APA Interact August 5, 2020

This Week at APA
August 5, 2020
Planners must be aware of the historical structures, institutions, and policies that perpetuate racial inequalities, and organize themselves to resist those structures or risk being complicit in the process. Planning for equity is hard work, says Dr. Kirk Harris, in the latest of the Voices of Equity in Planning video series. Planners can be more effective by finding like-minded allies in the field, and by committing to understanding community context.
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Speak up: Local aid not included in COVID relief proposal

More than 1.5 million local government jobs have disappeared since March, according to the US Department of Labor. Planning departments are among the places where local leaders are making cuts to plug revenue shortfalls — risking the expertise and knowledge required to rebound from the economic and public health crisis. The need for additional, direct federal relief for communities and states is dire, but federal leaders have failed to acknowledge this in ongoing relief negotiations.

This is your last chance to tell your senators direct funding for communities of all sizes must be included in the next coronavirus relief package. Use our pre-drafted letter to get started.
Drive change at the 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference

As a driver of recovery, you need to be equipped with many tools — including direct funding — to face the reality of today and beyond. At the digital 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference, September 23-24, raise your voice for the policies and programs communities need for an equitable, sustainable recovery. Learn from speakers and legislators to further understand trends shaping today's landscape and take the lessons home to your community.

Register before September 1 to snag the early bird rate, and to get a guaranteed meeting with the office of your elected official.
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Climate change affecting vulnerable populations

In the double August/September issue, learn how cities must plan to protect their most vulnerable residents when climate change pushes temperatures higher. Then, see how to right-size transportation investments, even with budgets in postpandemic recovery mode. Leveraging green infrastructure produces multiple benefits and addresses community needs more equitably.
A window into historic preservation

Six students continue the legacy of hands-on preservation at Tuskegee University. From APA's Urban Design and Preservation Division, learn how the students' preservation efforts extend beyond buildings to stories about places, amplifying voices of the community.
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Resources to plan for social equity

Planners strive to create great communities for all, but many groups have been systemically excluded — planning for social equity means acknowledging these inequities and striving to correct them. In APA's Social Equity KnowledgeBase collection, explore resources like Eugene, Oregon's comprehensive plan on environmental justice and compatibility. Dive into more sample plans, courses, and research for your community.
COVID-19 and the future of planning

COVID-19 has changed the way planners think about and prepare for the future. On August 13, APA's research director Petra Hurtado, PhD, and research associate, Jo Peña, will explain how APA is using its "foresight-first approach," what the biggest pain points and potential solutions are, and what current developments may mean for the future of the planning profession. CM | 1.5 (Register; free)
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Help define APA's climate position

As momentum behind climate action grows, now is the time to reinvent communities to incorporate climate mitigation and adaptation. Doing so requires the right policies at the federal, state, and local levels. The APA Climate Change Policy Guide is being updated to incorporate the latest science and policy approaches, and to reflect the growing recognition of climate's impact on planners' work. This guide will represent APA's official position on climate issues and tools to arm planners to advocate for equitable, effective policies at all levels of government.

Review the working draft and contribute your feedback to ensure that your perspective is captured in the final guide. Final comments must be submitted by August 26.
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