Urban Planning Associations

Urban Planning Associations

  • American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

    Founded in 1912, the American Association of Port Authorities is a trade association which represents more than 150 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In addition, association members include more than 300 sustaining and associate members—firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere. AAPA is dedicated to serving deep draft public ports by enhancing port management professionalism, and advocating issues critical to public seaports.

    American Association of Port Authorities
    1010 Duke Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: 703.684.5700, Fax: 703.684.6321

  • American Planning Association

    American Planning Association (APA) is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.

    American Planning Association
    122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
    Chicago, IL 60603
    Phone: 312-431-9100 Fax: 312-431-9985American Planning Association
    1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20036-1904
    Phone: 202.872.0611, Fax: 202.872.0643

  • American Public Works Association

    The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services.

    American Public Works Association
    Kansas City Missouri Office
    2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 500
    Kansas City, MO 64108-2641
    Phone: 816.472.6100 Fax: 816.472.1610

    American Public Works Association
    Washington DC Office
    1401 K Street, NW, 11th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: 202.408.9541, Fax: 202.408.9542

  • Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals (APBP)

    Founded in 1995, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals promotes excellence in the emerging professional discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. Members include leaders in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, safety, and promotion fields who specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking. Members work for federal, state, regional, and local government; consulting firms; non-profit organizations and the media. The association also welcomes academics, students, and professional advocates who are committed to making bicycling and walking viable transportation options in the United States.

    PO Box 23576
    Washington, D.C. 20026


  • Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)

    AMPO is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of "metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)" nationwide. AMPO offers its member MPOs technical assistance and training, conferences and workshops, frequent print and electronic communications, research, a forum for transportation policy development and coalition building, and a variety of other services. Full-membership in AMPO is open to all MPOs and an associate membership is available to all interested parties.

    Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
    1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Suite 608
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202.296.7051, Fax: 202.296.7054

  • Community Development Society (CDS)

    The International Community Development Society (CDS), founded in 1969, is a professional association for community development practitioners and citizen leaders around the world. CDS members represent a variety of fields: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, economic development practitioners, citizen groups, and more.

    CDS Administrative Offices
    17 S. High St., Suite. 200
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614.221.1900 x217, Fax: 614.221.1989

  • Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)

    Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that was founded in 1993. We work with architects, developers, planners, and others involved in the creation of cities and towns, teaching them how to implement the principles of the New Urbanism. These principles include coherent regional planning, walkable neighborhoods, and attractive, accommodating civic spaces. CNU has over 2,000 members throughout the United States and around the world. We sponsor annual conferences, known as Congresses, for the sharing and discussion of best practices in New Urbanism.

    Congress for the New Urbanism
    The Hearst Building
    5 Third Street, Suite 725
    San Francisco, CA 94103-3296
    Phone: 415.495.2255, Fax: 415.495.1731

  • Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

    The Environmental Design Research Association is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1968 by design professionals, social scientists, educators, facility managers, and students. The purpose of EDRA is the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built and natural surroundings, and helping to create environments responsive to human needs.

    Post Office Box 7146
    Edmond, OK 73083-7146
    Phone: 405.330.4863, Fax: 405.330.4150

  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

    The ICMA is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world. Since 1914, ICMA has provided technical and management assistance, training, and information resources to its members and the local government community.

    International City/County Management Association
    777 North Capitol Street, NE
    Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20002-4201
    Phone: 202.289.4262

  • International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

    ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. ICOMOS provides a forum for professional dialogue and a vehicle for the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information on conservation principles, techniques, and policies.

    National Building Museum
    401 F Street, NW, Room 331
    Washington, D.C. 20001

  • International Downtown Association (IDA)

    The International Downtown Association is a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. Through its network of committed individuals, its rich body of knowledge, and its unique capacity to nurture community-building partnerships, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well being of towns, cities, and regions throughout the world.

