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Volume XLIIII, Issue 12

April 10, 2023

                               President's Message 

I hope you all are enjoying spring time as much as I am! One of the best parts about spring is the chance to broaden my horizons with a trip to the national planning conference, which just concluded in Philadelphia this year (there’s an online version April 26-28 if you weren’t able to travel). 

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                             In Case You Missed It...

Nominations Open for 2023 Governor’s Smart Communities Awards

The annual awards program celebrates excellence in planning for future growth and livable communities.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 17th annual Governor's Smart Communities Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding work by local governments and their partners on community planning and development.

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                        Commerce Webinar on Race 

Hear From BDS Planning 

Commerce has brought on a consultant (BDS Planning) to help planners effectively converse on matters of race with their elected officials, boards and commissions, and the public as part of their GMA Housing Element work on racially disparate impacts (or to have those types of conversations on any planning issue for that matter). The consultant will also provide best practices for staff on reaching out to and approaching historically marginalized and vulnerable populations as part of their GMA work.

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                   PSRC Summer Planning Academy

Applications Now Open!

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is looking for high school students from King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap counties who want to learn about urban planning in our region and share ideas about how to make the central Puget Sound region a better place to live, work, and play. 

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                    Professional Development News

AICP Exam Prep Introduction

Be sure to attend this introduction to the AICP Exam on April 21 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This session will provide a lot of information about preparing to take the exam and offer insights from a recent successful exam taker!  Free! 

Meeting ID: 814 0866 5568

Passcode: 148001


        APA WA Land Acknowledgement Development

Would you like the Chapter (or Sections) to develop a Land Acknowledgment, plus a program to address how the Chapter can better support Native interests? Please attend a kick-off meeting at noon on Monday, April 24th. Contact Nancy Eklund at [email protected] with questions. View the meeting Zoom link below. See you there!

Meeting ID: 890 1881 9987

Passcode: 965866


                                  Trivia Question

What major event in Seattle's history led to significant urban planning and redevelopment efforts, ultimately shaping the city's modern landscape?

A. The Great Seattle Fire of 1889
B. The 1962 World's Fair
C. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1897
D. The construction of the Space Needle in 1961

*Find out the answer in the next issue.


The answer to last issue's trivia question: C. (John C. Olmsted)


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Contact the APA WA Communications Committee! Email Riya Debnath and Ben Braudrick at [email protected].

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