From the Chair

Hello Members and Friends of FPD:

Welcome to the Federal Planning Division (FPD) of the American Planning Association (APA). I, Shenita McConis, am honored to serve as Federal Planning Division Chair for the 2024-2026 biennium. I am committed to representing the interests of planners at the federal level. I look forward to working with you to build a strong and vibrant APA Federal Planning Division that represents all our interests.

For over 35 years, FPD has built relationships and advanced Professional Planning within the Federal Government. We are committed to telling the Federal Planning message across the APA and the planning profession. We will continue to do so through engagements, communications, and training.

The Federal Planning Division (FPD) Annual Training Workshop is the premier event for federal planners, offering invaluable learning, networking, and professional development opportunities. But it's not just about attending – it's about actively contributing and shaping the future of federal planning. The 2024 FPD Annual Training Workshop will be held from 13-17 May 2024 at the National Housing Center in Washington, DC, where we will celebrate 100 years of “The Evolution of Planning.”

We are excited to celebrate the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) Centennial. The FPD training workshop will honor the creation of the first federal planning organization with an extended event in Washington, D.C.

We have a great group of dedicated volunteers on the FPD Executive Committee. However, we need YOU to ensure that the workshop and FPD is a success. Federal Planning Division Members: It's Time to Step Up! Consider this your call to action. Here are three ways YOU can make a difference: 1: Join a committee, submit a session proposal, and/or nominate deserving projects, places and people for awards.

Our successes and our future are built on the efforts of volunteers that lead our organization and create the events and programs that are the FPD. Make your mark in the evolution of planning!

If you are not currently an FPD member, you will not receive the email blasts about the workshop. Please check the status of your membership and join FPD if your membership has lapsed. More information about FPD membership is available at this site:


FPD Chair 2024 - 2026 Signature

Shenita McConis, PE, PMP, AICP

Federal Planning Division Chair

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