    International Downtown Association
    1250 H Street, NW 10th Floor
    Washington D.C. USA 20005
    Phone: 202.393.6801, Fax: 202.393.6869

  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

    In 2001, the Council for Urban Economic Development (CUED) and the American Economic Development Council (AEDC)—the nation's largest economic development organizations—joined forces to become one: the International Economic Development Council. The IEDC is now the largest membership organization serving economic developers around the world. Our membership base consists of thousands of professionals with unparalleled expertise and collective influence, including: public agency professionals; utilities; non-profits; consultants; corporate development professionals; educational institutions.

    734 15th Street NW, Suite 900
    Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: 202.223.7800, Fax: 202.223.4745

  • National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

    The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides training, information and representation for regional development organizations in small metropolitan and rural America. The association, a public interest group founded in 1967, is the largest and leading advocate for a regional approach to community, economic and rural development and provides a network for its members to share ideas and innovations.

    National Association of Development Organizations
    400 North Capitol St., NW, Suite 390
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: 202.624.7806, Fax: 202.624.8813

  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

    NAHB is the voice of America's housing industry, with a federation of more than 800 state and local builders associations. To achieve an overall mission of member satisfaction, NAHB concentrates on providing: balanced national legislative, regulatory and judicial public policy; public appreciation for the importance of housing and those who provide it; resources for industry information, education, research, and technical expertise; improved business performance of its members and affiliates; effective management of staff, financial, and physical resources to satisfy the association's needs.

    National Association of Home Builders
    1201 15th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: 800.368.5242, Fax: 202.266.8559

  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)

    The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans-particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes. Our members administer HUD programs such as Public Housing, Section 8, CDBG and HOME.

    National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
    630 Eye Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: 202.289.3500, Fax: 202.289.8181

  • National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)

    The National Association of Regional Councils is the preeminent alliance for fostering regional cooperation and building regional communities. NARC advocates for regional approaches with federal and state governments; provide training and technical assistance on the latest regional developments; and conduct research on timely regional topics. For more than three decades, NARC has represented multi-purpose regional councils of government that assist community leaders and citizens in developing common strategies for addressing cross-cutting transportation, economic development, air and water quality, social equity, growth, and other challenges. Today, NARC welcomes membership from other public, private, academic, nonprofit, and civic regional organizations and interests as we work to engage the regional community in achieving regional excellence.

    National Association of Regional Councils
    1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    Phone: 202.986.1032, Fax: 202.986.1038

  • National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT)

    The purpose of the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) is to strengthen the effectiveness of town and township government. NATaT does this by educating lawmakers and public policy officials about how small town governments operate and by advocating policies on their behalf in Washington, D.C.

    National Association of Towns and Townships
    1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202.331.8500

  • National Civic League (NCL)

    Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the National Civic League (NCL) is a 109-year-old non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening citizen democracy by transforming democratic institutions. NCL accomplishes its mission through technical assistance, training, publishing, research, and the All-America City Awards, the nation's oldest and most prestigious community recognition program.

    Denver (National Headquarters)
    National Civic League
    1445 Market St. Suite 300
    Denver, CO 80202
    Phone: 303.571.4343, Fax: 303.571.4404


    Washington, D.C.
    National Civic League
    1319 F Street, NW Suite 204
    Washington, DC 20004
    Phone: 202.783.2961, Fax: 202.347.2161

  • National Community Development Association (NCDA)

    NCDA is a national nonprofit organization comprised of more than 550 local governments across the country that administer federally-supported community and economic development, housing, and human service programs, including programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. Since 1968, NCDA has been at the forefront in securing effective and responsive housing and community development programs for local governments. The Association provides timely, direct information and technical support to its members on federal housing and community development programs.

    National Community Development Association
    522 21st St., NW, #120
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202.293.7587, Fax: 202.887.5546

  • National League of Cities (NLC)

    The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. Working in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a national resource to and an advocate for the more than 18,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents. The unique partnership among NLC, the 49 state municipal leagues, and the elected leaders of the 1,700 member cities and 18,000 state league cities provides a powerful network for information sharing and for speaking on behalf of America's cities in Washington, D.C. and all state capitols.

