Have you Heard?  Students join free, first-timers save big!

APA membership is now free to all full- and part-time students actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program (not just planning) for the duration of their studies. And, when students complete their studies, they are entitled to two years of reduced dues to bridge the gap between learning and earning. 

First-time members also qualify for discounted introductory dues. Please pass the news about our special offer for new members to friends and colleagues who have never joined APA but would benefit from membership. 

APA designed this new membership structure to encourage students and other new members from both planning and non-planning backgrounds to join and stay with APA, making us a stronger and more diverse association.

Resources & Updates provided by the American Planning Association

Parks resources from APA 

APA understands the importance of providing opportunities within communities that encourage active lifestyles.  Want to know more about the connection between planning and parks? Check out Plan4Health North Carolina coalition's walk audit of parks and park access.  Looking for parks and open space resources? APA has curated a collection of e-booksthat members may borrow for free.

APA Research KnowledgeBase

APA's Research KnowledgeBase connects APA members to curated collections of topically related resources — including plans, regulations, model codes, guidelines, articles, reports, and multimedia files. Each collection provides commentary and thematic groupings of resource records with bibliographic information, short descriptions, and links to the resources themselves.

The first 25 collections were recently released, including active transportation and food systems collections.

Save on the best professional education

Catch up now on important planning projects and methods introduced at recent National Planning Conferences in Phoenix and Seattle. For a limited time, recordings of NPC15 and NPC16 sessions are member-priced at only at $4.99 each. Most qualify for CM and some offer law and ethics credits. The sale price includes group viewing for up to 10 sites.

Did you say "CincySprouts?" 

Learn about CincySprouts and more in a blog tour of thriving regional food systems in southern Ohio and Kentucky.

Webinars & Videos

New episode: People Behind the Plans Podcast Featuring David Fields, AICP 

In the second episode of the People Behind the Plans series, Courtney Kashima, AICP, chats with David Fields, AICP, at the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City. David is Principal at Nelson Nygaard in San Francisco and the former chair of APA's Transportation Division. Watch it here.

Creative Placemaking: Integrating Arts into Community Development

The role an impact of the arts within communities has been a longtime focus for APA. Now, with support from an NEA grant, APA and its project partners will introduce a pilot program to integrate the arts into planning processes through creative placemaking. This is the second NEA grant APA has received to assimilate the arts into community development. Learn more here.

Watch Planning and Public Art: An Interview with Jack Becker here.

A Career Reality Webinar: Careers in Planning, Beyond Planning

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST

As the field of planning evolves, more and more people trained as planners are choosing jobs and careers outside traditional planning departments and firms. But where and how do they belong? How are they using their skills and what can we learn from them about the changing nature of the field? And finally - do they see themselves as planners? Hear from a panel of your peers about working in non-traditional sectors.

Register from here https://www.planning.org/onthejob/careerrealitywebinars/

Podcasts

Access podcast recordings off Tuesdays at APA Programs.  Many topics are covered including redevelopment, community sustainability, urban design, social equity and many more.  Many are available for CM credit free of charge!

AICP exam scholarships 

A limited number of reduced-fee scholarships are available to members planning to take the AICP Certification Exam in November. The AICP Exam Fee Scholarship program assists individuals who may defer or abstain from taking the AICP exam because of financial difficulty. The scholarship reduces the registration fee from $425 to $75 for one exam cycle. Contact PDO Officer Rich Guarino, AICP for details.

Tell APA what you want in your magazine! 

Planning is developing its editorial calendar for 2018. We welcome your thoughts on both general topics and specific stories. We’ll also share this intel with the team developing the organization-wide 2018 Content Calendar.

Please send ideas to editor in chief Meghan Stromberg by Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and include “2018 calendar” in the subject line.  Additionally, your ideas are welcome year-round!