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    Indie state planning organizations: orphaned APSO/AIP chapters, or something else?

    From what I understand, APA state and regional chapters have a greater degree of autonomy compared to specialty divisions. Note that many of them have names that don't mention the APA; Ohio Planning Conference, Michigan Association of Planners, Georgia Planning Association, and so on.

    However, there's some independent state planning organizations such as the Florida Planning and Zoning Organization, New Jersey Planning Officials, New York Planning Federation, Planners Association of Washington, and so on, which aren't associated with the APA. From what I gather, these are active but "orphan" state chapters of the long-defunct American Institute of Planners and American Society of Planning Officials. When the organizations merged to become the APA, most of the state chapters of each organization also merged. Several chose not to merge, though, so the result is these indie state planning organizations.

    Is this actually the case, or is there another story behind these independent state planning professional organizations? With an APA state chapter that also serves the state, what role do the independent state planning organizations have?
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    Within the Northern New England Chapter of the APA, each state has an independent professional organization (NH Planners Assn, VT Planners Assn, ME Assn of Planners), since each state has different priorities and focuses that the multi-state chapter really can't address.
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    Several Years back MSPO and the American Planning Association of Michigan Merged. For a while they were called MAPA, a few years back the organization became simply MAP.
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    Many APA types can become a bit arrogant. I know, hard to believe; but it happens once in a while. There are many persons out there doing current planning functions without the approved degree or letters after their names. City Clerks, County Sanitarians, secretaries are zoning administrators. They want and need help, but often are less than welcome at APA get togethers. The independent state organizations embrace these people.

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    Arrogant planners? Shocking!

    I never really understood the arrogancy thing. You would think that APA organizations would want to tout their own horns and provide as much information to others so that the best decision can be made. This is apparently not the case.
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