It's National Community Development Week, when we focus support on programs like Community Development Block Grants, the HOME Investment Partnership Program, and Choice Neighborhoods that fund affordable housing options that work for everyone. Join APA in urging Congress to not just restore, but increase federal funding for programs that make a critical difference in planning to address America's housing crisis.
"Planning Home: Finance, Funding & Inclusive Growth"
Learn about financing tools that local, state, and federal policy makers can leverage to address America's housing crisis. This is one of three courses that spotlight housing in APA's 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference Collection. CM |4.25 (collection)
Earn a Penn State degree in Community and Economic Development
Learn how to navigate the complexities of communities and community organizations to inspire positive changes on local, regional, and national levels with a Penn State degree. Complete your course work online, studying where and when you want. Request a brochure and get started today.
Were you with us in San Francisco? Thanks for a great conference! Every attendee received a post-conference survey a few days ago. Please open the email, complete the survey, and share your conference experiences by April 30. Member feedback helps APA make NPC better every year.
Access to NPC19 sessions
NPC19 registrants are entitled to a full year of free access to all recorded conference sessions. Presentations will be available via APA Learn in late fall, and the year of access will begin on the day they are posted. Watch your email and future issues of Interact for the launch date.
Building bridges, connecting communities
NPC19 honored this year's award recipients, including the Northeast False Creek Plan from Vancouver, British Columbia, which received the Pierre L'Enfant International Planning Award. The 20-year plan adopted in February 2018 calls for replacing aging viaducts with a mixed-use development and reconnecting the community to the waterfront. What began as a simple infrastructure project has evolved into a once-in-a-generation opportunity for reconciliation, cultural redress, and community reconnection.
Get your headshot
If you visited APA's headshot station in the Career Zone at NPC19, the card you received from the photographer has instructions for retrieving your photo. Can't find the card? Go to www.thephotogroup.com and enter access code "APA0419." Narrow your search by group number (if you remember it) or day. Thanks for stopping by!
Help shape the NPC20 educational program by reviewing session proposals. Volunteer for this key role in next year's conference by May 1.
Do you have an idea for an NPC20 session? We'd love to hear it! APA will accept proposals online from May 31 to July 1.
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.
Last call for leadership nominations
Candidates are needed for positions on the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Student Representatives Council Executive Committee, and in many chapters and divisions. Elected leaders identify big-picture initiatives and priorities, making this an opportunity for you to influence APA and the planning profession.
Leadership nominations and elections are an opportunity for APA and APA members to increase leader diversity as part of our commitment to better reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We invite interested members of all backgrounds to respond to this call for nominations, and especially encourage nomination of members from underrepresented populations. Submit nomination materials today, April 24, by 11:59 p.m. (CT).
APA Board of Directors actions
The APA Board of Directors, the AICP Commission, and leaders of all component groups met during NPC19 in San Francisco. The Board's official actions included:
adopting recommendations of the Social Equity Task Force to help APA and members better address social equity in their practice; and
adopting a new Education Blueprint to guide the development of APA educational programs.
April 25 — "Go Green with GASB 62!" webinar sponsored by the Planning Information Exchange (free; register) CM |1.5
In 2018, the Street Air Project received an APA National Planning Achievement Award for its study of air pollution along a busy San Francisco thoroughfare lined with outdoor eateries. Catch up on their research and learn about simple design changes that could make urban al fresco dining notably safer and more enjoyable.
Weigh into FutureShape
Help the APA Foundation develop a research agenda for the planning profession. The FutureShape framework will guide funders, researchers, and others in worldwide research activities to provide planners with evidence-backed tools and resources. Take part in prioritizing research topics by completing the FutureShape survey by May 15.