APA Interact March 20, 2019

Enhancing the value of AICP

Glenn Larson, AICP, has served on the AICP Commission for eight years, including as AICP President in 2017 and 2018. In our blog, he reflects on the work of the Commission and the value of AICP certification. Read his perspective about where AICP must aim to continue as a leader in planning, and what opportunities and challenges lie ahead.
AICP will strengthen your organization

Research shows that 90 percent of planning employers believe it is important to support their employees' professional development. Plan for your organization's future — while demonstrating your team's credibility and commitment to ethics — by supporting AICP certification among your staff. Learn more about the value AICP-certified planners bring to your organization — public or private, large or small.
New! Get your employer's support for certification

Do you want your employer’s support for your professional goal to earn AICP certification? Our helpful leave-behind can help start the conversation about how they can support your development and, in turn, add value to your organization.
Ethics update

AICP members' commitment to ethics is more than just a pledge. The AICP Ethics Officer and AICP Ethics Committee offer informal advice to members and hear misconduct complaints from members and the general public. The newly released report detailing ethics-related activities for 2018 includes 15 misconduct cases and 135 informal inquiries.

Nearly one-third of the inquiries and misconduct cases involved issues of "Honest and Fair Dealing," one-quarter of the inquiries and complaints referenced "Conflicts of Interests," and another one-quarter mentioned "False, Deceptive, or Unsubstantiated Statements."

Read insights from AICP Ethics Officer James Peters, FAICP, on lessons learned from the 2018 ethics activity report.


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Weekend website maintenance

Beginning at 5 p.m. (CT) on Friday, March 22, until early Saturday, the APA website will undergo updates to improve functionality and service. The website will be inaccessible during that time. We appreciate your understanding.
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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.

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Be at the forefront of emerging issues and trends at NPC19, April 13–16. Register today and plan your schedule ahead of time.
Get into interactive sessions

Are you looking for challenging debates and expert-led discussions? NPC19 offers an exceptional array of game-changing sessions and events — led by career planners, developers, and consultants — to enhance your planning knowledge and expand your professional perspective.
Elevate your career

From scoring a free professional headshot to meeting (or becoming) a mentor, NPC19 has you covered when it comes to career development. See what else is in store in this year's Career Zone.
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

March 26 – "Planning for Public Art and Community Health" webinar hosted by APA (free; register) CM l 1

May 7–9, Portland, Oregon – Urbanism Next Conference, focused on harnessing technological innovations to achieve desired outcomes. Early registration ends April 2
Top tips for your next public meeting

Public meetings typically don't meet the inclusivity standards cities are striving to uphold. The March issue of Planning shares six new strategies to enliven meetings and engage hard-to-reach audiences.
From APA's Planning History Timeline

In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, which described the negative impacts of pesticides on nature. By popularizing the concept that humans can damage the environment, the book sparked interest in environmentalism and sustainability in many arenas of American life. This included the field of planning, which saw the birth of sustainable development and smart growth, and led to creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Speak (kind of) clearly

Words shape perceptions and planners must choose words carefully to convey meaning and imply recommendations. In a new "Guide for the Idealist" post, Richard Willson, FAICP, suggests what to leave out when communicating with constituents.
Working on inclusionary housing? APA can help

The Inclusionary Housing collection in APA's Research KnowledgeBase offers background insights, practical guidance, and examples of plans and regulations that illustrate how different communities structure inclusionary housing programs. Also, use the APA Learn catalog's search function to find related courses, including "Inclusionary Housing: Tales from the Front." CM l 1.5
New! NRPA awards

The National Recreation and Park Association's annual Innovation and Spotlight Awards honor the positive impacts park and recreation agencies have on their communities and showcase innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation, and social equity. Winners will be recognized at NRPA's annual conference in September. Submit nominations by March 29.
New! Preservation fellowship

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2019 Pocantico Fellowship offers a two-week summer residence at the Marcel Breuer House in New York to work on a preservation project. Apply by April 19.
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 through April 17.
There are many paths to earning CM credits

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Fulfill two-thirds of your CM credit requirements in four days at NPC19. Use the CM filter when you view the conference program to find sessions and activities offering CM credits, including law and ethics. Conference registrants also get a full year of free access to recorded sessions and their CM credits.
You can earn and self-report up to eight credits in a two-year CM reporting period for pro bono planning activities or professional development not registered with APA by the provider.

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Use the CM Search to browse educational events from nearly 300 registered providers. Filters can narrow results to just law or ethics.

Turn to APA Learn for almost 400 courses on myriad planning topics, including many that will fulfill law or ethics credit requirements. When you finish a course, log it directly and easily from APA Learn. Best of all — APA members get 50 percent off the nonmember price.
Welcome, Yaminah!

This month, we welcome Yaminah Noonoo as our new Leadership Manager, based in Chicago. Yaminah previously served as the Associate Director of Trustee and Board Engagement at the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, where she oversaw strategic interactions with trustees, volunteers, donors, and prospective donors. She also worked in career and alumni external relations at the Manchester Business School's Middle East Centre in Dubai. Yaminah holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's in Public Administration from Hamline University. We're glad to have you at APA!
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