National Community Planning Month

National CommunityFrom east to west and north to south, communities across the country have been celebrating National Community Planning Month which occurs every October and is sponsored by the American Planning Association and its members, chapters, divisions and professional institute.  The American Planning Association’s theme for National Community Planning Month 2014 is Health and Prosperity. Communities have taken creative approaches to this concept such as Avimor, Idaho’s Nature Hike and Kids Run & Bike Duathalon sponsored in partnership with the Ada County Development Services Department or Minnetonka, Minnesota’s paper and box city building project for kids 2-12 sponsored by the Community Development Department at a city-wide open house during which children came up with cities that had clean energy solutions and mixed-use development!

Has your community participated in National Community Planning Month activities?  If not, there’s still time!  A plethora of materials to help you celebrate are posted on APA’s website ( as well as a list of ten ways to acknowledge National Community Planning Month!  The list includes things as big as collaborating with local political leaders to issue a formal proclamation to things as small as promoting National Community Planning Month through your website, Facebook page, or other social media outlet.  It’s not too late to get involved and if you already have, be sure to share your activities with APA by emailing

For a descriptions of the activities that have taken place across the country, visit

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