APA Interact March 6, 2019

There's a lot to like at NPC19

NPC19 kicks off on April 13 — just 37 days from now! This year's conference features two amazing keynotes, more than 320 educational sessions in 13 tracks, 60+ mobile workshops, unlimited networking, and more. Register by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on March 13, to get the regular rate. (Prices go up on March 14.)
Put professional development on your schedule

Invest in your future! Whether you're looking for a new opportunity or building your professional network, NPC19's Career Zone will come through with helpful resources, sessions, and career-boosting activities. Review highlights and special events catered to your interests and add them to your NPC19 schedule.
Meet your next employee

Employers: Participate in NPC19's no-cost Employer Connection Job Fair to meet motivated planners from all over the country. Contact CareerServices@planning.org now to reserve space for all or part of the fair. (Saturday, April 13, in the Moscone West Exhibit Hall)
Review resumes

Share your expertise with colleagues and review resumes at the conference Resume Clinic. Sign up for a 1.5- to 3-hour reviewing session by March 11.


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Conservation bill crosses the congressional finish line

Last week, APA came one step closer to accomplishing a 2019 policy priority when the House voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the primary source of federal funding for state and local parks. The bill, which has passed both chambers of Congress and is awaiting the president's signature, also guarantees that 40 percent of program funds will go to the LWCF State Assistance Program for local parks. This is a big win for planning and park advocates who have long promoted permanent LWCF authorization. Special thanks to Planners' Advocacy Network members who called, wrote, and tweeted their elected officials in support of LWCF.


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.


The March issue of Planning zooms in on technology in the planning landscape. Read about privacy concerns within smart cities and review six new strategies to amp up your next public meeting. Plus, head over to NPC19's host city, San Francisco, to look at what's ahead for scooter-sharing programs.
Dig into downtown revitalization

Why are some cities' central business districts thriving while others struggle to attract residents and employers? Members can look for answers in the Downtown Revitalization collection in APA's Research KnowledgeBase. Free resources include background insights, practical guidance, and examples of plans and regulations that illustrate how to breathe new life into older downtowns.
"Planning for the Other Half"

When it comes to cities, women are harbingers of urban health. Where there are no women, something is wrong. This women-led course available from APA Learn explores women's key roles as decision-makers in planning, designing, and building cities where all can thrive. CM l 1.25 (members $25; nonmembers $50)
March 12 – "Planning for Pedestrian Safety: Leveraging FHWA Resources and Local Partnerships to Improve Pedestrian Crossings" webinar hosted by the Federal Highway Administration. Panelists include Sagar Shaw, AICP, PhD, manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Center (free; register) CM l 1.0

March 21 – "How Land Use and Natural Resource Regulations are Shaping the Legal Cannabis Industry" webinar hosted by the APA Planning and Law Division (registration required) CM l 1.5 | Law
Take the diversity and inclusion survey

Results of the Planning Practitioner Diversity Climate Survey will guide development of resources to promote diverse and inclusive environments where planners work and provide a benchmark for measuring progress. The survey is open through March 10.
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Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

Apply for these awards, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, by April 5.
Suggest a Great Place in America

Use our online form to suggest a 2019 Great Place in America. APA will announce this year's designees during the Planning and Advocacy Conference in September. The suggestion window is open through April 17.
National Fund for Sacred Places grants

Sacred places often shape community character and contribute to our cultural heritage. The National Fund for Sacred Places provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for congregations of all faiths. Apply for funding by May 1.
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.
2017–18 reporting cycle grace period

Do you think you might be in the grace period for the 2017–18 CM reporting cycle? Check your CM Log to confirm. If you are in the grace period, missing the April 30 deadline will cause your AICP membership to lapse and require reinstatement of your AICP credential. Avoid the hassle by earning and logging all required CM credits by April 30.
Review and close a completed cycle

Go to your CM Log to review and close a reporting cycle as soon as the cycle has ended and you have earned and recorded all the required CM credits. That will enable logging for the next reporting cycle.
Find CM-eligible training at NPC19

AICP members have the opportunity to earn 24 or more CM credits — including credits in law and ethics — at NPC19 in San Francisco. That's two-thirds of the credits required in an entire two-year reporting cycle. Register now and add your favorite CM-eligible activities to your personal conference schedule.
In memoriam

We note with sadness the death of Frank So, FAICP, on February 22. So joined the American Society of Planning Officials in 1967, and went on to spend more than 30 years with the association that eventually became APA. He served as Executive Director of APA and AICP from 1996 to 2001 and was honored for his excellence in teaching and mentoring with induction as a Fellow of AICP in 1999.
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Riverside, OH
Park Master Plan
City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
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Farmington, NM
Universal Mobility Study
City of Hastings
Hastings, NE

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March 11 – Volunteer for NPC19 Resume Clinic

March 12 – FHWA webinar

March 13 – Last day to register for NPC19 at the regular rate

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