Kick off the New Year with Planning

Hello fellow planners – I hope you are staying warm and energized for 2018!

We are welcoming a new year full of promise in spite of the ongoing budget uncertainty and economic headwinds here in Connecticut.  Optimism starts with planning, both for our professional work plan and for our organization.  Along those lines, I am pleased to report that the Chapter’s “Start with Planning Initiative” launches this quarter along with our work plan for Chapter programs and the legislative agenda.  Here are some of the many highlights for the first quarter:

Awards Luncheon.  The 2017 Chapter Awards will be announced at the Inn at Middletown this Friday, January 12, 2018.  Even if you are not attending the luncheon in person, be sure to read and acknowledge the recipients through CCAPA’s social media and website platforms.

Start with Planning Initiative.  As discussed at SNEAPA, CCAPA is finalizing its 2018 policy framework.  Special topic areas include economic development, conservation, housing, coastal resiliency and transportation.  CCAPA will advocate for Connecticut’s core value and a team approach to problem-solving and program delivery.  For those specifically interested in housing policy, be sure to also register for the first 2018 iForum at the Lyceum on January 29, 2018.  CCAPA is co-sponsoring this important event on housing success, tools, techniques and leadership.

Chapter Planning Assistance Team (CPAT).  Thank you to all of our volunteers willing to participate in the chapter assistance program.  With this new program, CCAPA will organize teams with the specific expertise needed to address your planning needs, goals or concerns. The teams will assist in the process by directly engaging with the community and various stakeholders, providing technical assistance, and developing specific findings, strategies and recommendations. CPATs are time-testing ways to assist communities with specific issues and is used throughout the country under APA’s guidance.  If you are interested in bringing the CPAT team to your community, please email me at the address below.

Lunch and Learn Series.  Interested in sharpening your professional skills?  CCAPA has arranged for three expert professionals to join us for roundtable-style lunch and learn seminars.  A separate announcement will come out this week with the details.  For now, please “save the date” and join us in Hartford for one or all three seminars.

  • February 2nd – Sharpen Your Communication Skills
  • March 2nd – Apply Project Management Techniques to Planning Initiatives
  • April 6th – Build Relationships through Mediation and Facilitation

Thank you as always for your support of CCAPA and good planning in Connecticut!

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

City of New Haven


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