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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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President's  Message


I look forward to taking over the helm at the National Association of Planning Councils. I appreciate all of the work done by the leaders who have gone before me. The outgoing president, John Begala, has laid a solid foundation for NAPC's future.   

Our goal toward planning for healthy communities goes a long way in creating a healthy society. NAPC represents different kinds of communities from coast to coast and yet, we are all dealing with similar problems.  Some examples include:

Poverty: Inner-city and increasingly suburban. People can't move on to fully functioning contributing members of communities and society without being able to meet their basic needs. 

Violence: From domestic violence to gang violence to police brutality, violence, in all of its forms, poisons our communities. 

High rates of incarceration: The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. We have only 5% of the world's population, but 24% of the world's prison population. African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of Caucasians; Hispanics are incarcerated at nearly double the rate of Caucasians.

While there are no cookie cutter solutions to community problems, member organizations of NAPC work to effect change in their communities and share ideas and best practices that may be replicated in communities across the country and in the world. NAPC includes our neighbors in Canada. We can see similar issues across borders and their work and input is invaluable in helping us see solutions to problems as human needs regardless of where they occur.

In Illinois, the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform works to provide access to health care by making sure everyone is able to understand the care they receive through an interpretation project. In Dallas, the Community Council of Greater Dallas hired Navigators to help people get the benefits they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act. In Ohio, The Center for Community Solutions developed a video on the history of Social Security, which will celebrate its 80 anniversary in 2015, to emphasize the importance of this and other social safety net programs. (View the video)

As we work to bring societal issues and solutions to the forefront, NAPC has developed a series of quarterly webinars on salient topics led by national experts. We are hoping that the webinars inspire others to work toward solutions for their communities.

For every problem, there are solutions. At NAPC, we work together to come up with solutions that best fit our communities and have a positive impact on society as a whole. Join us.

Jacqueline West, President

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Join NAPC!

NAPC invites you to join, or renew your membership.   

2015 Membership Form 
  Membership benefits and categories  

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NAPC E-Newsletter

Read the latest issue here - and
subscribe!

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2015 NAPC Webinar Series

 

NAPC presents free quarterly webinars on high-interest topics. Members, their colleagues and other interested people are welcome to participate.

   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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New feature:  highlighting NAPC members' work!

Each month, NAPC will feature 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 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 welcomes new leadership for 2015

Transitions...  

NAPC warmly welcomes incoming President Jacqueline West, Deputy Director of the Community Council of Greater Dallas.  We are all looking forward to her leadership!

Thank you to incoming NAPC Vice President Greg Arcaro, Executive Director of the Community Planning Council in Yonkers, NY.

NAPC's outgoing President, John Begala, retired in December as Executive Director of The Center for Community Solutions in Cleveland. John has been a long-time leader in NAPC, where his outstanding service is greatly appreciated. He will continue on the NAPC Board as Past President.  (Read his reflections about this work.) John Corlett is the incoming CCS Executive Director, and is now serving as Treasurer of NAPC.

Also in transition is long-time NAPC member John Campey, Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto. NAPC sends John our best wishes as he begins his new role as Executive Director at the Ralph Thornton Centre in Toronto.

2015 Officers and Board members

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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

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

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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