Puget Sound Section

Call for nominations to serve on the Puget Sound Section Board or the Young Planners Group (YPG) board due Friday, July 25, 2014

Are you interested in serving on the Puget Sound Section or Young Planners Group Board?

Nominations for the Puget Sound Section Board or Young Planners Group Board (self-nominations are welcome!) can be directed to Stefanie Young, PSS Vice President at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We ask that nominations be accompanied by a brief candidate statement (+/- 100 words) and photo that will be published with the election ballot in August. We also ask that all nominations and candidate statements are submitted no later than July 25, 2014. Thanks for your interest!

We need to fill the following positions starting September 2014 — August 2016

Puget Sound Section Board Openings:

Position Descriptions
http://washington-apa.org/documents/sections/PSS_Bylaws_2012.docx

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • King County Representative (Live or Work in King Co.)
  • Pierce County Representative (Live or Work in Pierce Co.)

Young Planners Group Board Openings:

Position Descriptions
http://ypgpugetsound.weebly.com/elections.html

  • President
  • President-Elect
  • King County Representative (Live or Work in King Co.)
  • Pierce County Representative (Live or Work in Pierce Co.)
  • Snohomish County Representative (Live or Work in Pierce Co.
  • Appointment of:
    • Chairs of our Communications Committee
    • Professional Development Committee

What are the responsibilities of a Puget Sound Section Board Member?

  • Be a member of Washington APA (minimum).
  • Commit to a two year term from August 2014– June 2016. There will be opportunities, during this cycle, to participate/volunteer for the National Conference in 2015.
  • Participate in 2.5 hour (average) board meeting every month in person or by conference call.
  • Commit approximately 8 hours per month to various PSS businesses and programs.
  • The County Representatives will be responsible for helping to plan a minimum of 2 Brown Bag events a year and coordinate with the Young Planners Group County Representatives on various activities.
  • Actively participate in decision-making on conference calls, through e-mail, web-based discussions, and sponsorship campaigns.
  • Be a positive representative for the 900+ members of the Puget Sound Section.

If serving on the PSS Board is something that interests you, or even just something you'd like to learn more about, current Board members are happy to talk with you and share more information. Just email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What are the responsibilities of a Young Planners Group Board Member?

  • Reside in Puget Sound and include planners who are under age 35, are students, or are professionals with less than 5 years of experience in the field.
  • Participate in a monthly meeting (meetings usually involve free food).
  • Determine overall goals, policies and plans for YPG work plan.
  • Participate in planning events and programming.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for collaboration with other planning-related organizations,
  • Be a leader in providing opportunities for mentorship, professional development and volunteering opportunities.

If serving on the YPG Board is something that interests you, or even just something you'd like to learn more about, current Board members are happy to talk with you and share more information. Just email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Look for out for your ballots in August!

This year's election will be conducted electronically with on-line ballots. A link to the ballot will be e-mailed directly to each member of the Puget Sound Section. It's important that all members register their current e-mail address on the National APA website to ensure receipt of the on-line ballot: http://www.planning.org/. Watch your in-box for the ballot!

Call for Mentors and Mentees

The APA WA Puget Sound Section Young Planners Group is recruiting young planners for its 2014-2015 mentorship program.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with Puget Sound-area professionals with deep experience in the field who can offer guidance, perspective and career advice. Last year's participants have used the program to explore new planning specialties, learn about planning work in different sectors, and to hear first-hand about the challenges that can arise in the field.

The program runs from September to May, culminating in a graduation celebration. Mentors are paired with young planners based on interest and need. Mentor-mentee pairs will tailor the program based on individual need. Activities in the past include job shadowing, sitting in on professional events, or meeting for lunch or coffee. YPG will also host regular group meetings for mentors and mentees to connect and interact.

Young planners are generally considered as those under 35 and/or with three or fewer years' experience in the field, but all are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please fill out an application form available at: http://www.washington-apa.org/sections/pugetsound/Application_Form_2014-2015.docx, or request an application by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Submit the application and a copy of your resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The program expects to accept 12-15 applicants. Don’t miss this great opportunity to build your network and advance your career!

Epic: Collaboration in Planning Conference 2014

Our 2nd Biennial EPIC Conference, held on June 4, 2014 at the SeaTac International Airport Conference Center was a great success. We had over 50 attendees who were able to earn 4.0 CM credits during this half day event. Credits are NOW available for posting to your AICP log. Visit Planning.org and search by event date and location. As requested here are copies of the presentations.

Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 24 Mix and Mingle with WASLA 5:30pm - 7:30pm:

Save the Date. More information to come on this joint event.

YPG Puget Sound

YPG Puget Sound is a professional venue where young planners can meet with their peers to network, learn, have fun and connect with mentors. For more information, including upcoming events, please visit our website. To join YPG's contact list, ask questions, or otherwise get involved, please email us.

Website: http://ypgpugetsound.weebly.com

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)