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Private Planning Practice Handbook

The APA Private Practice Division offers our division members an exclusive benefit: the fully revised 2023 edition of our popular Private Planning Practice Handbook, an outstanding publication with insightful information for prospective, novice, and seasoned planning consultants. Topics include as "Organizing the Planning Consulting Business," "Project Management," "The Personal Side of Consulting," and many useful templates, including a sample agreement for services.

Division members may download this exclusive benefit here.

We are proud to have this exciting publication to offer our division members.


The Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners is an informal federation of planning consultants has been organized to promote the private sector of the planning profession to improve planning services to both public and private clients and to participate cooperatively with all planning groups and activities.


What's the difference between an RFP and an RFQ? When do public agencies use them? How should consultants evaluate when to respond ... or, not?

ABCs of RFPs and RFQs is a PowerPoint presentation offered to Private Practice Division members for use at a state chapter or regional conference session. The presentation is aimed at planning agencies seeking consultant services and planning consultants seeking work. The PowerPoint can be used as a continuing education session or program to educate and generate thoughtful discussion on a relevant topic.

The PowerPoint can also be used by Private Practice Division members as an effective tool to hone your skills in pursuing RFPs or RFQs to further your practice.

ABCs of RFPs and RFQs (ppt)

ABCs of RFPs and RFQs (pdf)


The "ABCs of RFPs and RFQs" PowerPoint is a joint effort produced by:

Paulette M. Carolin, FAICP, Principal Planner, Regional Transportation Commission, Las Vegas, NV; Robert S. Cowell, Jr., AICP, Director of Planning, City of College Station, TX; and Allan A. Hodges, FAICP, Senior Professional Associate, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston, MA.

With, special thanks to our "PowerPoint technicians": Deborah L. Myerson, AICP, Deborah Myerson Planning & Development Consulting, Bloomington, IN; and Tim Case, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Boston, MA. Exclusive Networking Site

This APA PPD networking platform, offers a virtual gathering place for Private Practice Division members to support community building, practical advice, and collegial communication -- that is also privacy-friendly and readily accessible to members with an email address.

PPD Conversations

Monthly conversations with other planners in private practice about various topics that improve your skills and advance your private planning career.

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