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The National Association
of Planning Councils


NAPC is a national non-profit organization which seeks to improve the human condition through encouraging research-based community planning and action.

Planning councils bring people together to identify needs and work toward solutions, mobilizing community involvement, developing and coordinating services, advocating for informed decisions by funders and policy makers, and linking people with community resources. 

NAPC's annual conference builds knowledge and networks.

(Above: NAPC as a visual image...created by conference speaker Sunni Brown, BrightSpot Info Design)

NAPC is the national association that fosters the unique profession of community planning.
NAPC is committed to advancing the process of bringing people together
to identify needs and work toward solutions.

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America's Social Contract:
80 Years of Social Security

The 80th Anniversary of the Social Security Act is next year.  As a polarized Congress prepares to consider major changes in economic, social and health policy, The National Association of Planning Councils and Cleveland’s Center for Community Solutions invite you to reflect on the meaning and importance of those two words – “social security”—as you watch our new video, “America’s Social Contract: 80 Years of Social Security.”  To view the video, click here.

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NAPC Fall Webinar - now available online


Special thanks to Stacey D. Stewart and all participants for a great webinar on November 19!  View it HERE.


Topic:  United Way and Community Impact

A conversation with Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President,
United Way Worldwide

 

From the United Way Worldwide website:  Stewart drives the strategic direction for United Way in the U.S., working with leaders throughout the United Way network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life.  Prior to this appointment, Stewart was Executive Vice President, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way Worldwide. Before joining United Way, Stewart was with Fannie Mae where she was Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. Prior to that appointment, Stewart was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation.  Mrs. Stewart has a master's of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University.

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Join NAPC!

The 2015 NAPC membership campaign has begun!  Please use this form to join or renew your membership in NAPC.

Membership benefits and categories   2015 Membership Form

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NAPC Member Roundtable & Planning Session:
October 1 & 2, 2014, in Washington, DC

NAPC members gathered in Washington, DC for a very productive roundtable and planning session.  On the agenda:  planning for NAPC’s future (watch for highlights soon), conversations with other members about our work, discussion of key issues of mutual interest--including suburban poverty (see below), and an update from Irv Katz on the National Assembly's work on reframing human services.  NAPC appreciates the National Assembly for hosting the meeting, and all the speakers, participants, and others who helped make the event successful.  INVITATION FLYER

Keynote speaker:  Elizabeth Kneebone, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013). Her work primarily focuses on urban and suburban poverty, metropolitan demographics, and tax policies that support low-income workers and communities. In Confronting Suburban Poverty In America she and co-author Alan Berube address the changing geography of metropolitan poverty and offer pragmatic solutions for reforming and modernizing the nation’s policy and practice framework for alleviating poverty and increasing access to opportunity.  Here is her presentation


NAPC’s meeting was planned in conjunction with the CIC (Community Indicators Consortium) annual international Impact Summit, September 29 and 30 in Washington, DC – so NAPC members could experience an excellent conference followed by our own gathering during one trip. NAPC was a CIC founding partner, and many NAPC member organizations are active in both groups.  More about the 2014 Impact Summit.

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The NAPC Webinar Series, archived


Looking back...2013-14 NAPC webinars, now available online

To help members and colleagues be connected and informed year-round, NAPC is presenting a series of free webinars on some high-interest topics identified during the annual conference. Staff, board members and community colleagues of member organizations, and other interested people, are welcome to participate. Webinars take place on Wednesday afternoons at 3 pm Central time....
4 pm Eastern time.

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July 23, Peter Cappelli -- Why Good People Can't Get Jobs


Many thanks to Peter Cappelli
and to all who participated in this excellent webinar!

 

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-’90, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University. Professor Cappelli has served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences and three panels of the National Goals for Education. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in management.

Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. Publications include The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce, which examines the decline in lifetime employment relationships, Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, which outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a “best business book” for 2008 by Booz-Allen), and The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management (with colleagues), which describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness. His 2010 book Managing the Older Worker (with Bill Novelli) dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs (2012) identifies shortfalls with current hiring practices and training practices and has been excerpted in Time Magazine (online) and reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and most major business publications. Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review.

