Inland Empire Section

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The Mission of the Inland Empire Section is to:

  • Advance sound planning practices based on ethical principles to help eastern Washington communities improve their quality of life and realize their goals;
  • Use a rational approach to building communities, strive for middle-ground and the de-escalation of conflict in civil discourse;
  • Promote ongoing professional education and awareness of planning and community issues by convening conferences, workshops, and discussion groups;
  • Advocate proactive planning for issues of local, regional, and state-wide importance
  • Encourage opportunities for networking and social gatherings within the region to improve professional communications;
  • Be actively involved in community service and coordinate with governmental entities, allied professionals, and other concerned groups; and
  • Provide input to city county, state, or regional level private or public entities on planning issues of unique interest to the Inland Empire Section membership. 

Our Vision is that the Inland Empire Section is looked to as a resource for professional input on matters of development and environmental concerns in our communities. Our members confidently participate (or, represent the profession) in sound planning efforts and engage in community service, educational enrichment and regional cooperation. 

Board of Directors | Bylaws | Board MeetingsSection Contact | Section Events | Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors

Position Person Employer Position Exp. Date
President  Amy Hilland Kootenai County October 2025
Vice President  Ryan Hughes Nexus Planning Services October 2025
Secretary  Ariel Medeiros

City of Pullman

October 2025
Treasurer  Donna Debit City of Spokane Valley October 2025
Professional Development Officer  Robert Brock, AICP

Spokane County

October 2025
ASP Student Rep Tate Andrie    N/A
EWU Faculty Rep Dr. Jason Scully


Eastern Washington
University - Urban
and Regional Planning
Past President  Shauna Harshman
WA Department of Transportation
Member-At-Large  Scott Kuhta, AICP WA Department of Commerce October 2023
Member-At-Large  Vacant    
Member-At-Large  Vacant    
Member-At-Large  Vacant    

Section Bylaws

The bylaws are the organizing and operating protocols for the Inland Empire Section.

Read the Inland Empire Bylaws

Section Board Meeting Information

  • Third Monday at 5 PM at David’s Pizza (803 W Mallon Ave, Spokane, WA 99201) or on Zoom. 

Please reach out to APA-IES Secretary, Ariel Medeiros, for the Zoom link at [email protected].

Section Contact

Contact Amy Hilland, APA-IES President, at [email protected] for any questions about APA-IES activities

Mailing Address:

Inland Empire Section
APA Washington
P.O. Box 1138
Spokane, WA 99210-1138


 Section BBQ – More information to come

Community Volunteer Opportunities:

New Opportunities coming soon 

Past Events

2022 Annual Conference, October 11–13, 2022

Hilton Vancouver Washington | Vancouver, Washington 

Sovereignty Through Sustainability, April 26, 2022
EWU PUB | Cheney, Washington

2020 Annual Conference, November 5, 2020
Rising to the Moment | Virtual (via Zoom)

2019 Annual Conference, June 6-7
Elkins Resort | Priest Lake, Idaho


The Ethics of Transportation Planning and Design
The Politics of Housing
Healthy Disparities & the Role of the Built Environment
Transportation to Connect Your Whole Community