Connecticut Planners and New APA Initiatives Featured at NPC17

The National Planning Conference (NPC17) earlier this month in New York City attracted over 6,300 planners from around the United States and 30 other countries.  In addition to the incredible planning happening in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, Connecticut planners were featured in a number of sessions.

If you were not able to attend NPC17 and/or get to one of the Connecticut sessions, look for the following titles which will be posted in the near future under the Certificate Maintenance section at www.planning.org:

  • Urban Enhancements within Highway Preservation Projects (#9110092)
  • Igniting and Guiding Transformative Development (#9110032)
  • Reimagining Distinctive Downtowns in Connecticut’s Largest Cities (#9109484)
  • Small Town and Rural Planning Division Dinner: Let’s Talk Legal (#9107939)
  • Planning for Healthy Rural-Urban Communities (#9109618)
  • Transit-Oriented Development in Connecticut (#9109974)

At NPC17, APA leadership reported progress on a number of ongoing initiatives and introduced some new programs which will provide added value to CCAPA members.  Of note, the APA Library is expanding on-line offerings, with over 100 planning books available for online reading.  APA has an extensive collection of planning publications, including rare primary materials from the early 20th century.  The physical library is located at APA’s Chicago office and is open to members.  Please visit www.planning.org/library/ebooks to have a look at the titles that have now been made available in online format.

CT Planners at the New York Public Library

CT Planners at the New York Public Library

The APA Foundation supports scholarships and other activities which advance our profession.  At NPC17, the Foundation announced a new initiative called FutureShape.  This is an effort to develop a strategic framework of planning and research priorities along with actionable tools to shape the future and focus of planning.  To support FutureShape and the mission of the APA Foundation with a tax-deductible donation, visit www.planning.org/foundation/

APA continues to work on three new Planning Policy Guides: Healthy Communities, Social Equity and Housing.  Of the three, there was considerable discussion about the scope and challenges associated with social equity across any number of planning issues.  If you would like to learn more about the policy guides or provide input on the working document, please email me to learn more.

As mentioned previously, the Local Host Committee for NPC17 was comprised of representatives from the Connecticut, New York Metro and New Jersey Chapters.  Special thanks to David Woods and Susan Westa for handling many of the local host responsibilities.  Special thanks as well to Shipman and Goodwin and Milone & MacBroom, the co-sponsors for the Local Host Committee Reception at the New York Public Library as well as to Robinson & Cole for hosting a reception at the Liberty, 29 West 35th Street.

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