Come Celebrate 25 Years of Making Great Communities Happen in Washington

By Joe Tovar, FAICP

Since 1990, Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) has enabled our profession, our citizens, and our elected leaders to “make great communities happen.” Through the volunteer efforts of its many members, APA Washington has worked for two decades to advocate for protecting and strengthening the GMA and to educate citizen planners and professional planners about good planning practice.  

This November 13, you will have a chance to join your peers and state leaders to help celebrate the accomplishments of the first 25 years of planning under the GMA. This full-day conference will be hosted at the beautiful Museum of Glass in Tacoma and offer AICP CM and CLE credits in law and ethics. There will also be CM credited sessions looking back at the successes and lessons of GMA’s first 25 years and forward at the challenges of the next 25.

Among our distinguished speakers are Mary McCumber, Mark Hinshaw, Doug Sutherland, John Roskelley, and Dr. Anthony Chen. We will also hear from several elected leaders, including King County Executive Dow Constantine, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, and Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon.

Box lunches will be provided and an early evening gala and reception will be highlighted by recognition of the top Governor’s Awards, and a “Lifetime of GMA Achievement” award. 

Come prepared to network with your peers, earn CM credits, learn and celebrate the first quarter-century of planning under the GMA. You will leave with an appreciation of how far we’ve come, armed with new contacts, new ideas and energized to continue the important work of planning for our communities.

Joining APA Washington as co-sponsors of this GMA event are the Association of Washington Cities, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Futurewise. You can sign up now just for the educational sessions, just the gala, or both.

I look forward to seeing you in Tacoma!

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