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The American Planning Association is a nonprofit public interest and research organization representing over 40,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.

The mission of the APA Texas is to advocate the profession of planning, providing expertise and processes that empower citizens to be engaged in the development and sustainability of Great Communities in Texas. Click here to learn more.

APA by the Numbers

  • 35,000 members from 100+ countries
  • 47 chapters throughout the United States
  • 21 divisions that embrace the wide range of planning
  • Two office locations: Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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The American Planning Association was created in 1978 by the consolidation of the American Institute of Planners and the American Society of Planning Officials, but its roots extend to 1909 and the first National Conference on City Planning in Washington, D.C.

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