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Summer 2020 Volume XXXIII, Issue 3


In This Issue...

Welcome to the New Washington Planner

President's Message

President Elect Results


Public Works Board Recap

Transportation Planning Division WA Update

October Planning Month Promotion

Member Perspectives

Get Involved

Mark your calendars! The 2020 Joint Washington-Oregon APA Chapter Conference will be held virtually this year, on October 14–16, 2020. Register now!

Looking for interesting learning opportunities? Check out the APA Washington Events Calendar or the chapter’s Facebook page or upcoming planning-related events and activities!

SEPA Training

On May 28 the Peninsula Section of the APA-WA hosted a training on the SEPA process led by members of the Department of Ecology and BERK Consulting. For those who missed it, a video recording is available for download.

Planning Webcast Consortium

View the full webcast schedule and register to attend live.

APA WA Job Board

Explore careers in planning on the APA WA Job Board. Hiring? Post a job!

Connect on Social Media


Welcome to the New Washington Planner

Meet the New APA WA Communications Committee

We are Andrea Harris-Long, AICP and Laura Benjamin, AICP, your new newsletter editors. Welcome to this special summer issue of the Washington Planner. We are excited to share a recap of past events and meetings and provide a glimpse at upcoming opportunities during this “new normal” of COVID-19. We will get back to our regular bimonthly schedule this fall.

We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions regarding chapter communications. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected].

Fun fact about us: we love dogs, so we had to share ours with you. Meet Scout, Molly, and Chief.

President's Message

Nancy Eklund, AICP

Strategic planning, volunteer opportunities, and more. Hear from APA WA President about what the board has been up to this summer.

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President-Elect Results Are In!

Congratulations to the newly-elected incoming APA Washington Chapter President-elect, Yorik Stevens-Wajda, AICP!

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New AICP Members and AICP Candidate Members

Wayne E. Carlson, FAICP

Congratulations to Washington's newest AICP planners on this personal and professional accomplishment!

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Potential New Funding for Infrastructure and Broadband Projects — APA WA goes to Public Works Board

Paula Reeves, AICP

APA Washington Chapter was invited to participate in the Public Works Board (PWB) workshop on August 7, 2020, where two funding proposals were discussed.

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Transportation Planning Division in WA on the Move

Michael Hintze, AICP

Washington Chapter Transportation Planning Division (TPD) liaisons Michael Hintze, AICP and Patrick Lynch, AICP held the inaugural Virtual Transportation Forum on July 20.

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October Planning Month Promotion

Celebrate planning in October for National Community Planning Month! Each year, planners and communities around the country use this time to celebrate our profession by holding events, hosting social media campaigns, honoring Great Places, adopting council resolutions, and more.

Despite the limitations due to COVID-19, we hope Washington planners can find ways to virtually recognize the ongoing work to help communities prosper. APA has a variety of resources available to help plan your event. And don’t forget to let APA-WA know what you are planning—we would love to celebrate with you!

Member Perspectives

Janet Wright, AICP

While the pandemic of COVID-19 still spreads within our communities with devastating impacts to employment, education, health care sectors and more, it has also provided a unique opportunity to deeply examine the practices and policies at all levels of government leading to the present situation.

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Get Involved with APA WA

The following committees are recruiting volunteers:

  • Communications: help share chapter updates and planning news through the newsletter, social media, and website

  • Diversity: work with the Membership committee to diversity the chapter’s membership and lead work on more equitable planning activities across the state

  • Membership: help grow and diversify the chapter’s membership. This includes helping welcome new chapter members

  • Sponsorship: recruit businesses and individuals to advertise through APA-WA’s newsletter, website, and events. Advertisements help fund chapter activities.

  • Climate and Sustainability Initiative: provide policy development, legislative analysis, planning education and targeted communications for the chapter in the broad areas of climate change and sustainability

Learn More

Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? Contact the APA WA Communications Committee, Laura Benjamin and Andrea Harris-Long, at [email protected].

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