April 2, 2009

APA Names Infrastructure Task Force Co-Chairs

WASHINGTON, DC  — The American Planning Association (APA) has named eight planning experts from across the country to the organization's National Infrastructure Investment Task Force, which last October launched the special initiative Rebuilding America aimed at developing policy recommendations and solutions for the country's pressing infrastructure issues.

The task force's new appointees will focus on six infrastructure sub-categories: transportation, water and wastewater, energy, technology and telecommunications, public facilities, and green infrastructure.

The new appointees are:

  • Transportation Task Force Co-Chairs Robert A. Leiter, FAICP, from San Diego, California, and Diana C. Mendes, AICP, from Washington, D.C.
  • Water and Wastewater Task Force Co-Chairs Kelli Sertich, AICP, from Phoenix, Arizona, and Joseph A. Scorcio, AICP, from University Place, Washington
  • Energy Task Force Co-Chair Ingrid N. Kelley from Madison, Wisconsin
  • Technology and Telecommunications Task Force Co-Chair Kathleen McMahon, AICP, from Whitefish, Montana
  • Public Facilities Task Force Co-Chair Paul S. Tischler from Bethesda, Maryland
  • Green Infrastructure Task Force Co-Chair Karen S. Walz, FAICP, from Dallas

Co-leaders of APA's National Infrastructure Investment Task Force are APA President Robert Hunter, FAICP; APA President-Elect Bruce Knight, FAICP; and APA Immediate Past President David Siegel, FAICP.

APA launched its infrastructure task force and related initiative, Rebuilding America, during a day-long National Design Professionals Infrastructure Summit October 20 in Washington, D.C.

The summit was held in partnership with the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects and brought together planners, architects, and landscape architects who began discussing the state of the nation's infrastructure and heard from experts about federal policy and investment options. Providing the luncheon address was U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

To date the task force has held six regional field hearings — most recently in Ontario, California, and Lincoln, Nebraska — to receive comments from area leaders, planners, academics, allied professionals, engaged citizens, and others about major regional infrastructure issues and needs. Another field hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 20 in Durham, North Carolina. A summary of findings from the field hearings will be presented at APA's National Planning Conference in Minneapolis April 25-29, 2009.

Other components of Rebuilding America include upcoming state-level Town Hall meetings to engage local leaders and underscore needed policy changes, and development of a new vision for U.S. infrastructure including changes in policies, practices, and local, state and federal funding.

For more information about Rebuilding America and the National Infrastructure Investment Task Force, visit www.planning.org/policy/infrastructure.


Richard Lukas, APA Outreach, rlukas@planning.org; 202-349-1010
Denny Johnson, APA Public Affairs, djohnson@planning.org; 202-349-1006