Technology Division

The use of technology is integral to how communities are communicating and engaging their citizens to plan for the future. Rapidly evolving tools for community design and decision making are creating new opportunities to enhance public involvement, share information, and make more informed decisions in cities and towns throughout the country.

The American Planning Association (APA) Technology Division links you with others who share your interest in the use of technology in land use planning and community development. The division consists of members with a common interest in the uses and impact of technology in planning the future of our communities.

Our mission is to:

  • Exchange information about planning applications that incorporate and are improved through the use of technology;
  • Explore potential applications that may offer benefits to the profession;
  • Inform and educate all members of the APA about solutions that work; and,
  • Advocate for best practices in the use of technology to support planning.

Join and be part of an exciting effort to improve planning through the use of innovative technologies.

  • Receive a newly redesigned quarterly newsletter with insightful articles that will inform your work
  • Share your thoughts on and experiences with planning technology and learn from others testing and applying new applications in real planning situations
  • Volunteer to help coordinate our sponsored sessions at the annual National Planning Conference and/or other Tech Division activities
  • Participate in applied research activities
  • Ask questions and receive answers from the experts about planning technology and applications

Join the Technology Division


Webcast: Planning the Smart City

Thursday, October 19, 1-2 p.m.; FREE

Technology is increasingly playing an integral role in how we plan, build, and serve our communities, and this webinar highlights those making the most of it. Hear how three projects - all 2017 APA Technology Division Smart Cities Award winners – have realized innovative achievements by integrating Smart City applications, technological tools, and methods into the planning process. Learn how to address challenges you might encounter in your own communities and come away inspired with your own vision for a “smarter” city.

This webinar is a featured event of National Community Planning Month and available for 1 CM. 




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