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Dr. Jennifer Horney, epidemiologist and disaster researcher at the University of Delaware, brings her expertise to some pressing public health questions, including how planners might serve as allies to medical and public health professionals. (APA YouTube)
Benjamin Hitchings, FAICP, offers seven sound, ethical suggestions for how to respond when public officials apply pressure to loosen planning regulations — without exceeding statutory authority or compromising longer-term planning visions. (APA Blog)
Sean McGuire, AICP, reminds planners that we cannot forget our oldest charge: protecting the public’s interest. (Planning, May 2020)
Brian Golden, director of the Boston Planning & Development Agency, joins APA's Roberta Rewers to discuss the unprecedented actions being taken in response to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, including new responsibilities taken on by the city's planning staff. (APA Podcast)
Kimberly Burton, AICP CTP, gives 10 tips for how to be a strong, flexible leader when your team is working remotely — plus a rundown of technology to get the job done. (APA Blog)
Ten ways to keep planning during the COVID-19 pandemic, as compiled by APA's Michigan Chapter. (APA Blog)
New Grads: Stephanie Blochowiak offers recommendations for your job search and career aspirations in the time of COVID-19. (APA Blog)
A members-only collection of over 60 articles, videos, policies, reports, and more that provide background and policy guidance on online public engagement. (KnowledgeBase; APA members only)
Despite the ever-present digital divide, inclusive public outreach and social distancing are not mutually exclusive. (Planning, June 2020)
Emily Mack of the Department of Metropolitan Development in Indianapolis, Indiana, explains to APA's Jo Peña how their team quickly developed a standard operating procedure for online meetings. (APA Podcast)
View this slide show to see tips and considerations for moving your public meetings online, curated from APA members' experiences. (Instagram)
Moving your Board or Commission meeting online? Swipe through for some helpful tips organized by category 👉🏽. . . . #publicmeetings #onlinemeetings #urbanplanning #cityplanning
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Which software product is right for your online public meetings? Sean Maguire, AICP, dives into the pros and cons of three popular products to help guide your decision. (APA Blog)
Moving Planning Commission Meetings Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mid-Sized City Perspective
In Fayetteville, Arkansas (pop. 85,000), the planning commission held its first online meeting on March 23, 2020, using the platform Zoom. APA's Roberta Rewers talks with immediate past chair of the Fayetteville Planning Commission, Matt Hoffman, about the experience. (APA Podcast)
APA's Jo Peña talks with Nupur Gunjan, a public sector analyst at Cisco and trained planner who transitioned to the tech world after working for the City of Austin, Texas. The two focus on what planners need to know about data protection and online public engagement right now, but also what they can do to protect their communities in the future. (APA Podcast)
Bobby Boone, AICP, offers solutions for ensuring safe conditions for retailer and customer reentry that can help prevent COVID-19 transmission while supporting long-term property stabilization. (APA Blog)
Could local economies see a post-pandemic boost? Or are they previewing COVID-19’s financial free-fall? (Planning, May 2020; APA members and subscribers only)
Although the problem may seem daunting, we look at some practical strategies that planners can use now to address immediate economic challenges and help communities weather the storm. (APA Blog)
A backstage pass to the past, present, and future of Virginia Beach’s biggest music festival. (Planning, April 2020)
Knowing what stabilization funding is included in federal bills and how it is being distributed, how states are adjusting rules to assist local communities, and how you as a planner can leverage these resources will position your community for a quicker recovery. Visit the COVID-19 Policy Resources page for:
- Recordings of APA legislative briefings breaking down stimulus funding
- Articles detailing federal and state legislation
- APA letters to Congress and federal agencies advocating for the needs of communities
- Opportunities to make your voice heard to your elected officials
The COVID-19 pandemic has made unhoused populations all the more vulnerable — and left cities scrambling to keep all residents safe. (Planning, May 2020)
In an unprecedented policy change, service disruptions have been suspended in cities across the U.S. to help fight COVID-19. (Planning, May 2020)
The ways people live, work, play, and move around cities and communities have changed substantially since late March. APA research director Petra Hurtado, PhD, examines which changes will be interim fixes, and which will stay permanently? (APA Blog)
Planning magazine editor-in-chief Meghan Stromberg talks with Lisa Nisenson about what e-commerce trends mean for land use and contactless delivery. (APA Podcast)
Planning magazine editors discuss Brian Barth's piece, "Is Fast Food Through With Drive-Thrus?" in light of the pandemic — now drive-thru restaurants seem more relevant than ever. (APA Podcast)
If e-commerce has always been fast-moving and ever-changing, never has that been clearer than during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Planning, April 2020)
A curated list of resource pages from government agencies and allied professional organizations. (APA Blog)
This collection of recorded sessions from NPC20 @ Home includes programming that speaks to the unprecedented challenges planners are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. (APA Learn)
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