APA Interact March 27, 2019

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USC receives Outstanding PSO Award

Congratulations to the University of Southern California Associated Students of Planning and Development, winner of this year's Outstanding Planning Student Organization Award. This annual award is one way APA celebrates the creative ideas and successful activities of student members.

ASPD gives USC's urban planning students a formal space to organize and promote academic and professional development opportunities. The group will use APA's cash prize to offer scholarships, support student travel to APA conferences, and more. Honorable mention goes to the Urban Planning Student Association at the University of Michigan.
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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.

Countdown to NPC19

In 16 days you could be in San Francisco at NPC19! Register today and get ready to connect and learn with planners gathered from across the country.
Sign up now for professional institutes

Do you lead a planning agency or manage a planning staff? Make a "plan for you" and sign up for the intensive, full-day Planning Leadership Institute or Planning Management Institute. Faculty will tailor content to participants' needs and backgrounds, so add an institute to your NPC19 schedule by April 9.
Vijay Gupta will set the tone

APA is proud to start NPC19 with a speaker who embodies our mission of "Creating Great Communities for All." Vijay Gupta is an advocate for the role of music and other arts to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connections. In 2018 he received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Don't miss his opening keynote.
Catch up on international planning

Check out NPC19 activities vis-à-vis international planning — including events hosted by the Global Planners Network, Planners for Climate Action, and the APA International Division — in the latest update on APA's international planning activities.
Get active

Do you crave a run along San Francisco Bay? Or yearn to practice yoga by the Golden Gate Bridge? Start conference mornings breathing sea air — add Sunday's 5K Run and Walk and Monday's Yoga at the Presidio to your schedule. APA will provide transportation to and from both events.


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.

Women in the AICP College of Fellows

When Elizabeth "Libby" Tyler, PhD, FAICP, was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2008, she was one of six female inductees in a class of 49. Today, women comprise 22 percent of AICP Fellows, and the APA Women in Planning Division has committed to inducting women into the college at the same rate as men by 2040.

Tyler shared her journey toward FAICP induction and how it changed her career in our blog and in a division-sponsored webinar celebrating Women's History Month, "Women in Planning: The Road to FAICP."
Tools that promote planning for all

As U.S. communities grow more racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse, planners' work to address historical inequities and create inclusive and equitable cities and towns is more important than ever. Our Planning Advisory Service report, Planning With Diverse Communities, offers planners a range of tools to better engage people of color and improve quality of life for everyone in the communities they serve.
People Behind the Plans: Sadhu Johnston

In this new episode in the podcast series, Sadhu Johnston, city manager of Vancouver, British Columbia, describes local successes that are due to smart, collaborative planning. For example, the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan will position Vancouver as a global leader in sustainability efforts by reducing carbon emissions, promoting green jobs, and adding urban trees. Simultaneously, the city is building fast-track modular housing and implementing an "empty home" tax to address a housing affordability crisis. Tune into this and other APA podcasts.
Smart Cities or Surveillance Cities?

While the smart city movement is full of promise and innovation, what does mass-scale data collection mean for individual privacy? Planning's March cover story investigates.
New! Advise PIE

Planners working in hazard mitigation and floodplain management are invited to volunteer to serve on the Planning Information Exchange advisory committee. Since 2015, 17 PIE webinars hosted by APA, in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers, have drawn more than 12,000 participants. The advisory committee meets quarterly to assess recent webinars and identify future topics and speakers. AICP members who serve are eligible for CM credit. Interested? Complete a brief survey by April 13.
Suggest a Great Place in America

Use our online form to suggest a 2019 Great Place in America through April 17.
New! ACHP/HUD Preservation Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award given by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The award honors successful historic preservation efforts with affordable housing and community revitalization. Nominations are open through April 30.
Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

Apply for awards sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration by April 5.
Jobs Online: the #1 spot for internships

Employers: Find the interns you need by posting open positions with APA's Jobs Online for free! Students and new planners: Check Jobs Online first when you're looking for a summer internship position.
Economic Development Associate
Delta Development Group, Inc.
Mechanicsburg, PA
Assistant Planner/Associate Planner
City of Redding
Redding, CA
Associate Planner - Development Review
City of Boulder
Boulder, CO
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Washington County Public Works
Stillwater, MN
Five Year Consolidated Plan
City of Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, NY
Street Improvement Study
City of Albany
Albany, NY

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