News Release: March 24, 2016


APA’s new website offers increased functionality and quicker access to planning information.

CHICAGO—After months of strategizing, mapping, coding, and writing, the American Planning Association (APA) has unveiled its new, redesigned and reorganized website

The new website is a result of a collaborative effort between APA members, staff and vendors. Members provided input during the entire process, from organization and features, to the enhanced user experience.

“The new was built for our members,” said Mark Ferguson, APA’s Chief Information Officer. “The site design provides enhanced features, quick access to robust planning resources, and connects planning professionals and the communities they serve like never before.”

New features on include:

  • Improved search functionality – Pages and resources have been tagged against APA’s comprehensive taxonomy to generate relevant search results.
  • Expanded networking opportunities – Through MyAPA, users can create a personalized profile and set preferences for better communication with colleagues and mentors.
  • Accessible design – The new site is responsive in mobile environments, so it looks and works well on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smart phones.
  • Enhanced navigation – A clear menu system and ability to bookmark favorite pages ensure an easy route to information users need, when they need it.
  • Improved content -  Whether it’s a calendar of educational events, news and blog feeds, or resources for elected officials and motivated citizens, website users can access and share a variety of authoritative material about the planning profession from one place.

The last major upgrade of APA’s website was in 2009. The current project is much larger in scale, combining a number of data repositories into one, modern, custom-built platform, introducing a new graphical design and overhauling the system of organization and content throughout the site. APA hopes the new site will serve as an indispensable tool for planning professionals and the public alike.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science, and profession of good planning–physical, economic and social–so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. For more information, visit


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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;