July 9, 2009

APA Board Member Appointed to City Council

CHICAGO — Debra March, a director-at-large on the American Planning Association's (APA) Board of Directors, was appointed to the Henderson, Nevada, City Council late yesterday afternoon. March is the executive director of the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Debra MarchMarch was one of 16 candidates that applied for the vacant city council seat left by newly elected Henderson Mayor Andy A. Hafen. March will represent the constituents of Ward 2. She will be sworn in on July 21, 2009.

The city council members and mayor make decisions about all land use issues, business licenses, city ordinances, and expenditures of city funds.

"I'm honored to have been selected to represent the constituents of Ward 2," March said. "I believe my knowledge and experience as a professional planner will serve the residents of Henderson well."

"Ms. March has made substantial contributions to the governance of APA and has been instrumental in increasing the involvement of appointed officials in the affairs of the association. Her commitment to Henderson has been evident in her service to the Planning Commission and now she will use her skills and creativity in service through her council activities. I congratulate her on this exciting appointment," said Paul Farmer, FAICP, executive director and CEO of the American Planning Association.

APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. March was elected to APA's Board of Directors in 2006 to a four year volunteer term. As a board member, she helps set the association's policy direction and strategic goals for its 43,500 members.


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org