When it comes to leadership within planning, there are many opportunities to learn as you go, but there's not always formal training and tools to help you succeed. APA Learn's Planning Supervisor's Playbook Series helps bridge that gap. The six-part series covers big picture topics to help planners in all stages — whether you're wanting to take that next step in your career, or simply seeking new methods and ideas to implement in your day-to-day. CM|7.0 (1.50 Ethics) (1.50 Law)
Great Places in America: People's Choice
Most of us can think of one: That public space in your community that you're most proud of. The street where you always bring out-of-town visitors. The neighborhood you envision when you're homesick.
Suggest your favorite street, neighborhood, or public space as your nomination on social media by using the hashtag #APAGreatPlaces on Twitter or Instagram. You can also post your nomination on APA's Facebook page. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, October 11, and finalists will be selected for public voting the following week. The People's Choice finalist with the most votes will be announced on Wednesday, October 30.
Celebrate National Community Planning Month
It's National Community Planning Month! This year's theme — Planning for Infrastructure That Benefits All — highlights how well-planned infrastructure projects strengthen communities, boost the economy, expand opportunity, and promote equitable development. Visit our resource hub to help your firm, chapter, or division share your planning success stories.
APA leadership meeting recap
Before the Policy and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C, APA leadership convened to carry out the business of the APA Board, AICP Commission, Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, and Student Representatives Council.
The entire leadership met to dive deeper into APA's ongoing progress to strategic governance. APA CEO Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, discussed the steps leadership has made in crafting a compelling statement of APA's envisioned future, and on identifying those barriers. The group was also introduced to the governance practice of foresight.
In subsequent sessions, the Board and Commission continued their work on the envisioned future along with reprioritizing the organization's list of strategic issues. The Board of Directors approved the FY 2020 budget, and also approved Miami, Florida, as the site of the 2026 National Planning Conference.
The Commission reviewed reports from the Ethics Code Update Task Force and Professional Commitment Task Force. They continued their discussion on proposed changes to targeted mandatory CM credits. The Commission brainstormed ideas of how to increase diversity within the AICP College of Fellows and how to support the Women and Planning Division's goal of gender parity in FAICP by 2040.
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The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and the Task Force on Innovation and Communication in Planning Education are conducting a survey on the value of accreditation. Please take eight minutes to complete the survey. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions, contact Jesmarie Johnson.
Planning history timeline: The High Cost of Free Parking
In his landmark book (published in 2005 and updated in 2011), The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup, FAICP, argued that reducing the amount of free parking in communities would reduce emissions and congestion, as well as improve land use. View the full timeline.
Proprietary and Pseudo-Voluntary Hospitals
In the 1960s, a new type of for-profit hospital began to appear. Rapid construction on taxable land using private funds seemed ideal, but the arrangement offered sub-par health care while making it harder to build voluntary, nonprofit hospitals. This historic PAS Report from 1967 explores the threat to health care options in both growing and established communities.
APA Learn: "Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Equitable Redevelopment and Inclusive Growth in Legacy Cities"
The 2019 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas, presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy at the Policy and Advocacy Conference, focuses on the distinctive redevelopment challenges facing legacy cities. In this free course, hear from Akilah Watkins-Butler of the Center for Community Progress; U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan's 5th District; and Mayor Daniel Horrigan of the City of Akron, Ohio. CM |1.25
Expertise, credibility, and ethics
AICP certification demonstrates an understanding of the planning field and shows that you and your staff can handle the vast array of areas the industry encompasses. In this blog post, Wendy Shabay, AICP discusses this and other benefits of AICP certification and APA membership for her firm, and its staff.
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