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APA opposes proposed cuts to federal budget

APA issued a statement last Thursday strongly condemning aspects of President Trump's FY 2018 budget proposal that significantly cut — and in some cases, eliminate — important federal initiatives that support community development, transportation, hazard mitigation and resilience, and more. These threatened programs are vital to strong communities.

APA advocating for planning

Planners' Advocacy NetworkAPA's policy and advocacy team prepared a detailed analysis of the severity of proposed cuts to key planning programs including TIGER, HOME, and CDBG.

APA President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, wrote to legislative staff responsible for moving the federal budget through Congress. Members are encouraged to bolster her message by telling their representatives why these proposals fail to meet the needs of our nation's communities. Many members already have shared with legislators what drastic cuts like the ones proposed could mean for communities nationwide. Thank you!

The president's "skinny" budget is only the first step in what will likely be a long legislative process. Members can support APA's efforts every step of the way, pushing back against irresponsible proposals. Make a difference right now by telling us your planning success stories, signing on to a national letter, or joining APA's free Planners' Advocacy Network.

In Washington, APA policy and advocacy staff will continue to call on our federal partners in Congress and the administration to advance policies that create stronger, more just communities.

Exclusive network webinar: "Analyzing the President's Budget"

Members of Planners' Advocacy Network are invited to join the policy and advocacy team for a special briefing on March 29, at 2 p.m. ET, to discuss the budget proposals, learn how they could affect planners, and find out what advocates can do to alert representatives to planners' opposition to proposed funding levels.


University of Washington Online Master's in Infrastructure Planning

Lead the next generation of urban thinkers, planners and innovators shaping how critical infrastructure contributes to improved quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing world. Learn skills necessary to ensure infrastructure systems are more resilient, secure and accessible. This two-year online program is offered by the UW Department of Urban Design & Planning. Learn more and apply to start this fall.


Why waste water?

World  Water DayToday is World Water Day, set aside by the U.N. to encourage actions to address the global water crisis. This year's theme is wastewater; when safely managed, wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of clean water, energy, nutrients, and other recoverable materials. In addition to benefiting human health, wastewater management opens new business opportunities and creates "green" jobs. Improving water quality will make progress toward one of the U.N.'s 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.

Expanding water resource knowledge

APA is a supporting organization of Water Week 2017 and its efforts to elevate water as a national priority. We recently received a $50,000 grant from the Pisces Foundation, which seeks ways to accelerate to a world where nature and people thrive together. APA will use the funds to expand existing water education and training resources to help members create stronger, more resilient communities.

Interested in the connection between water and planning? Join the Water and Planning Network interest group and catch up on the work of APA's Water Task Force.

Senator asks planners to back coastal communities law

U.S. Senator Tammy BaldwinIn a special Water Week guest post, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) urges planners to tell their representatives to support the Digital Coast Act — bipartisan legislation that would ensure coastal communities have the necessary tools to prepare for storms, cope with fluctuating water levels, and strengthen coastal economic development planning efforts.

A planner's resiliency wish list

APA has long advocated for federal programs that support community resilience and adaptation at the local level. In recognition of Water Week, James Schwab, FAICP, manager of the Hazards Planning Center, outlines his recommendations to Congress for building a resilient nation.

NYM Chapter and LGBTQ Division partner up

APA's New York Metro Chapter and LGBTQ and Planning Division are partners in a Planners4Health grant that will focus on strengthening capacity and integrating diversity into planning and public health. The NYM Chapter region is exceptionally diverse in terms of race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

NYM Chapter and LGBTQ Division



LearnMarch 23 – "Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations" webinar hosted by the Planning Information Exchange. CM I 1 (free)

March 24, Chicago – ASA/APA Summit on Livable Communities, "Planners & Aging Network Professionals Working Together to Plan Livable Communities for All Ages" CM I 4

March 29 – "Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho" webinar hosted by APA and the National Physical Activity Society CM I 1 (free)

April 7 – "Careers in Transportation Planning," next in the Career Reality Webinars series, co-sponsored by the APA Transportation Planning Division (free; APA members only)

New! April 10 – "Addressing Megaregions in Long-Range Plans" webinar hosted by APA CM I 1 (free)


Top two reasons to sign up soon

1. Avoid paying the late rate.
2. Skip the registration line in New York.

Register for NPC17 by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on April 6 and APA will mail your badge, tickets, and MetroCard before the conference. You'll have nothing to pick up on-site! The cost to register will go up on April 7.

Can't-miss events at Career Zone

The conference Career Zone will have resources, interactive activities, and sessions to support your professional progress. Here are six career-boosting events you don't want to miss.

mentor match


Hudson Yards' innovative financing

Hudson Yards, located steps from the NPC17 venue, is one of the largest private real estate projects in U.S. history. In this guest blog post, Lourdes German from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy examines the innovative financing tools involved in realizing this massive development.

Get an early start on the path to AICP

If you are enrolled in or graduated from a PAB-accredited program, you're eligible to take the AICP Exam before you work as a planner. The new AICP Candidate Pilot Program also offers the opportunity to have a mentor and make other career-building connections with established professional planners.

Want to learn more? Come to a program info session in the APA Pavilion in the Expo Hall on Sunday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m.

Meet an NPC17 Mentor

Elizabeth "Libby" Tyler, FAICP, Community Development Director/City Planner in Urbana, Illinois, will be a volunteer mentor at NPC17. April 3 is the last day to sign up to be a mentor or find one.


Raising Places grants

Raising PlacesGreater Good Studio is launching Raising Places, a new social labs project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Up to six communities will each receive a $60,000 grant to support collaboration around healthy, child-centered places. Learn more on the Plan4Health website — and submit a letter of intent by March 31.

Great Places in America

Nominate streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces for 2017 designation by May 10.


Free staff report template

Take your staff reports up a notch or two with APA resources. Read "The Better Staff Report" in the March issue of Planning and download our new, members-only template for an example of how to present key facts in a structured, outsider-friendly format.

Tips for working with a recruiter

Have you wondered if working with a recruiter will boost your job search? Meet Frank DeSafey, who founded one of the nation's leading planner recruiting firms. In a Planning Career GPS video, he answers your questions about what a recruiter does and how you can get the best results working with one.

Frank DeSafey


Inside Look: Shelley Price

George Benson interviews Shelley Price, a 2016 Georgia Tech graduate and the Region II representative on the Student Representatives Council Executive Committee, in the latest post in our series introducing young APA leaders — students and up-and-coming planning professionals.



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March 23 – "Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations" webinar

March 24 – ASA/APA Summit on Livable Communities

March 24 – Apply for the Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Award

March 29 – "Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho" webinar

Banner image: map of western Washington transportation projects jeopardized by proposed cuts to the federal Capital Improvements Program; U.S. Capitol photo: Flickr; Conference photo by Joe Szurszewski.

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