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February 3, 2016 3:22 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Becoming a Planning Advocate

This post was originally shared on APA’s Policy News for Planners blog.

This week America begins in earnest the work of electing a new President. Because planning needs to be firmly on the nation’s agenda, APA is using the civic energy unleashed by the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary to ask members to raise their voices for planning by joining the Planners’ Advocacy Network.

To launch our recruitment drive, long-time planning advocate in Congress, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has issued this video challenge to planners to become great advocates:

As a planner, you know the impacts of good planning and walkable, livable neighborhoods  have on the health, safety, and well-being of a community. The benefits of planning, however, are not always apparent to elected officials.

As Rep. Blumenauer said, it is the job of planners to show members of Congress why sound planning and the programs that support livable communities are essential to the future of cities.

Now through February 9, APA invites you to join the Planners’ Advocacy Network — an APA initiative to engage planners in federal grassroots advocacy. Joining the free network by February 9 will earn you access to special training resources; education on policy issues important to planners; and the opportunity to shape APA’s policy and advocacy work.

Becoming a planning advocate will also earn you one of Rep. Blumenauer’s signature bicycle lapel pins.

Also, in celebration of the start of the election year, Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary, and President Obama’s budget release, APA will roll out its 2016 legislative priorities; local stories of member advocacy success; and advocacy tips and best practices for election years.

Watch the Policy News for Planners blog and @APAadvocates all week for updates on the chapters with the most new network recruits and daily advocacy tips.

Join APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network today.