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We envision a planning landscape where private practitioners are valued contributors to planning profession, recognized for the value they add to the communities they serve, and for the services they provide to public agencies.


Our Mission is to support our members’ efforts to provide high-quality professional services to both public and private-sector clients that promote equity and reflect the highest professional and ethical standards of the planning profession.


To accomplish the mission, we work both to strengthen the membership and to advocate for the private planning profession. Strategies we employ include:

  • Networking events and discussion forums that facilitate not only member-to-member connections but interactions with other APA divisions
  • Developing and distributing information and tools such as the Private Practice Handbook, which support a successful practice
  • Educational sessions in a range of formats that encourage the exchange of ideas and information with other practitioners
  • Opportunities to promote the private sector practice, build relationships, and gain exposure and visibility within PPD and APA


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