APA Interact May 12, 2021

This Week at APA
May 12, 2021
NPC21 has concluded! Want to catch up on our action-packed three days? The virtual environment did not slow down attendees from challenging assumptions, sharing knowledge, and asking questions. See what got planners buzzing about the conference.
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Research KnowledgeBase
Built environment and health

Planning evolved as a response to issues in the built environment, like overcrowding, that contributed to public health crises. In this Research KnowledgeBase collection, search for resources that provide background or policy guidance, as well as examples of plans and regulations that illustrate how cities, counties, and regional agencies are changing the built environment to improve health outcomes. And you can filter these search results by various geographic and demographic characteristics.
Video Series
Centering equity in planning

In the "Voices of Equity," video series, APA presents the voices of planners who have been centering equity in their work to correct injustice, mitigate disparity, and improve the quality of life for marginalized people in all communities. The series demonstrates that equity is a necessary guiding principle for planners and all who participate in the process of planning as advisors, advocates, and decision makers.
We need to outthink wildfire, not eliminate it

With an unprecedented season of wildfires barely in our rearview mirror, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) veteran Michele Steinberg comes on the Resilience Roundtable podcast series to talk about wildfire mitigation and prevention. Her conversation with host Jim Schwab, FAICP, revolves around the NFPA's newest policy initiative, Outthink Wildfire. This episode is sponsored by Tyler Technologies.
New From Planning
Affordable housing lessons from America's Chinatowns

The legacies of Chinatowns in the U.S. are inextricably linked to planning, policy, and urban development. Dr. Marie Rose Wong explains their unique history — and how they offer lessons for planners today
7 GIS trends for planners to know

At the NPC21 closing keynote, Jack Dangermond of Esri offered seven GIS trends for planners. APA and Esri have partnered to create a step-by-step GIS learning plan for planners to grow or build existing GIS skills and be prepared for the technological future.

Join us on May 13 alongside panelists from two leading local governments — LA County and City of Marco Island. Get best practices for adopting virtual citizen self-service, training your customers, and transforming your organization's relationship with citizens and developers from one of regulation to collaboration.
AICP's Superpower: The AICP Code of Ethics

The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct protects AICP-certified planners when faced with controversial or difficult choices, and guides and inspires ethical decision making. To reflect the needs of planners in today's environment, and to emphasize social equity as a guiding principle, the Code is being updated. APA and AICP members are invited to join the Code of Ethics Update Task Force for a town hall Wednesday, June 9, 1 – 2 p.m. ET to learn more. Members can also contribute their feedback during the member comment period in June; more information about the town hall and month-long member comment period will be coming soon.
Last chance: APA leadership nominations

APA is seeking diversity in demographics, perspectives, geography, and experience among a new group of leaders for the organization. Members can self-nominate for positions on the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, Student Representatives Council, as well as several chapters, their sections, and divisions. Serving as an elected leader is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, expand your networks, and increase the impact of the organization. Act now— before the May 15 deadline!
Plus: The APA Arts & Planning Interest Group recently collaborated with Memphis-based artist and designer Carl E. Moore to highlight the call for nominations and encourage engagement in the elections process.
Senior Planner/GIS Analyst
Town of Ashland
Ashland, VA
Planner II - Associate Planner
City of Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda, FL
Economic Development Specialist
Ada Jobs Foundation
Ada, OK
Housing Market Analysis and Policy Strategy
City of Manhattan
Manhattan, KS
Wayfinding Signage Program
Village of Mukwonago
Mukwonago, WI
Comprehensive Plan Re-Write
Lancaster County
Lancaster, SC

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