide range of environmental, economic, and social benefits that can create more resilient landscapes and communities, but they are troubled by development pressure, invasive species, and climate change. APA is working with the U.S. Forest Service to understand regional green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale. Download APA's recent "green paper" that examines needs, opportunities, and challenges posed by development in the wildland-urban interface.

Ethical guidance for tough decisions

Making an ethical judgment may require a conscientious balancing based on the facts and context of a particular situation. The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct provides guidance for correct behavior as Rick Willson, FAICP, points out in the latest installment of A Guide for the Idealist.


APA Economic Development Division award

Apply for the Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award by March 24.

Great Places in America

Nominate streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces for 2017 designation by May 10.



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