APA Interact September 16, 2020

This Week at APA
September 16, 2020
What is the Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill experience? Five planners fill us in on their empowering and eye-opening experiences advocating for planning during Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill. Be a part of the action this year as we advocate for planning-led recovery and reinvention fueled by near-term fiscal relief for all communities and a future-focused surface transportation package with predictable funding prioritizing active and public transportation and tackling the climate crisis.

These asks are critical messages our representatives need and want to hear — and planners are uniquely positioned in their communities to help lawmakers understand what it will take to recover stronger.

Today is the last day to claim your spot for this event, free with your Policy and Advocacy Conference registration. We’re calling our members of Congress next week to go to bat for planning — will you join us?
Four cost-effective ways to boost Census response rates

With less than a month before the end of data collection for the 2020 Census, planners are making final efforts to help increase self-response rates in the hardest-to-count neighborhoods. It is critical that planners use these last moments to be creative and resourceful community futures depend on it.

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Preserving manufactured home communities

An often-overlooked source of affordable housing in the United States is manufactured home communities (MHCs).

This PAS Memo explains the benefits of and challenges to this housing type and shares how Boulder, Colorado, and other local governments are working to preserve and improve MHCs for the people who call them home.
Planning First Look
Expanding equity and affordability, one lot at a time

Cities around the country are converting parking spots to pickup zones and pop-up patios, helping foster economic recovery — and giving restaurants a fighting chance at survival. Could these temporary solutions signal more permanent changes to our post-pandemic streetscape?
International Outreach
Sharing knowledge on pandemic recovery

Globally, planners are leading COVID-19 recovery through climate change, equity, and economic recovery efforts. Five national planning association leaders, including APA CEO Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, shared how members are addressing pandemic challenges in this Global Planners Network conversation debuting this week.
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 Friday, September 18.
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