    The National League of Cities
    1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 550
    Washington, DC 20004
    Phone: 202.626.3000, Fax: 202.626.3043

  • Planners Network

    The Planners Network is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in our political and economic systems. The Planners Network seeks to be an effective political and social force, working with other progressive organizations to inform public opinion and public policy and to provide assistance to those seeking to understand, control, and change the forces which affect their lives.

    Planners Network
    c/o 106 West Sibley Hall
    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY 14853

  • Public Housing Authorities Directors Association

    Founded in 1979, PHADA represents the professional administrators of approximately 1,900 housing authorities from all over the United States. PHADA works closely with Members of Congress in efforts to develop sensible and effective public housing statutes, and obtain adequate funding for low-income housing programs. The association also serves as an advocate before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on a variety of regulations governing public housing nationwide.

    Public Housing Authorities Directors Association
    511 Capitol Court, NE
    Washington, DC 20002-4937
    Phone: 202.546.5445, Fax: 202.546.2280 or 202.543.4381

  • Regional Plan Association (RPA)

    Since 1922, RPA has worked to improve the quality of life in the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area by creating long-term comprehensive plans and promoting their implementation across political boundaries. RPA recommends policy initiatives and physical and human infrastructure investments and involves the public in considering and shaping its future. RPA takes positions on major current public policy issues and works constructively and cooperatively on a non-partisan basis with public and private sector interests to advance its agenda.

    Regional Plan Association (RPA)
    4 Irving Place, 7th floor
    New York, NY 10003
    Phone: 212.253.2727, Fax: 212.253.5666

  • Smart Growth Network

    In 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN). The network was formed in response to increasing community concerns about the need for new ways to grow that boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality. The network's partners include environmental groups, historic preservation organizations, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests; local and state government entities. The SGN is a forum for: raising public awareness of how growth can improve community quality of life; promoting smart growth best practices; developing and sharing information, innovative policies, tools and ideas; and cultivating strategies to address barriers to advance opportunities for smart growth.

    Smart Growth Network
    c/o International City/County Management Association
    777 North Capitol Street, NE Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20002
    Phone: 202.962.3623

  • Urban Affairs Association

    The Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers. UAA exists to encourage the dissemination of information about urbanism and urbanization, support the development of university education, research, and service programs in urban affairs, and provide leadership in fostering urban affairs as a professional and academic field.

    Urban Affairs Association
    College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy
    Center for Community Research and Services
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716

  • Urban and Regional Information System Association (URISA)

    URISA is a non-profit association of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges in all state and local government agencies and departments. URISA is considered to be the premier organization for the use and integration of spatial information technology to improve the quality of life in urban and regional environments. Through its international, national and local chapter operations, URISA serves nearly 7,000 professionals worldwide.

    1460 Renaissance Dr., Suite 305
    Park Ridge, IL 60068
    Phone: 847.824.6300, Fax: 847.824.6363

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)

    The Urban Land Institute is a community of practice for those engaged in the entrepreneurial and collaborative process of real estate development and land use policy-making. Founded in 1936, ULI now has 17,000 members working in the public and private sectors, a staff of 100 in Washington, D.C., and a $27 million operating budget. ULI members are the people that plan, develop and redevelop neighborhoods, business districts and communities across the U.S. and around the world-experts from 13 different product sectors and 26 disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.

    Urban Land Institute
    1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite 500 West
    Washington, DC 20007
    Phone: 202.624.7000, Fax: 202.624.7140

  • WTS International

    Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. Boasting roughly 4,400 members—both men and women—WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.

    Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)
    1701 K Street, NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202.955.5085, Fax: 202.955.5088
    Email: membership@wtsinternational.org