You can support the planning profession by participating one or more of the Chapter's committees. You do not have to be on the board of directors to serve on a committee. If interested in joining a committee, please contact the Chapter office or the committee chair.
The Awards Committee implements the awards program including refining of criteria to clearly define each category. They solicit awards submittals, devise a strategy for reviewing the awards submittals, and meet to select award winners. They develop the script for the awards program to be presented at the state conference and work with the Conference Chair to present a strong and positive awards program at the state conference.
The Conference Committee forms a year in advance and meets as appropriate to plan. They prepare "save the date" marketing materials, develop a theme and subject tracks that will provide an educational experience. They prepare a Call for Sessions to solicit session submittals that include presenters that will prepare and present the session, and then meet to select sessions. They contract for a keynote and plenary speakers consistent with the conference theme. They develop unique Opening Reception and Planners' Bazaar experiences, and work with the Awards Chair to provide a positive Awards Luncheon. They also work to promote the conference and prepare on-site materials.
The Legislative Committee develops and maintains a legislative activities program for the Chapter. They host regular legislative committee conference calls. They work with the Chapter's legislative policy adviser to monitor legislator as it pertains to planning and carry out the Chapter's legislative agenda. They develop and oversee a process to solicit the views of the membership on legislative issues and priorities. They develop a strategy to help facilitate new planning legislation to improve the planning process. They work with other organizations on legislative affairs and areas of mutual concern. They develop and market Planners' Day at the Capitol each year. They represent the Chapter at the national legislative conference each year.
The Membership Committee conducts an annual membership satisfaction survey with a goal to increase memberships throughout the year. They review and develop a campaign to recruit targeted groups. They promote free student memberships at Arizona universities.
Native American Committee
The Native American Committee works with Arizona tribal governments and their planning programs to encourage participation with the Chapter and the committee. They implement planning presentations and workshops with Arizona tribal governments, which relate to Arizona planning initiatives. They work with Arizona universities to support planning and Native American programs. They write and submit periodic news and stories to the Chapter newsletter relating to planning initiatives on tribal community lands. They plan mixers and planning related activities with the Phoenix-metropolitan area and Arizona tribal areas. They establish a budget, hold fundraisers, and collect donations.
Newsletter / Social Media Committee
The Newsletter / Social Media Committee assists with gathering articles of interest for the Chapter newsletter and social media platforms. They solicit articles from board members and Chapter members. They review, organize, and edit articles to be submitted to the Chapter Executive Director for production in the newsletter. They work to increase the Chapter's social media exposure and participation. Thee promote Chapter events and other relevant events in the newsletter and through social media.
Nominations / Elections Committee
The Nominations / Elections Committee develops a strategy for recruitment of qualified candidates for annual elections. They encourage nominations through the Chapter newsletter and social media platforms. They obtain at least two candidates for each open position in conformance with any applicable criteria in the bylaws for board approval. They work with the APA national elections coordinator to ensure all candidate statements and photos are uploaded.
Professional Development Committee
The Professional Development Committee works to implement the professional development program to include six professional development events annually, such as workshops, brown bag presentations, and webinars that provide the opportunity for Certification Maintenance credits. They work to identify the annual professional development program with dates and topics in January of each year for board input. They develop materials and market the program to members and nonmembers. They offer one AICP exam preparation workshop each year as well as one ethics and one law workshop each year. They ensure the Chapter's compliance with the Certification Maintenance program and work to meet the continuing education needs of AICP members, both rural and urban. They advise and counsel members and the AICP program. They conduct an annual membership survey to determine topics of interest.
Student Affairs / Young Planners Group
The Student Affairs Committee works with students to organize and implement a student/professional mixer at each university. They support and participate in the mentoring program by providing mentorship to students and planners at the beginning of their careers. They market the mentorship program. They identify a list of planners who will volunteer to be speakers at student group meetings and coordinate their speaking engagement with student leaders. They coordinate a student internship program statewide.
Women in Planning Group
The WPG was created in 2019 by the APA Arizona Chapter as part of their 2019 Strategic Plan to support the 2018 APA Diversity and Inclusion Mission, Vision and Strategy. During their first year, the WPG held five events and garnered over 100 members. A leadership committee was established who will work on mission and vision statements for 2020 as well as organize additional networking and educational events including coordination of a state conference session on diversity and inclusion.