The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested in planning. 

Approximately 2500 members strong, the Chapter works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through workshops, meetings, an annual conference, legislative monitoring and public awareness efforts. Members participate with various groups with shared values and goals. 

The Chapter is a partner of the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI), along with Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. The Institute provides training to planning commission members, zoning officers and zoning hearing board  members throughout Pennsylvania.\

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Member benefits include:

    • First to receive planning news from PA Chapter
    • Build and improve your resume
    • Reduced rates for educational classes and Annual Conference
    • FREE job postings
    • FREE postings for internship opportunities
    • FREE RFP/RFQ postings
    • Work towards AICP certification, which includes a FREE AICP exam prep session
    • PMPEI courses are available throughout the state
    • Joining the Chapter’s advocacy efforts through the Legislative Committee
    • Encouraging healthy community design in Pennsylvania by joining Healthy Communities in Pennsylvania task force
    • Members are automatically part of their local section:
      • Reduced rates on educational classes
      • Networking opportunities
      • Mentorship programs
      • And so much!!

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Chapter Membership Categories

Student: It’s easier and more affordable than ever for students and new planners to get started in APA. In fact, membership is now free for any student actively enrolled or matriculated in any university or college degree program. It remains free for the duration of an individual’s studies. “Free” includes APA, APA chapter, and AICP membership as well as membership in up to five APA divisions. Student members will be eligible for two years of reduced dues after ending their studies.

With free membership and lots of benefits, the American Planning Association is where you belong!

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Emerging Professional: Entitled to one vote and all membership benefits. Emerging Professional will be in this category for the first 5 years and starting the 6th year will be moved to “Individual Professional” membership.
              Emerging Professional – $57

Individual Membership: Entitled to one vote and all membership benefits.
              Professional – $114
              Citizen – $83

Non-Profit Organizations: Includes up to three (3) members, each of whom receives all membership benefits.  Each organization designates one (1) voting member.
              Non Profit – $86

Consultant: Includes up to seven (7) members, each of whom receives all membership benefits.  Each organization designates (1) voting member.
              Consultant – $279

Organizational Membership: Includes up to ten (10) members, each of whom receives all membership benefits.*  Each organization designates one (1) voting member. 
              Municipalities over 100,000 – $279
              Municipalities between 25,000-100,000 – $162
              Municipalities between 2,000-24,999 – $112
              Municipalities less than 2,000 – $88
              Counties Classes 2, 2A, 3 – $279
              Counties Classes 4 and 5 – $178
              Counties Classes 6, 7, 8 – $139
              Municipal Authorities – $86
              Regional Authorities – $139
              Joint County & Regional Agencies – $279
              State Offices – $279

*Organizational Membership may add additional members from the same agency for $15.00 each to a maximum of 5 members.

Membership dues run by the calendar year (January through December).  New members joining after March 31st should call the office (717-671-4510) for a prorated amount; if you are joining between January 1st through March 31st, you will pay the full dues amount.   

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