APA Interact April 1, 2020

This Week at APA
April 1, 2020
Today is Census Day — even in times of turmoil, planners continue to look ahead and find ways to position their communities for future prosperity, equality, and health. Census data is critically important to this work. Federal relief funding — like the $150 billion set aside for localities and states in the stabilization bill signed into law by President Trump and supported by APA last week — is distributed based on population. Hear 10 planners’ stories from across the country as they are mobilizing to ensure everyone is counted and adjusting their approaches to fit current restrictions on in-person outreach.
Breaking down the COVID-19 relief legislation

Which portions of the CARES Act are critical for planners to know and understand? APA held a rapid-response legislative briefing to help planners identify what’s in the bill. Download the slides or watch the briefing in its entirety.

The New Shape of Play
Endless formations of fun are rooted in the new geometric playscapes of Hedra™, Hedra Scout and Hedra Towers by Landscape Structures. These tessellated shapes create playful pods that link together, forming a fascinating interconnected matrix of three-dimensional play.
April 2
Coronavirus speaker series: Sharing knowledge to respond with resilience

This session will focus on local governance with Fernando Straface, Secretary General of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This webinar, on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. (CT), is organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) and World Bank-City Resilience Program.
April 8
Economic development community discussion

In times of uncertainty, coming together as a community can be beneficial to keep moving forward. Share your thoughts and ideas about economic development in the time of COVID-19 during the APA Economic Development Division virtual happy hour on April 8 at 5 p.m. (CT).
Navigating the pandemic as a recent grad

Students, we understand this may be a confusing and stressful time to enter the workforce as you start your job search. In this blog, we’ve highlighted some tips that apply generally, and specifically to this era.
Mid-sized city moves planning commission meeting online

Hear how Fayetteville, Arkansas, pivoted to keep the community moving forward by adapting to an online commission meeting at the onset of the pandemic. Immediate Past Chair Matt Hoffman shares how the city prepared, practiced, and delivered its first online commission meeting. Stay tuned next week for another example of how communities are adapting technology for online meetings.
April Planning magazine

Drones, delivery bots, and AI — what emerging trends mean for contactless delivery. A Virginia Beach planner knows that massive music festivals are hard to plan — and even harder to cancel.

Plus: The Planning magazine editors review the contents of the March 2020 issue in the new "Cover to Cover" podcast. Before diving in, editor-in-chief Meghan Stromberg reflects on an interview about reimagining planning as caring in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Choosing the right tools for online engagement

This free course “The Golden Circle of Online Engagement,” offers guidance on choosing the right tools for online engagement, measuring success, dealing with outrage and online trolls, meeting language needs, and more. CM | 1.25

Member cost: FREE through April 25
Collecting, Organizing, and Communicating Planning Information

Discover new, efficient, within-your-reach methods to effectively collect, organize, and communicate information. Tailor these unique strategies to fit your community. CM | 1.0

Member cost: $20
Q&A with two top Houston women planners

We won’t get a chance to see them in person at NPC20, but there are still plenty of reasons — including the conclusion of Women’s History Month — to celebrate Houston’s Director of Planning and Development Margaret Wallace Brown and Director of Public Works and Engineering Carol Haddock. Find inspiration and hope for an uncertain future in their thoughts about how planning means more than your day-to-day role, and the importance they see in diversity and mentorship to elevate future leaders’ voices.
New questions to CM logging evaluation

To ensure a high level of education for AICP members, we have expanded the evaluation questions asked during the CM logging process. This will provide an opportunity for you to assess the quality of the content and tell us whether the education delivered what you expected. For questions and assistance, please contact us at AICPCM@planning.org.
APA chapter, division, student elections

Become a planning leader for your APA chapter, division, or the Student Representatives Council. The deadline for potential candidates is April 24.
Nominate a 2020 Great Place in America

Suggest a great neighborhood, street, or public space — the 2020 Great Places in America suggestion period is open through April 29.
Call for proposals: Addressing health, equity, and climate change

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals to help address the health impacts of climate change and advance health equity. The deadline to submit is April 30.
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City of Olathe
Olathe, KS
Assistant County Administrator
Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA
Corridor Plan
Village of Brookfield
Brookfield, IL
Decatur Bike Plan
City of Decatur and the Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study
Decatur, IL
Linear Park and Multi-Use Trail Design
Western New York Land Conservancy
Buffalo, NY

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