The Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) was established in Cleveland, Ohio in October 1919 by Alfred Bettman, a locally based lawyer who later penned the amicus curiea brief that helped to achieve the decision that open the doors for the use of zoning across the United States. The OPC was the organization that provided the funds for Mr. Bettman to file the brief. Mr. Ernest J. Bohn also played a hand in the founding of the association and was the president of OPC. Mr. Bohn, an innovator in public housing in the Cleveland vicinity, along with another originator Charlotte Rumfold and Mr. Bettman have been acknowledged through the APA’s national planning pioneer program.
Initially established, for the “interchange of ideas upon, and to promote the cause of, city, town and regional planning in the State of Ohio”, as the Ohio State Conference on City Planning. A chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) the OPC was an organization of planners and citizens that advocated regional and city planning in Ohio. The OPC was the second oldest chapter of the American Planning Association.
The Ohio Planning Conference changed the name in 2010 to the American Planning Association and continues to do great work under the new moniker.
American Planning Association – Who Are They?
So what does the American Planning Association do and what is their mission? They are a not for profit, independent, educational association that delivers guidance and direction in the growth and expansion of dynamic neighborhoods by promoting brilliance in community planning and education, as well as citizen empowerment. They deliver assistance providing the encouragement and tools essential to endure the industry challenges of development and change.
By becoming an APA member you unite with thousands and thousands of like-minded people that share their commitment and enthusiasm to developing vibrant and vital communities.
American Planning Association – Los Angeles 2012
At this don’t miss conference, for four informative days from April 14th to 17th, 2012 the APA will be hosting their National Planning Conference in sunny Los Angeles. Where they will be providing an assortment of sessions, events, tours and workshops that offer not only industry education but career building and professional development opportunities. A great conference for industry pros looking to acquire knowledge and mingle with like-minded professionals while staying on top of what is happening industry wise.
If you are in fact attending this national planning conference, make note, do not miss the Planning Expo. The Planning Expo is jam packed with exhibitors marketing their goods and services and a perfect place to catch up on all the latest and greatest. This is the locale where members will have the opportunity to meet and network with great people but also assess and stay on top of what is new and exciting in the planning field.
With thousands of participants attending, the APA National Planning Conference in Los Angeles from April 14th -17th is definitely the place to be.