Welcome to APA Florida!

We’re so glad you are here. With more than 3,000 members, we are one of the largest chapters within the American Planning Association. In recent years, we have been recognized by APA with several awards: Outstanding Outreach to the Community and the Chapter Volunteer Service Award (twice!).

Our signature events include our Florida Planning Conference, Public Policy Workshop and Great Places competition. Due to our sizeable number of members and large geography, we have subdivided the state into 12 Sections that offer an array of events throughout the year. All in all, Sections hosted over 100 events last year to help members network, socialize and learn. Be sure to visit your Section page to learn more.

If you haven’t already, we hope that you join APA Florida so that you can take advantage of all that we have to offer. APA Florida membership is included in your APA membership, but you can also join APA Florida independently as a Chapter-Only member.

If you have questions about membership, please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@floridaplannig.org.


Wiatt Bowers, AICP

APA President

Our Mission

APA Florida provides statewide leadership in the development of sustainable communities by advocating excellence in planning, providing professional development for its members, and working to protect and enhance the natural and built environments.

About APA Florida

The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning — physical, economic, and social — at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

The objective of the Association is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and of society more effectively.

The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association serves APA members in the state. APA Florida is the state-level resource for networking and professional development. When you join APA and reside in Florida, you automatically become a member of APA Florida.

The Florida Chapter provides members the opportunity to share experiences with colleagues and to broaden perspectives. The chapter holds an annual conference, educational workshops, AICP exam preparation courses, and produces a newsletter. APA Florida also conducts legislative programs, sponsors training workshops, conducts an awards program, and provides public information to and about the planning profession.