Our Chapter The Tennessee Chapter
The Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association helps carry out the mission of the APA for planning professionals who live and work in the Volunteer State. Officially founded in 1979, hundreds of members from the peaks of Mountain City to the river bluffs of Memphis work together to advance the planning profession in our state.
Introduction, Mission, and Vision
We’re the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and diverse vehicle for local fulfillment of the professional interests of APA members and of the urban planning profession generally. The Chapter and its members, through their knowledge and experience in planning, help to shape communities and environments that are responsive to the needs and problems of society. The Chapter carries out the objectives and mission of APA by:
- Advancing the art and science of the urban planning profession;
- Encouraging the exchange of information, ideas, and professional experience;
- Promoting interest in, and the welfare of, the planning profession as both a profession and an integral part of the public policy process, both locally and nationally;
- Sponsoring activities that advance the overall goals and objectives of APA and the urban planning profession;
- Encouraging the growth and enhancement of planning education and preparation, particularly, but not limited to, at the university and graduate levels;
- Fostering a professional community among members;
- Providing members with opportunities for professional growth and development;
- Promoting and maintaining professional exchanges and cross-communication with planning-related professions; and
- Reflecting the diverse personal backgrounds of those in the planning profession as well as those impacted by the planning process.
Strategic Plan 2015-2020
We adopted our new 5-year plan on September 21st, 2016. Review the plan here.
The Executive Board
The Board is responsible for organizing TAPA events, such as local planning conferences, awards ceremonies, social happy hours, volunteer opportunities, and CM & AICP training. The board also promotes planning in the community and encourages professional development within the industry.