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September/October 2021 Volume XXXV, Issue 5

October 5, 2021

Join the Puget Sound Section in a virtual map-a-thon on October 5 to contribute to resiliency and disaster relief in developing countries.

The Transit-Oriented Development Hybrid Event held Friday, October 08, will feature virtual expert panels and in-person walking tours of local TOD implementation projects. 

Register Today! The 2021 Joint Washington-Oregon APA Chapter Conference will be held virtually this year, on October 13–15, 2021.

Are you interested in equity in planning? Please join us virtually on Thursday, October 14, 2021, for a virtual discussion on the role of APA WA in furthering EDI work.

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

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President's Message

Chapter President, Nancy Eklund, AICP

Robert Burns had some prescient words about the 2020 and 2021: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Although we made some progress on a few items, my term as APA Washington chapter president was unfortunately not what I’d hoped for or expected. COVID threw a big wrench into things; that said, fortunately, our planning community is largely still intact, in both health and employment. We are all adjusting to a new norm and making the best of what still seems an unnatural way to interact and do business.  A resumption of relative “normalcy” can’t come fast enough!

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Congratulations to the New Chapter and Section Leaders

The Chapter recently participated in APA National’s consolidated election process. Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 election by voting or by submitting a nomination. 

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Fall Conference “Growing Together Virtually 2.0” Update

Register now the 2021 OAPA/APA WA Virtual Joint Planning Conference, October 13–15

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Time is Running Out to Apply for a Student Scholarship

Washington APA is providing a limited number of student scholarships to attend the 2021 Chapter Virtual Joint Conference, October 13-15. Please submit an application by Friday, October 8 to be considered for a scholarship.

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Provide Input on the 2022 Legislative Priorities

Update from the Legislative Committee as they gear up for the 2022 session.

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Learn about the latest from the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

Are you interested in equity in planning? 

Please join us on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 4:00–4:45 PM for a virtual discussion on the role of APA WA in furthering EDI work with the Board, Chapter, and in the planning profession across the state.

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Forget Electric Cars, Electric Buses are Coming Fast and Furious

Electric vehicles are the future of transportation. Look at any of the recent autoshows in the last couple of years—every car company is showcasing their new electric concept car. It goes 500 miles on a charge! It charges to 80% battery in just 30 minutes! It will drive itself! You can control it with your smartphone! The electric revolution looks promising, but it will not happen with personal vehicles first; electric buses are already supplanting their fossil fuel counterparts. This transition is happening not just in places like California and New York, they're coming to Washington State, and they're coming fast.

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Commission on Aging 2020 Annual Report

The Clark County Commission on Aging pivots their work to focus on COVID-19 and older adults.

We know that the aging population is growing substantially. By 2035, the United States will, for the first time ever, be a country that has more older adults than children. By that time, here in Clark County, more than 25% of the population, or one in four residents, will be 60 and better.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Missing Maps Project 

Join the Puget Sound Section in contributing to resiliency and disaster relief in developing countries. Together with the Missing Maps Project, we are hosting a virtual map-a-thon where we will be using aerial imagery to chart roads and buildings in previously unmapped areas, which are essential for aid workers when a disaster strikes.

We will be meeting virtually on October 5, 2021.

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PSS Webinars a Success

The Puget Sound Section is celebrating our first year of virtual webinars! Since January 2021 we have provided an opportunity for eight free AICP CM credits (with more to come!). Together, we have learned about topics ranging from food systems to multimodal mobility. We even offered the required law and ethics trainings!

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Update from the University of Washington MUP Program

Both new and returning UW students are excited for the beginning of the school year starting September 29. Returning students have been busy this summer with numerous internships, fellowships, and research projects.

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Transformational Development: Breaking Down Barriers to TOD

Community-led development and public sector leadership are integral to advancing racial equity in transit-oriented development (TOD).

Join industry and community leaders on Friday, October 8 for an event to explore innovative techniques and best practices in building thriving and equitable transit-oriented development throughout the region.

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

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