PAS Memo

PAS Memo is an online newsletter published six times a year that reaches thousands of practitioners through APA's Planning Advisory Service.

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Today's planners need to stay informed about innovative strategies and techniques for a wide range of planning topics.

PAS Memo delivers this information to you. It highlights current cutting-edge topics — such as green roofs and climate change adaptation — while providing the latest findings and best practices in classic planning areas such as stormwater management and housing affordability.

PAS Memo is written by practicing planners and experts in the field eager to share their expertise through illuminating case studies. Each article provides a list of links to online resources for planners who want to dig deeper.

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Current Issue

July/August 2015

Planning for Startup Communities: Investing in Entrepreneurs and a 21st Century Economy

Does your community support and promote startups and entrepreneurs? Once limited to a small subset of American metros, startup communities have emerged across the country. Most places have their own batches of would-be entrepreneurs and potential for entrepreneurial progress, but local officials may not know how best to craft policy frameworks or outreach strategies that engage and support startups as they attempt to start and scale. Planners are well positioned within local government to engage with these issues and, in doing so, make a case for the economic value of planning as their work lays the foundations for successful local startup communities.

This month's PAS Memo explores the increasingly significant relationship between progressive planning — planning that embraces its profound effect on economic development — and vibrant startup communities. It uses the success of Tallahassee, Florida, as a case study to show how planners can support startup communities by prioritizing urban placemaking, innovative land-use planning, collaborative action, and future-oriented thinking.

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