APA Interact April 10, 2019

NPC19 starts Saturday!

If you're signed up, great! We hope you're packed and geared up for a great conference in San Francisco!

If you want to attend but haven't signed up yet, you can register online now or at Moscone West beginning Friday at 1 p.m. and throughout the conference.
If you can't attend, keep up with the action using #NPC19 on social media, follow our blog for live coverage, and keep your eye on our website home page.
Get the app

The NPC19 app is now available for iOS and Android. You'll need it on site, so take a minute to download it now. You can browse the program, edit your schedule, contact other attendees, add personal meetings, and much more.
Plan4Equity Forum

The APA Diversity Committee, Social Equity Task Force, Planning for Equity Policy Guide Working Group, and other partners organized Sunday afternoon's Plan4Equity Forum so attendees can learn firsthand about APA's ongoing efforts and progress toward addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion within and outside the planning profession. In facilitated roundtable discussions, participants will consider both obstacles and opportunities. Workshop contributors will recommend additional steps and new approaches as APA works to advance and implement its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the Planning for Equity Policy Guide, and other related efforts. CM | 2.50
Equity, diversity and inclusion at APA

The Plan4Equity Forum is representative of APA's commitment to and ongoing efforts to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion. APA believes that achieving this cultural shift is an evolutionary process that must reflect planners' responsibility for serving diverse populations and creating better, more inclusive communities.
"NPC is my favorite event of the year."

So says former APA staff member John Reinhardt, AICP. In an essay originally posted on LinkedIn, John expresses his love for planning, his fondness for NPC, and the satisfaction he gets from serving on the NPC planning committee.
Planning and public art partners

Stop by Forecast Public Art's booth in the NPC19 Exhibit Hall to learn about their partnership with APA to release materials that equip planners to successfully integrate planning and public art. Resources available now include two online courses, "Spaces, Places, and Public Art," and "Public Art and Healthy Communities," and a recent issue of PAS QuickNotes.
Brett Culp will close

Filmmaker Brett Culp will deliver Tuesday's closing keynote address. Culp founded the nonprofit Rising Heroes Project, which supports charitable organizations and empowers community leaders around the world. Passionate, energetic, and engaging, Culp will send you home ready to focus on community building and public involvement. CM | 1.0
Leadership meetings

APA leadership groups, including the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, and Student Representatives Council Executive Committee will conduct business meetings during NPC19. All meeting agendas are posted on our website.
Attention: AICP members

You can fulfill two-thirds of your CM credit requirements at NPC19. Filter the conference program to find sessions and activities offering CM credits, including law and ethics.

If you are in the grace period for the 2017–18 CM reporting cycle, be proactive and log your credits well before the grace period ends on April 30. If you attend NPC19, log credits right away using the mobile app or on the APA website.
Be part of NPC20

It's not too early to start thinking about next year's conference! You could shape NPC20 in Houston by reviewing educational session proposals. Volunteer to be an NPC20 peer reviewer by noon (CT) on May 1.


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Suggest a Great Place in America

APA designation as one of the Great Places in America gives elected officials, business leaders, community members, and planners the opportunity to celebrate positive transformations that occur when all work together toward one goal. Nominate your Great Place by April 17.
Leaders needed

Make your mark on APA by serving on the Board of Directors, AICP Commission, or Student Representatives Council, or as a chapter or division leader. Check now on open positions, eligibility, and election procedures; for more information, email getinvolved@planning.org. Nominations are open through April 24.


Shaped by play
At Landscape Structures, we believe playstructures should complement their surroundings. But more than that, they should complement childhood. Every aesthetic choice is also backed by evidence to challenge, excite, and energize kids of all abilities. Because better play shapes kids into better adults. Watch our video.

APA Learn featured course

"Evolution of Inclusivity in Planning Projects"
Learn how inclusivity in planning has emerged over time and how changing demographics are shaping the practice. Pick up techniques for achieving inclusivity in communities. CM | 1.0
Help with housing data

Despite housing's importance as a core component of our communities, many places assess their housing stock only on a development-by-development basis or in response to funding requirements such as consolidated planning for HUD. Local government staff often find housing data inaccessible or are challenged to combine estimates and information from multiple databases.

PAS Memo offers a guide to the most important, publicly available housing data sources for planners. The two-part series, "Data-Driven Housing Assessments and Action Plans" first offers background and then outlines techniques municipalities can use to set goals, inform policymakers, and develop or assess programs.

Part 1: The Data

Part 2: Analytical Techniques and Taking Action
Build career resilience

Although work-related obstacles and ordeals are inevitable, managing them successfully can help you be a more resilient professional. A new post from Guide for the Idealist Richard Willson, FAICP, offers tips for developing career resilience.
Apartments in the Suburbs

Between 1959 and 1964, the proportion of apartments in new U.S. housing starts doubled. In many suburban areas, officials were unprepared to regulate these new uses and single-family homeowners resisted multifamily development. This historic PAS report offered cost-revenue studies as a tool for debunking anti-apartment NIMBY arguments and suggested ways to craft regulations that address livability and land-use intensity. The report also reviewed the Federal Housing Administration's sophisticated new "Land Use Intensity Ratings."
Free report on health equity

A new report from ChangeLab Solutions, "A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy," presents the next generation of legal and policy strategies and best practices to help policy makers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes, especially at the local level. Download it free.
Serve on the PIE advisory committee

Planners working in hazard mitigation and floodplain management are invited to volunteer to serve on the Planning Information Exchange advisory committee. AICP members who serve are eligible for CM credit. Interested? Complete a brief survey by April 13.
ACHP/HUD Preservation Award

Submit nominations for the 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award through April 30. The award honors successful historic preservation efforts with affordable housing and community revitalization.
May 7 – 9, Portland, Oregon — Urbanism Next Conference. APA is a conference partner. Early registration is extended to April 12.
New staff join accounting and research

Marco Carating has joined APA as a Senior Accountant with responsibility for reconciliations, financial reporting, reviewing and improving accounting procedures, and more.

In our Research Department, new deputy director Petra Hurtado, PhD, will be responsible for department administration, sponsored research projects, and support for strategic development of research programs and initiatives.

Both Marco and Petra work in APA's Chicago office. Welcome!
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Encinitas, CA
Great Streets Project
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
St. Louis, MO
Affordable Housing Coordinated Action Plan
City of Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
Zoning Ordinance Rewrite and Digitization
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Martinsburg, WV

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April 12 – Early registration for Urbanism Next conference

April 13 – Volunteer for the PIE Advisory Committee

April 13–16 – 2019 National Planning Conference

April 17 – Suggest a 2019 Great Place in America

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