Spread the Word

Celebrate the planning behind the places we love most.

Leveraging Planning Month

Educate, Advocate, celebrate

Planning Month is planners' annual opportunity to educate elected officials, media, and the public about the value of planning to communities.

Get ready for October by watching our short Planning Month primer.


Use this on your website and in newsletters.

Download logo

National Community Planning Month logo (vector file)

Great Places in America

There are 275 with at least one in every state. Plan a walking tour or set up a planning information booth at the next community event scheduled in your Great Neighborhood, Great Street or Great Public Space.

Story Map

Use the ESRI map in your in-district meetings with elected officials to highlight state and nationwide success stories.

Great Places in America Story Map


Place these on your website or electronic newsletters and hyperlink them to planning.org/ncpm

Box Ad

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Banner Ad

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Invite your representatives to your community event. Sign up to have APA staff assist you in sending out invitations to your congressional officials.

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Media Documents

Engage target local media with the help of these documents.

Key messages

Sample letter to the editor

For Members Only

Communications Guide

Get tips and techniques for creating, targeting, and reaching the media and target audiences.

Planners' Communications Guide

Pre-written copy for newsletters and websites

Use this copy in September and October to spread the word.

Sample copy

Social Media

Official Hashtags

#PlanningMonth — Use for all of your Planning Month related posts and tweets

#APAGreatPlaces — Use when referencing an APA Great Place in America

Change your Twitter or Facebook cover photo during October.

Twitter Cover Photo

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Facebook Cover Photo

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Instagram Stream

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Sample Proclamation

Engage elected officials in the celebration by asking them to proclaim October as Community Planning Month.



Embed these videos on your website, in social posts, or in your newsletter in the weeks leading up to or during Planning Month.

Community: What's Best Here?

Great Places in America