2020 APA WA/OAPA Joint (Virtual) Conference

October 14–16, 2020

The theme for this year's APA WA/OAPA Joint Conference is Growing Together - Virtually, recognizing the importance and challenges of planning for evolving communities, large and small, in these challenging and polarizing times. And these times ARE challenging and polarizing! 

The 2020 Joint Washington-Oregon APA Chapter Conference will be held October 14–16, 2020. More information will be available within the week about the schedule, sessions and keynote speakers.

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We are planning to deliver an engaging, informative, and worthwhile experience– we have learned a few tricks from other virtual conferences, and will be employing those to keep things interesting, informative and fun! We are hoping to use the virtual platform to build in some interesting networking opportunities to the conference mix.

Stay tuned to the Conference website, hosted on the Oregon APA website for more details as they become available.


 Welcome to the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is an organization of people with an interest in land use, housing, transportation, environmental, economic and social planning. Among others, our membership includes citizen planners, planning commissioners and other planning officials, and professional planners within the State of Washington and elsewhere.

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About the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association

Our MissionThe Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

Our Purpose: The purposes of the Chapter are to facilitate the individual participation of members of the American Planning Association, to conduct the affairs of the Association, and to further the purposes of the Association in the Chapter area.

Our Vision:  Ten years from now APA Washington will have increased its influence and credibility throughout the state of Washington. Through effective legislative influence and policy development, the Chapter will see that sustainable planning is in effect statewide. Accessible, affordable, and effective AICP certification maintenance training will be available to planners through a comprehensive system of seminars, webinars, and conferences. Membership will have doubled and represented the diversity of our state and our planning backgrounds. Sections will be providing more resources to members and Section Boards will be better connected to the State Chapter Board. A complete administrative and executive staff will be in place to better support all of the Chapter and Section activities.

What is Planning?

Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities. Professional planners make great communities happen by working with civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to envision new possibilities and solutions to community problems.

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Membership offers many opportunities to build and enhance your career:

  • Make a difference in public policy and your local community
  • Access APA resources and a network of local, regional, and national planners
  • Learn and share knowledge at workshops and conferences
  • Engage and mentor planning students


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