APA Interact May 27, 2020

This Week at APA
May 27, 2020
How can planners lead the way to an equitable, resilient, and long-lasting recovery? With advocacy, transformational planning supported by federal stimulus, and coalitions with industry partners, according to John Porcari, President of Advisory Services at WSP and former deputy secretary at U.S. DOT.

Planners are essential to recovery — and the profession can holistically build a better future. Over the next several weeks, APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, will speak with thought leaders from the planning profession, government, and beyond to discuss planning and recovery.

In this short video interview, Porcari discusses the road to recovery and the necessary role of planners.
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Advocate for your community

Skyrocketing costs for local services and plummeting revenues have pushed communities toward the brink of an economic cliff — and planners' jobs may soon be impacted. Help your U.S. Senator understand why communities need more funding and flexibility now so that essential services, like planning, can continue laying the groundwork for recovery.
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Sonoma County uses Harmari to rein in short term rentals
Learn how Sonoma County added 427 new land use permits and discovered over $250,000 in new transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenues by using Harmari STR.
A paradigm shift in using urban space

The way we live, work, and play around cities have drastically changed since March. What changes will be temporary fixes, and what will be here to stay? APA Research Director Petra Hurtado, PhD, discusses the cultural shifts driving the need for planners to start thinking differently about our cities and how we regulate the public space and right-of-way.
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Portrait of a city on pause

San Francisco-based transportation planner Sergio Ruiz takes his camera to the streets to document what the city looks like in the COVID-19 era.
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NPC20 @ Home Collection

Miss out on NPC20 @ Home? You can still catch all sessions, including John Porcari's keynote exploring stimulus, recovery, and transformational planning.  More than 25 CM credits are available — including CM | 1.5 | Law and CM | 1.5 | Ethics.
PAS Memo
Collective efforts: When issues transcend metro area boundaries

The metropolitan transportation planning process is designed to improve policy and investment across a single metro area, but highway and rail corridors often cross multiple planning areas. This new PAS Memo offers guidance to overcome barriers and create collaborative efforts among metropolitan planning organizations.

Modern challenges in permitting require modern solutions
OpenCounter works exclusively with the public sector, so we understand the challenges of governing in today's digital world. Our tools are modern solutions designed to reduce staff and applicant workload associated with permitting and licensing for business, residential, and special events.
Apply for APA Foundation scholarships

Each year, the APA Foundation awards scholarships to attract the best and brightest to the planning profession, investing in students from historically underrepresented groups and with limited means. The deadline to apply is June 12.
Interested in using planning interventions to help keep children safe?

APA is excited to offer access to a new, free online education module pilot to help planners in Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands site early care centers to promote children's health. Planners will earn up to 2 CM credits for completing the course and providing feedback on the pilot materials. The course was developed through a collaboration between APA, NEHA and Region II Head Start.
Now's your chance to get AICP Certified!

The AICP exam application opens at 9 a.m. CT on Monday, June 1. Before beginning your application, read the AICP Guide - Part 1 to set yourself up for success. The AICP Guide - Part 2 gives you information on registering for the AICP certification exam and the new testing options available. We're here to help! Email your questions to aicpexam@planning.org with any questions you may have.
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  • Browse education options from nearly 300 CM providers.
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  • Use the CM self-reporting tool to claim credit for pro bono and other CM-related activities.
  • Find courses in APA Learn, APA's online library with more than 500 CM credits on a variety of topics spanning the planning profession.
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