Public Service Announcements

APA has a suite of radio, television, and live-read public service announcements (PSAs) that highlight the benefits of planning and the importance of community involvement.

Take a listen or find additional information on one of the topics below.

Planning 4 Health

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How your community is planned can have a direct impact on your health. Planners are working with public health officials and others to plan for good health, starting with the built environment and improving access to nutritious foods. Check out for information and resources on improving the health of your community.

Active Living

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One of the many benefits of planning is it gives residents options, including how they move around – driving, taking public transit, bicycling or walking. Having these options available makes it easier to fit daily exercise into your life, instead of having to make time to exercise.

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Safe Streets

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Complete streets accommodate multiple users — from pedestrians and bicyclists to transit and automobiles. Creating streets for only one mode of transportation can make them dangerous to travel for other users.

Television PSAs

Helping Local Business


Don't Get Burned

Living Near the Water

Additional Planning Resources

Get Inspired By Great Communities

People just like you, working together with planners, elected officials and the business community, can make great communities. Keeping what's important from the past and looking ahead to the future — locally, regionally and globally — are what make the difference. This is where inspiration comes in. Plan big. Plan for the future.

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Become Part of the Planning Process

Getting your neighbors involved, connecting with elected officials, and discovering the common ground for advocacy and action within a community — these are keys to creating sustaining places. The tools and strategies for engaging members of your community are as diverse as the people themselves. You can learn more about steps you can take and concrete things that other communities have done to increase community engagement in the planning process.

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Assistance from Professional Planners

APA offers assistance to communities that have limited planning resources. Through the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program, teams of professional planners are matched with communities requesting assistance on a variety of planning topics. The team works with the community and provides recommendations on how to enhance planning and envision a better future.

During APA's National Planning Conference, a Community Assistance Workshop is held in a community of the conference host city.