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President's Message - June 2015

It is with great sadness that I announce that the National Association of Planning Councils (NAPC) has disbanded due to a critical decrease in membership and funding streams.

On April 23, 2015, the Board of Directors voted to:

(1)  proceed to an orderly dissolution of the corporation no later than July 30, 2015,
(2)  then convene a discussion among those who are interested about maintaining contact;
(3)  commend coordinator Sharon Clark and the leadership for their hard work and leadership to this cause;
(4)  return any assets left over to the source of the assets on a pro rata basis; and
(5)  give the President discretion to make decisions on any issues that may arise.

NAPC was the vehicle that helped community leaders from across North America convene, research and discuss issues that affected their communities. While the organization is disbanding, its value is never-ending.

Jacqueline West, President

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The NAPC website will continue to be online through the end of September.  Members and others interested in NAPC and planning councils are encouraged to archive information they wish to keep.

Spring 2015 President's Message:  the value of planning councils' work

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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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NAPC Webinar Archives

NAPC has presented free quarterly webinars on high-interest topics.

   Past NAPC webinars are now available online, HERE
 


Looking back...

April 15 Webinar: 
The Census Project
Phil Sparks, Co-Director

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 -- 3:30 pm EST

The Census Project is a collaborative of more than 600 professional organizations, civil rights groups, labor unions, business organizations and state and local government groups. All are data users of both the decennial and the American Community Survey (ACS). The Census Project seeks to ensure that proper resources and planning go into both Census 2020 and the ACS. The project conducts congressional briefings, issues timely fact sheets and blog posts, maintains a website for policymakers and the press, and issues press releases on Census 2020 planning and the ACS.

Learn more...visit the website and subscribe to the blog 

Here is the PowerPoint and here is the webinar recording


January 21 Webinar: 
Suburbanization of Poverty
Elizabeth Kneebone, Brookings

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 -- 4 pm EST

Elizabeth Kneebone is 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. 

     Webinar recording
 

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Highlighting NAPC members' work

Each month, NAPC has featured the work of one of our member organizations.

This month:  the Community Council of Greater Dallas Read more!

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America's Social Contract:
80 Years of Social Security

The 80th Anniversary of the Social Security Act is this 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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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
 

About the National Association of Planning Councils:  

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

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

Testimonials ... what our members value most about NAPC

The NAPC Webinar Series

NAPC Distinguished Service Award Honorees

NAPC Judith Rothbaum Social Indicators 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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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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