Hello WCC Membership,

I hope that you had a wonderful Holiday Season and are refreshed and ready for the new year! It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since I took over as President of WCC. Even though I had previously served as WCC Treasurer, there has certainly been a learning curve but it has been an enjoyable year and I expect the same in 2019. I wanted to bring the membership up to date on new things that have happened since my last Update and also recap some highlights from 2018.

State Legislative Summit: In early December, I had the opportunity to participate in the first State Legislative Summit held by APA in Austin, TX. This was an opportunity for 20 APA Chapters to get together and share successes and also learn some new strategies for helping to work with State Legislatures. (Fun Fact: Did you know that stories are 22 times more memorable than data? Maybe something to consider while testifying before the Legislature or even your local governing body). One of the goals for WCC in 2019 is to provide a better link between WCC and the state planning organizations and their legislative efforts. APA National has made providing resources at the state level a priority and the WCC wants to make sure that the state planning organizations have access to the resources from APA National that are available. I also serve on the Chapter Presidents Council Policy and Advocacy Committee (and the MAP Legislative Committee), so this is an area of passion for me and a place where APA National can provide assistance to states if they face challenges in their state legislative process.

Mentorship/New Planners: One of the Initiatives that the Executive Committee moved forward in 2018 was working to develop a mentorship program for new planners. This program is loosely modeled after the one that APA does at the National Planning Conference. There was a successful mixer at the SDPA conference last fall and look for more events in all the member states in 2019. If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, please check our new page on the WCC website.

WCC on the Socials: In 2018, WCC re-launched our Twitter account @WestCentralChap and also launched a new Instagram account @WesternCentralChapter . Please follow us as we continue to try and build up content on our social media sites.

APA Learn: Last fall, APA launched APA Learn as an online education opportunity. This is another way that AICP members can obtain CM credits and all members to find continuing education opportunities.

Planning Webcast Series: Speaking of continuing education, WCC is a member of a coalition of Chapters and Divisions that sponsor the Planning Webcast Series. All of these webinars are free to WCC members and I encourage you to check out the website as there are a variety of topics offered and the lineup is constantly being updated.

AICP CM credits at state conferences: Yep, still on continuing education… did you know that the WCC is the umbrella CM Provider at your state conference? WCC has been providing this financial support for many years and we feel that it is one way that WCC can help support the state planning organizations and their mission to help provide continuing education and CM credits for Chapter members.

AICP Exam Success: Another gorgeous segue… in the last AICP Exam we had six members pass the Exam. Congratulations to: Ben Brewer, AICP; Christopher Carter, AICP; Forrest Mandeville, AICP; Candace Mastel, AICP; John Van Dyke, AICP and Aaron Wilson, AICP

AICP Exam Scholarships: If you are thinking about taking the AICP Exam, the WCC has a scholarship available to reduce the Exam Fee. If you want more information, check the WCC website or contact Randy Johnson, the WCC Professional Development Officer. The deadline for this latest round is 2/18/19.

Website: Remember, our website has moved!! We are now at: www.wcc.planning.org and hosted by APA. This has allowed us to have a modern site that allows for easy content management by multiple members of the Executive Committee. We also have job listings on the site, so look as we add new jobs and we will also try to make announcements on Twitter and Instagram. 

NPC19: As you likely know, APA NPC19 will take place in San Francisco. As is tradition, the President will host a meeting for WCC members during the conference and buy your beverage. Stay tuned for details on date/time/location for this event. If you have suggestions, shoot me an email or text (especially since I have not had time yet to do any research… breweries are encouraged, however a co-worker of mine suggested an Irish Pub).

APA Planners Advocacy Network: If you are interested in learning more about APA’s advocacy, check out (and join, it’s free) the Planners’ Advocacy Network. APA has always been active at the national level, but now they also have a focus on providing assistance for state-level advocacy. This is a great way to stay in touch with what is going on around the country and also get some assistance or tips on how to be a better advocate.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions/comments/concerns on the WCC.

Cheers.. Jeff

Jeff Bollman, AICP
WCC President
406-670-5700 (cell)