APA Interact September 9, 2020

This Week at APA
September 9, 2020
Integrating equity into planning work isn't easy. First, Kadie Bell Sata, AICP, advises planners take the time to understand and distill high-level concepts into actions and tasks. Operational equity takes time and alignment with leadership — having those tough conversations with communities requires political and institutional cover so planners are empowered to create positive change.
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Planners' Day on Capitol Hill: A seat at the table

"Advocacy is telling my story from my view." Rajiv Kumar Myana of the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission explains why anyone can join Planners' Day on Capitol Hill and be a planning advocate.
In this critical moment, become a changemaker to learn, share, and pave the way to recovery. When you register for the Policy and Advocacy Conference, you're right in the center of the (virtual) action on Capitol Hill so you can share what's important to you and your community.
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Research KnowledgeBase
Social equity collection

Planning for social equity means recognizing planning practices that have had a disparate impact on certain communities and actively working with affected residents to create better communities for all. Get started with our Social Equity Research KnowledgeBase collection and search for resources that provide background, policy guidance, plan examples, and more. View resources like a case study on how Fort Collins has addressed social equity and sustainability and a webinar on responding to anti-Black racism in urban practices.
How COVID-19 has underscored the digital divide

As many students take on remote learning — and many employees continue telework — it's clear that reliable, high-speed internet access, is a necessity for everyone. APA's Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP, talks with Anna Read, AICP, an officer for the broadband research initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, about the basics of the issue, the work several communities are doing to close the gap, and how planners can get involved in local broadband processes and help shape requirements for access.
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Mind the gender gap

A groundbreaking transportation study from Los Angeles documents how engaging with a community can lead to data focused on equity, not equality.
Resources to learn with the future

Important information and tools are gathered in one place to address planners' needs — now and in the future. Get more resources for addressing COVID-19 in your community via APA's COVID-19 resource page.
Survey: Plan integration for resilience

APA is conducting a survey to learn more about how members engage in plan integration processes and resilience initiatives in their communities. Your input will help guide the design of educational materials that will provide concrete guidance for planners presenting information to decision makers.

Please submit your feedback by September 18.
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Introducing the APA Food Systems Division

APA is proud to introduce its 22nd division, the Food Systems Division. The division's goal is to advance food systems planning at all levels and help planners build stronger, equitable, and self-reliant food systems.
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More September online chapter conferences
September 23–25
Georgia Chapter Conference
Associate Planner
City of Sedona
Sedona, AZ
Program Manager Equitable Neighborhood Development
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
San Antonio, TX
Town Planner
Town of Farmington
Farmington, CT
Form Based-Code Project
Town of Zionsville
Zionsville, IN
Corridor Study
City of Stillwater
Stillwater, OK
Homelessness Strategic Plan
City of Norman
Norman, OK

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