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Early Registration for the APATX18 Conference Now Open

Early registration is now open for the APATX18 Annual Texas Chapter Planning Conference and Short Course for Elected and Appointed Officials. Join us in the Gulf Coast on October 17-19, 2018, at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  Texas' signature planning event will feature exciting sessions, mobile workshops, plenary and luncheon speakers, and networking events.  The Short Course offers training for Planning commissioners and elected officials. AICP members have the opportunity to receive up to 12.5 hours of Certification Maintenance credits during the conference. Early registration rates will end on August 17. 

APATX18 Registration

APATX18 Conference at a Glance

Want the scoop on what will be going on at the APATX18 Conference? Check out the session lineup, mobile workshops, evening events, conference hotels, and a pre-conference timeline to get you ready for everything APATX18 will have to offer. Oh, and don't forget your sunblock and beach towel! 

View the Conference At A Glance!

Call for 2018 Texas Planning Awards and Planning Excellence Recognition Is Open!

We are looking for Texas' best! The Call for the Annual Texas Chapter Awards Program  are open until July 13th and Planning Recognition Program applications are due TODAY! There have been some minor changes to the Texas Chapter Awards Program as the process has been moved completely online using ZoomGrants (same software for the Conference Sessions). Be sure to check out the website for updates to the Annual Texas Planning Awards and Planning Excellence Recognition Program

Due Dates:

Planning Excellence Recognition: TODAY!

Texas Planning Awards: July 13

Call for Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Conference Program Ads for APATX18

It is time to have your company logo in our newsletter! The APA Texas Chapter continues to put on great conferences primarily because we have great sponsors. We invite you to view our new 2018-2019 Sponsor and Exhibitor package and check-out additional opportunities to provide ad space in the conference program.

Torres recognized for work on Community Rating System

From The Rockport Pilot

City of Rockport Community Planner Amanda Torres was presented the Spirit of Community Award for her outstanding work on the Community Rating System, which will lead to lower risk of flooding and reduced flood insurance premiums. She was also recognized for her mitigation planning, coastal resiliency efforts, climate awareness and other planning efforts.

Torres received the award at the Resilience and Climate Awareness Community of Planning Conference, held April 30 and May 1 in Port Aransas.

She was selected from a group of deserving outstanding planners because of her dedication and successful efforts. Candidates represented organizations from all Gulf states between Texas and Florida.

Elected and Appointed and Officials Planning Workshops - North and South Texas

The APATX Chapter and its sections help to provide basic training to elected and appointed officials all across Texas. Below are two dates for training in the North Texas and South Texas regions. Additional training will be scheduled this summer and fall in Tyler, El Paso, and Midland. 

This year's event will take place at the DFW Airport Headquarters, located in the heart of the Metroplex.  Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in TWO SEPARATE, but related workshops.


Thursday, August 9th - Presented by ULI / Friday

Friday, August 10th - Elected and Appointed Officials Training led by Dave Gattis, Carol Barrett, and Abra Nusser

WHERE: DFW Airport Headquarters -  2400 Aviation Dr, DFW Airport, Texas, 75261



WHEN: Friday, August 10 - Elected and Appointed Officials Training led by Ann Bagley and Xavier Cervantes

WHERE: Mission Special Events Center - 1201 E. 8th Street, Mission, Texas 78572

RSVP: Xavier Cervantes at xcervantes@cityofsanjuantexas.com


Featured Planning Legend Video: David Pugh, FAICP

David Pugh, FAICP was employed professionally as an urban planner in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. In 1976 he was employed as an Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. From 1981 to 1985 he served as the Head of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. He developed an educational workshop for city planning and zoning commissioners. David taught it at over 100 Texas municipalities. He established the Texas Target Cities Program in which Texas A&M faculty and students created comprehensive urban plans for dozens of cities across Texas.

In 1999 he was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award by the A&M Association of Former Students. In that same year he received the highest honor that an urban planner can achieve when he was made a Fellow in the first class of fellows by the American Institute of Certified Planners. He retired from Texas A&M in 2004, but continued to teach an occasional class in land use law. In 2015 he was the recipient of the “Legends of Texas” award given by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.

David Pugh, FAICP passed away on December 26, 2017.

Click here to watch Mr. Pugh's interview for the Texas Oral History Project! The APA Texas Oral History Project currently has over 40 interviews with planning leaders and legends. Subscribe to the Channel now!

Texas Planners Pass the May AICP Exam

Congratulations to the newest Texas AICPs and AICP Candidates! 29 Texas planners passed the May exam!

Hayley Angel, AICP Candidate        Aubrey Jahelka, AICP Candidate

Jennifer Arnold                                  Renee Johns

Brian Block                                        Ryun Jung Lee

Karina Brasgalla, AICP Candidate    Cynthia Martin

Peter Bratt                                         Danielle Mathews

Korey Brooks                                     Peter Morgan

Andreina Dávila-Quintero                  John Norton

Jean Drew                                          Ellen Ray

William Dunlop                                   Will Rugeley

Lindsay Hackett, AICP Candidate     Matthew Simmont

Aaron Hanley                                     Melissa Spriegel, AICP Candidate

Alaina Helton                                     Chris Stansbury

Jeffrey Howell                                    Jeewasmi Thapa, AICP Candidate

Allyssa Hrynyk                                   Katharine Wettick

Bryan Isham

Also, four Texas planners earned their Advanced Specialty Certification in May:

Jason Ficht, AICP CUD
Alfredo Lopez, AICP CTP
Robert McHaney, AICP CTP
Diana Vargas, AICP CTP

Prepare for the November AICP Exam!

APATX has many resources to help you prepare for the AICP exam. Stay tuned for information regarding workshops and exam scholarships!

An AICP Exam Workshop will take place on October 17 in Galveston prior to the APATX18 Conference from 12:30 to 6:30pm. Register here for the workshop! Registration is $60. 

Stay engaged and win!

Be sure to stay engaged with your fellow Texas planners and watch out for opportunities to earn entries into monthly drawings for a gift card!

Log your eligible actions here! The list of eligible actions per month will be updated on the first of the month and shared frequently throughout the month on the Chapter's social media platforms!

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