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Volume LI , Issue 19

November 9, 2023

2024 Conference Planning Begins Soon

Want to Help Out?

The 2023 APA-WA Spokane conference is barely in the rearview mirror, but planning for the 2024 conference is starting soon! 

Interested in participating in the development of the 2024 Bellevue APA-WA conference? The Conference Committee will be starting up soon and your help will be needed on the various committees.

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Leading the Change in Olympia and
Washington’s Communities

By Joe Tovar, FAICP

Over 500 planners attended the APA Washington Annual Conference in Spokane October 11-13. “Leading the Change” was the conference theme shared in forty breakout sessions, including stories of community and organizational success in leading change across the state. Speakers shared insights about how planners and APA Washington can continue providing needed technical skills, policy guidance and leadership through the GMA update cycle and beyond. 

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Congratulations Dave, Nikole, Steve, Gwen,
Stephanie, and Steve!

By Yorik Stevens-Wajda, AICP 

At the 2023 Annual Chapter Conference in Spokane, I had the honor and privilege of recognizing some of our state's planning communities brightest stars at Wednesday's award and keynote lunch. While it's true that teamwork makes the dream work, and all of these folks thrive in part because of their colleagues and community, their individual contributions, character, and dedication are what take projects, communities, and our state to a higher level.

Tools for Planners to Achieve Transportation Equity

By Anish Tailor; Michael Hintze, AICP; Manuel Soto, AICP

Transportation policies and practices across the United States have long failed to serve Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color (BIPOC). Structural racism is embedded throughout the transportation system, from decisions about the alignments of urban highways to priorities for transit investments. 

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                                  Trivia Question

Which city in Washington was among the first to introduce a "Green Building" ordinance to promote sustainable construction practices?   

A. Bellevue    
B. Seattle 
C. Olympia    
D. Bellingham  

*Find out the answer in the next issue.


The answer to last issue's trivia question: D. (Redmond)


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