The following is a list of national organizations and governmental resources that may be of use to planners and local officials.
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.
http://www.planning.org/ – Open in New Window
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.
http://www.planetizen.com/ – Open in New Window
National Association of Regional Councils
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism. NARC advocates for and provides services to its member councils of government (COGs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).
http://www.narc.org/ – Open in New Window
NNECAPA is one of 48 Chapters and 18 Divisions within the American Planning Association (APA), and serves members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
http://www.nnecapa.org/ – Open in New Window
Urban Land Institute
Founded in 1908, Founded in 1936, the institute now has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service. As the preeminent, multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
http://www.uli.org/LearnAboutULI.aspx – Open in New Window
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
http://www.epa.gov/ – Open in New Window
The U.S. Department of Energy
The Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
http://energy.gov/ – Open in New Window
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forge new partnerships–particularly with faith-based and community organizations–that leverage resources and improve HUD’s ability to be effective on the community level.
http://www.hud.gov/ – Open in New Window
The gateway to the U.S. Census. From this site, you can accesses Census information by Geograpy using “American Factfinder” and “State and County Quick Facts”. Also available is information pertaining to the release of census information.
http://www.census.gov/ – Open in new window