Here is the presentation, and here is the audio recording

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May 28...Irv Katz, Reframing Human Services

Long-time NAPC colleague Irv Katz is CEO of the National Human Services Assembly.  (Left:  Irv with Martha Blaine, past NAPC President; Executive Director, Community Council of Greater Dallas.)

The National Assembly is in the midst of a multi-year initiative on reframing human services.  “Human services organizations and programs sustain cut after cut, and they are rarely mentioned in the media or political arena.  We know that human services are a critical part of the fabric of community…yet, over and over again, we find that our efforts are unable to obtain the public support we need…  Rather than continuing to try to convince Americans using the same arguments and tactics, we are…seeking a deeper understanding of WHY the support is not there...to identify the missing links needed for everyday people to make informed judgments over the allocation of public resources and prioritize human needs on the national agenda.” 

In this webinar, Irv described this important initiative and the importance of getting involved. Learn more about the reframing initiative
here, and subscribe to receive updates here

Listen to the webinar here, and view the presentation here.

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March 19, 2014...Heidi Shierholz, The State of the Labor Market
 

Heidi ShierholzEconomist Heidi Shierholz (Economic Policy Institute) is one of NAPC’s all-time-favorite conference speakers.  Heidi discussed highlights from her January 2014 issue brief, “Great Recession’s Shadow Looms Over the Labor Market,” and implications for our members’ work. 

Read the report
here

Learn more about Heidi and her work
here

 

View her PowerPoint here, and listen to the recorded webinar here. 


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November 20th, 2013
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Streamlining the Government Procurement Process
The government contract is often the foundation of nonprofit funding, and also a source of great frustration for an organization; antiquated systems, lost paperwork, and duplicative reporting take time and resources away from programs.   New York City and State have made great strides to ease the burdens on nonprofits through streamlining the procurement and contracting processes. This webinar will take you through the new systems that reduce paperwork, centralize functions, and put most of the procurement process online in one system for easy use.
  Presenter:  Michelle Jackson, General Counsel for the Human Services Council (New York City).  Michelle has helped advocate for and partnered with both the City and State on these systems and will present how they work, how they relieve burdens on nonprofits, and how your organization can advocate for similar changes.

 

You can link to the Council's website here:  www.humanservicescouncil.org

The City system here:  http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhsaccelerator/html/home/home.shtml

And the State here:  http://grantsreform.ny.gov/

 

   View the presentation here, and listen to the webinar here and here.

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September 25th, 2013...Engaging the Community for Lasting Change

Creating the change you need in a community often requires mobilizing both the "usual suspects" as well as the unusual ones. In this webinar, Ben describes how different communities have reached out to the seldom-heard to create more powerful voices for change.

Video: http://youtu.be/jET6IWp1Iag The webinar showed innovative ways to reach out and engage all members of the community to build and sustain momentum for community improvement.  Presenter: Ben Warner, President & CEO, JCCI - Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (Jacksonville, Florida).  He is a top expert and leader in our field.  Ben is a past president of NAPC, a frequent and outstanding conference presenter, and winner of NAPC's Distinguished Service Award. 

     View the presentation here, and listen to the webinar here.

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July 24, 2013...Introduction to the Affordable Care Act: Are You Ready?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law and is going to stay! Since the Affordable Care Act  was signed in March 2010, we have seen numerous changes in healthcare, and we can expect to see even greater changes in the coming months, particularly in how we obtain health insurance coverage. Planning Councils around the country have an unprecedented opportunity to partner with their communities to ensure that everyone knows how to get the coverage they need.  The beginning of enrollment:  October 1st.  Learn about the array of health coverage options and how planning councils can prepare.  Presenter: Candace King, Executive Director, DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform (Illinois); Vice President, NAPC

     View the presentation here, and listen to the webinar here.

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May 22, 2013...Changing the Frame on Needs Assessments
"The paradigm has been needs assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.  However, the requirement has been to have evidence-based practice models for implementation.  To determine if the EBP may be effective in your community, one must start with exploring whether the indicators of the EBP are evident in your community.  Overlaying a model, no matter how promising the results, into a community without similar indicators makes it unlikely to be successful.  Two models focused on prevention were explored--social determinant and adverse childhood experiences--in demonstrating the EBP to indicator approach."  Presenter: Jan Figart, MS, RN, Associate Director, Community Service Council, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (NAPC has honored Jan with the Judith Rothbaum Award for Excellence in Using Social Indicators for Community Action.)

