I've just been tasked with drafting a departmental policy regarding the payment of professional organization dues for the professional planning staff in my juriusdiction. The City itself has a "no-policy" policy that allows each department director the discretion they want--some do, some don't.
The recently-retired former planning director didn't see the value in belonging to APA...and certainly not in belonging to AICP...and only grudgingly (and without a policy) paid for APA dues alone (no AICP, no ASLA, etc.)
Does anyone know of a planning agency that offers the financial support for the establishment and maintenance of professional organization membership, and that has some (any) sort of written guidelines to outline it?
I'd like to provide our new director some written justification that he can use to answer the question of WHY he should pay our dues (and for the AICP exam, etc.), when he inevitably gets asked.
Thanks, and I'm looking forward to any responses.