APA Interact November 24, 2021

This Week at APA
November 24, 2021
Planners face a variety of challenges, especially over the past year and a half. Addressing these challenges takes innovation and creativity. Thanks for everything you do to create great communities and for being an integral part of APA. Our organization is better because of you.

Sharing how the outcomes of planning efforts directly impact communities is important for community members, elected officials, and stakeholders to develop a greater understanding of the vital work you do. Over the past year, together, we've been vocal in advocating for federal legislation that supports good planning, as evidenced by the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the American Rescue Plan. Let's keep the momentum going by continuing to elevate the importance of planning. Get five ways to boost your department's profile from Planning.
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Looking for clean energy leaders

Have a passion for helping fellow planners and fighting climate change? APA, in partnership with ICMA, is seeking volunteer trainers for a series of Solar@Scale webinars, virtual workshops, and other virtual or in-person events designed to help local governments maximize benefits and minimize tradeoffs associated with large-scale solar development. Previous experience in planning for solar energy use is optional.
Credential revocation

Guided by the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, AICP-certified planners commit themselves to diligent, creative, and professional work in service to the public interest. Revocation of a credential is the harshest form of discipline and is imposed for the most egregious behavior. Read why "moonlighting" was cause for one planner to have their credential revoked.
National Planning Conference 2022
Proposals due December 1

Share your unique outlook and knowledge with the planning community virtually or in San Diego. Select the session type and preferred delivery method for your session's content — from a 5-minute speed share to a 90-minute solutioning workshop. Submitters will be notified in February. Or sign-up to volunteer as a proposal reviewer to help select sessions for the NPC22 program. Deadline is December 1.
Adapting to a changing world

Design thinking is a paradigm-shifting way of developing new approaches to planning challenges. Start the new year with this inspiring four-course series beginning January 26, helping you to better understand the impact of the pandemic on communities and implement innovative ideas. Add new tools to your toolkit and connect with fellow planners in four live workshops and even office hours with the facilitator. Space is limited; free for Passport subscribers. CM | 9.0
Native American Heritage Month
Planning with the Navajo Nation

After a 40-year development ban, tribal areas of Northern Arizona contained some of the most desolate and poverty-stricken areas within the U.S. Learn how a Navajo tribal community worked with planners to combine local expertise and Geodesign to plan for new land-use and economic development opportunities — improving community access to employment, services, shopping, and other amenities in the process.

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November 30: Final opportunity to comment on the Planning Accreditation Board's proposed amendment to its Accreditation Standards.

November 30: Donate to the APA Foundation on Giving Tuesday and help create opportunities for the next generation of planners.

December 2: Register for the webinar "How to Use Federal Funding for Your GIS Investment," brought to you by Esri and APA. Noon–1 p.m. CT.

December 10: Share your thoughts on how digital disruption may impact urban planning. Complete this 15-minute survey from the University of New South Wales Australia and supported by the Global Planners Network, of which APA is a member.

December 31: End of CM reporting period for AICP members. Check individual CM status in your CM Log (login required).

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