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NAPC officers and Board members for 2014-15

Many thanks to NAPC's leadership team!  Officers are John Begala, President (The Center for Community Solutions - Cleveland, OH); Jacqueline West, Vice President (Community Council of Greater Dallas - Dallas, TX); Greg Arcaro, Secretary (Community Planning Council of Yonkers - Yonkers, NY); and Ken Slenkovich, Treasurer (The Center for Community Solutions - Cleveland, OH). 

Officers and Board members (elected in April 2014).

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About community planning and planning councils: 


   Quality community-based planning


   Planning councils' values, core competencies, roles, history

   Community building: the contribution of community planning councils

   Ten key principles ... shared by retiring long-time member Ed Schoenberger

  
2012 survey results about NAPC members' work - updated
 

About the National Association of Planning Councils:  

   NAPC News ... recent events, activities and plans, coming events, services, links

   NAPC Members ... contact information and links to members' websites

   Testimonials ... what our members value most about NAPC

   Join NAPC! ... benefits and membership categories; 2015 Membership Form

   NAPC Distinguished Service Award Honorees

   NAPC Social Indicators Report 2006; 2005 
  
Measuring What's Important; Making a Difference...Social Indicators
   as Tools for Community Action (primary author, Ben Warner, JCCI)

   Support NAPC  .  NAPC E-Newsletter: subscribe

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NAPC E-Newsletter

Please subscribe by sending NAPC your name and email address.

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Looking back...NAPC's past national conferences

NAPC's 2013 Conference- April 4-7, 2013
Community Planning at the Intersection of People and Places

At the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., and the Embassy Suites, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

The conference was outstanding!  Sincere thanks to all the speakers, planners, and participants.

Enjoy speaker presentations, interviews, and conference photos here

 


NAPC's 2012 Conference - May 4-6, 2012

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Community planning leaders and practitioners from across the U.S. and Canada
gathered to learn from top experts and exchange real-life experiences and insights.

Program, speakers, presentation and videos    More conference photos


 
NAPC welcomed community planning colleagues from Ontario, Canada (above).


2011 Conference - Alexandria, Virginia - April 15-17
"Communities in Transformation"
The economy...health care...immigration...the nonprofit sector...and more" national updates and what local communities are doing.
Videos of sessions and speaker interviews  .  Blog posts  .  Tweets  .  Photos  . 
Speakers' PowerPoints 
 .  Speakers' bios & photos
  .  Flyer

2010 Conference - Alexandria, Virginia - April 16-18
"Community Planning for the New Normal"

2009 Conference - Austin, Texas - March 2-4
"Community Planning in Turbulent Times...Staying On Top when the Bottom Falls Out"

More information...speaker presentations...conference photos

2008 Conference - Clearwater Beach, Florida - May 7-9
"Global Trends, Local Impacts"
Online photo albums:
conference, annual meeting/member recognition

2007 Conference - Minneapolis, Minnesota - May 3-5
"Making A Difference and Making It Stick: The Challenge of Building Community Infrastructure for Sustaining Positive Change"

2006 Toronto Conference
NAPC members joined planning council colleagues from all across the U.S. and Canada for NAPC's first international conference, co-sponsored with the Social Planning Network of Ontario.   

2005 NAPC/Community Indicators Consortium Conference, Washington, DC

Looking back...more NAPC c
onferences:  2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 

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The NAPC Judith Rothbaum Award
Recognizing excellence in using social indicators for community action

Congratulations to Mary Dodd,
latest recipient of the NAPC Judith Rothbaum Award!



Mary was honored for her work at CAN in Austin, Texas.

NAPC Board member Kathy Schlather (left) presented the award at the NAPC annual meeting May 5th, during the 2012 NAPC conference, where Mary's work was featured.

Video of the presentation and Mary's response

Read more: 
Mary Dodd and past honorees   Judith Rothbaum, her work, and the award

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Happy 20th Anniversary, NAPC!
Founding members Nancy Findeisen and Phil Dessauer
described NAPC's early history and led the anniversary celebration.

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