APA Interact April 8, 2020

This Week at APA
April 8, 2020
Online meetings are more important than ever in the COVID-19 era — but they present unique challenges. APA has curated a collection of resources that provide background and policy guidance on the topic — and it's available free to APA members. This new Research KnowledgeBase includes more than 60 resources that explain how local and regional agencies are using online public engagement tools and techniques. We hope these tools will help you navigate the present and prepare to thrive in the future!
We've got news!

APA has been hard at work on a top-secret project for you and we're excited (bursting, really) to tell you we'll be sharing it with the planning community this week. But you'll have to wait just a liiiitle bit longer to find out. What we'll say for now is maybe pencil us in for April 29–May 1 (social-distance friendly, we promise). Stay tuned and keep an eye on your social media and inbox this week.
How is COVID-19 affecting you?

APA wants to hear from you. How is the current coronavirus pandemic affecting your community and your role as a planner? By taking this 10-minute survey you can give APA input that will help us develop resources to meet your and other members' needs. Submit your response by April 17.
State pandemic responses influence planning process

See how states are changing tactics because of the pandemic. APA's Catherine Hinshaw shares how the state advocacy environment has changed (to-date, more than 320 executive orders issued), and how a variety of state-level decisions are making online meetings possible — and legal.

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.
Planning as an essential service

Even when faced with a dire emergency like the current pandemic, the work of government must continue, and planners can be leaders in implementing local response efforts. A blog post from APA's Michigan Chapter suggests 10 ways for planners to advance their work.
Planners exploring coding to tackle community challenges

Coding technology can help inform decisions and shape solutions to challenges facing communities. In this month's issue of Planning magazine, see how planners are finding coding a valuable skillset in "Up to Code." Interested in discovering coding as part of your professional development? Stanford University is offering a free introductory programming course using the Python language. The deadline to apply is today.
Digital divide resources in the pandemic

Since face-to-face meetings are currently not an option, meetings are moving online. But the reality is that around 60 million Americans continue to lack access to the internet — as you move your programming online, read this resource from NTEN to ensure your approach is equitable and thoughtful.
AICP Certification Maintenance requirement exemptions

In these times, we understand and empathize that personal and professional circumstances may now look different. You may be eligible for a temporary or permanent exemption from the requirement to earn Certification Maintenance credits. Exemption types include retired, life, unemployed/in transition, and foreign practice as well as a variety of temporary inactive AICP membership CM exemptions.
Membership assistance

In addition to exemptions, APA offers financial assistance to members who qualify for APA Life membership, APA retired membership, unemployed/in transition, and we also have the auto renewal program
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