Message from the APA-NYM Chapter President (9-27-18)

Chapter members and friends,

In addition to providing a forum for professional development and networking, the APA is engaged in policy development and advocacy throughout the country. Whether your passion is infrastructure investment, social equity and inclusive growth, environmental stewardship, or any number of other issue areas within the broad umbrella of planning, the APA can serve as an outlet for you to pursue your interests as planning advocates. These opportunities were on full display during the inspiring 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference that just concluded in Washington, D.C., and it is imperative that we keep up the momentum during National Community Planning Month in October.

This year’s theme for Planning Month is “Housing as Community Infrastructure,” which is closely aligned with APA’s organization-wide initiative to tackle the nation’s housing affordability crisis. Driven by six guiding principles, the Planning Home initiative is laying the groundwork for planners to play a pivotal role in helping to reinvent housing policy. As we celebrate our profession’s accomplishments during Planning Month, I encourage all of us to think strategically about how we can use our skills, experience, and enthusiasm to help advance APA’s action agenda for generations to come.

One tangible way that each of us can demonstrate our commitment to the profession is by participating in the first ever APA Giving Day, so let’s mark our calendars for Tuesday, October 9, and donate to the APA Foundation in comradery with our APA colleagues around the country.


Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP
APA New York Metro Chapter