EPP - About Us

Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP), part of APA-Colorado, cultivates a vibrant community of entry- to mid-level planning professionals by offering and promoting opportunities for professional development, service, and meaningful, innovative contributions to an evolving, diverse profession.

Dedicated to serving planning professionals across Colorado with eight or fewer years of experience in the field, EPP inspires and supports emerging planners to become community leaders today and tomorrow.

Goal: Foster personal and professional connections among emerging professionals in planning and other related fields.
• Plan and execute friendly meet-ups for EPPs.
• Network and learn from seasoned professionals.
• Reach out to and mentor graduating planning students as they transition from school to the professional world.
• Act as a liaison between EPPs and APA-CO.
• Identify and connect with emerging professional groups in planning-related fields (i.e. architecture, engineering, green building, etc.)

Goal: Support emerging planners through continuing education and professional development opportunities.

• Read and discuss planning-related books/articles/journals with EPPs
• Identify and invite guest speakers to present to the Committee/community.
• Identify training opportunities for networking, business development, facilitation and leadership skill building.
• Share existing planning training opportunities with EPP’s and/or host training workshops.
• Create study groups for certification (AICP, LEED, etc.) as needed.
• Host professional role-playing exercises to further develop skills through practice.
• Provide a platform for sharing job/internship opportunities.

Goal: Encourage volunteerism to further the goals of Colorado communities through outreach and service.
• Connect EPPs with volunteer and service opportunities within the community.
• Join efforts with existing outreach organizations in the community.
• Research existing outreach and service efforts in other communities to implement in our community.

Goal: Showcase innovative planning practices and promote the creativity and ingenuity of EPPs within the profession.
• Seek opportunities to create and support projects that highlight planning innovations in our community.
• Host EPP member presentations to learn about what other EPPs do in the planning field.
• Find opportunities for EPPs to present our work to the community and other professionals outside of our organization.
• Find and create opportunities to teach non-planners about our profession.
• Share local, national, and international planning news.
• Learn about members’ projects and challenges.
• Create and maintain a space in which “the good, the bad and the ugly” planning ideas can be shared, discussed and cultivated.

EPP Colorado History:
At the request of APA-Colorado President Susan Wood, Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) was created to engage a key segment of the professional planning community – young and/or emerging planners. This document provides an overview of progress made to date. It will continue to get updated as the group evolves, and it will eventually serve as the basis for working with APA-Colorado to amend the state chapter’s by-laws to formally establish EPP as a committee.

A survey was sent out to APA-Colorado members in the fall of 2012 to gauge initial interests in setting up a new group, similar to Young Planners Groups around the country. Roughly 30 people responded to the survey, all of whom were supportive of the effort.

Following that, an initial discussion about starting the group was held at the APA-Colorado state conference in October 2012 where ideas for what the group could be were brainstormed. Through the survey and conference event, people were asked whether they would be interested in taking a leadership role, and after the conference, those people were contacted to set up a broader discussion about how to get the group started.

That group of 4 to 6 people started getting together every couple months to plan a broader kick-off to engage more people. In those early discussions and based on previous input, it was determined that membership in the group would not be defined by age. Many felt that it was more appropriate to distinguish this group by level of experience, in order to appeal to career changers and all those who may still feel as those they are in emerging phases of their career. In March 2013, a front-range kick-off event was held in Denver to formally announce the group and to generate momentum for involvement. After the kick off, a small core of about 10 or 12 people held monthly business meetings to get key systems in place, like the vision, mission, goals and objectives that will guide the first year of activities. Sub-committees and what formal leadership roles were needed on the steering committee were also determined. In mid-July, 2013 the first ever elections were held and the EPP All-Star team (the leadership) was formed!

Learn more about the roles of the EPP All-Stars and the EPP Priority Action items HERE.

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