APA Interact April 17, 2019

NPC19 by the numbers

From record-breaking attendance to worldwide trending on social media on opening day, NPC19 was one for the books. How many came? From where? Check out the impressive numbers tallied at this year's premier planning event.
What planners love about San Francisco

In mobile workshops and after conference hours, NPC attendees traveled through and around our host city. Browse through some of their social media posts to see where they went and what they loved most about San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Congratulations to award recipients!

This year's Awards Luncheon honored not only recipients of the 2019 National Planning Excellence Awards and Achievement Awards, but also Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, and Student Project Award recipients.
  • The APA Texas Chapter received the CPC's Karen B. Smith Award for Overall Chapter Achievement for its quality work, relevance, originality, significance, and resourcefulness.
  • The APA International Division received the DC's award for Contributions to the Planning Profession for a survey that raised awareness of resources to promote age-friendly planning.
  • Students and faculty from The Ohio State University received the Outstanding Student Project Award for their project on planning for and with adults with autism.
Student winners

The 2019 APA Student Design Competition, cosponsored by the Divisions Council and the Student Representatives Council, addressed the issue of providing inclusive, affordable housing in San Francisco's Fruitvale neighborhood. Finalist teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cornell University were selected to present their projects to a jury of planners at NPC19.

The Cornell team's winning project proposed a communications campaign that would help community organizations, businesses, and residents understand the many existing programs and tools available to address housing affordability. A toolkit would include affordable, pre-approved designs for accessory dwelling units, increasing the amount of available housing while maintaining the neighborhood culture and character. Team members pictured below (from left) are: Jeanette Petti, Dylan Stevenson, and Kevin Kim. Not pictured: Lera Covington.
Posters by student and other members were displayed throughout NPC19 and attendees were encouraged to vote for their favorite student poster in each conference track. Meet the winners.
Thanks from the APA Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of APA leaders and NPC19 attendees, the APA Foundation exceeded the $20,000 conference fundraising challenge issued by APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP.

Donor contributions support Foundation programs that provide scholarships to make the planning profession more accessible, planning assistance for resource-limited and disaster-affected communities, and research that equips planners to help communities plan for the future.
What did you think of NPC19

APA thanks every attendee for a great National Planning Conference. Now we want to know what you think. A post-conference survey is headed to your inbox today. Please open the email, complete the survey, and share your conference experiences. APA needs your feedback as we strive to make NPC better every year.
Up next: NPC20

We want to hear from you! Be an instrumental part of next year's conference — NPC20 in Houston — by volunteering to review session proposals. This opportunity to shape planning's premier educational event is open until May 1.

And, if you have a great idea for an NPC20 session, start prepping now. The proposal submission period for next year's conference will be open May 31–July 1.


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APA advances policy guides on equity, housing, and surface transportation

APA members made history at the NPC19 Delegate Assembly when they moved one step closer to final approval on policy guides for equity, housing, and surface transportation. More than 100 delegates representing APA's 47 chapters debated and amended the policy statements that form our association's official legislative policy positions on key planning issues. Positions on equity adopted at Sunday's Delegate Assembly are APA's first and represent years of member engagement. We thank all the members who helped us reach this major milestone. The final step will be approval by the Board of Directors.


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Shape planning research

Help the APA Foundation's signature research effort, FutureShape, as it develops a research agenda for the planning profession. The agenda will guide research activities worldwide for that can be used by funders, researchers, and others to provide planners with evidence-backed tools and resources. Help prioritize research topics by completing the FutureShape survey by April 29.
Throw your hat into the ring

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.
Great Places nominations close today

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 we all work together toward one goal. Nominations close today.
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May 7–9, Portland, Oregon — Urbanism Next Conference. APA is a conference partner.
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"Affordable Housing Series"
Learn from planners, developers, and architects about the ins and outs of affordable housing. Take away action items you can use within your own community. CM | 1.5
Art in public places

Forecast Public Art and APA have partnered 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.
Student writing competition

The APA Planning and Law Division is accepting applications for the 2019 Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. Submit entries by June 7.
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.
Sign off and close your 2017-18 CM log

If you are in the 2017–18 CM reporting cycle and have logged all required credits, your CM Log will show the option to Review and Sign Off. Please follow the instructions to review and close the reporting cycle. This will allow you to start logging credits for the 2019–20 reporting period.
CM reporting cycles, explained

There are a pair of two-year CM reporting cycles and every AICP member is in one or the other. Determining which one you're in is easy. Open your CM Log — you'll see your reporting cycle's begin and end dates right at the top. Need help? Contact a CM customer service associate at AICPCM@planning.org.
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