National Community Planning Month

The 2016 theme is Civic Engagement. This year's theme underscores the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials, and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities. Thoughtful local planning cannot happen without meaningful civic engagement.

NCPM logo National Community Planning Month kicks off every year with the announcement of APA's Great Places in America. These Great Places feature unique and authentic characterists that have evolved from years of thoughtful, deliberate planning by residents, community leaders, and planners.

Throughout the month, we'll highlight stories of kids engaging in planning for the first time; planners lending their expertise to communities in need; and planners working alongside professionals of varying disciplines to build healthier, more active neighborhoods.

Check back in August for the 2016 logo, sample social media posts, web banners and much more!

How Does Planning Add Value to Your Community?

We want to know: How is planning benefiting your community? Email us your stories at and we'll help you celebrate your successes all October long.

Planning a community tour, meeting, or other special event to mark the occasion? Let us know. We've got the resources to help you prepare!

Spread the Word

Looking for a planner to come and speak at your event or community? Connect with a planner through the APA Ambassadors Program.

You can help spread the word about the importance of planning. Use the hashtag #planningmonth in your social media posts.

How do you love planning?

Count the ways and share them in October – National Community Planning Month.

Make APA's "I ♥ PLANNING" logo your profile image and use #planningmonth to show your love on social media.

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