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Sponsorship Program


The Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association’s California Chapter (APACA) is pleased to announce the Annual Sponsorship Program, which provides an opportunity for agencies, firm, or individuals to support APA’s local events, activities and professional development opportunities. For a nominal annual donation, sponsors get a high level of exposure throughout the Central Coast and receive a number of great sponsor benefits! Submit a donation now using the online Sponsorship Form.

In order to continue to bring low cost professional training and networking opportunities THE CENTRAL COAST SECTION NEEDS YOUR HELP! This is the Central Coast Section’s only sponsorship program - a once a year campaign that allows the Section serve our central coast planning community, planners, and students.

The American Planning Association is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. The Central Coast Section serves three counties along the Central Coast; Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. The Central Coast Section brings professional development opportunities to planning professionals and students with programs, educational classes, and networking events that support professional success for planners throughout the Central Coast!

The Central Coast Section measures success by the successes of its members and the communities they serve. See Page 2 of the Sponsorship Form or the bottom of this webpage to review the events and activities provided by the Central Coast Section in 2017. The Central Coast Section is working hard to develop programs for the section as well as connect with our peers at the state and national levels to ensure that our section is well represented in planning policy and legislative initiatives.

Annual sponsorships provide sponsors with the opportunity to support Central Coast Section events, receive “host” recognition at the annual Planning Awards Program, be featured on the Section’s website and e-blasts, receive verbal recognition at professional development and social events, and even receive complimentary tickets to the Section’s annual Planning Awards event.

We urge you to look over the Sponsorship Program's sponsorship options and thoughtfully consider supporting the Central Coast Section of APACA. You can make an important investment in the future of high quality planning and professional networking! Central Coast APACA is a nonprofit entity and the sponsorship could be considered a business expense or a tax-deduction. (Consult your tax professional for details).


$1,500.00 Platinum Sponsor

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • Free Job Postings on Section Website
  • Four Tickets to Planning Awards Program

$1,000.00 Gold Sponsor

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • Free Job Postings on Section Website
  • Two Tickets to Planning Awards Program

$500 Friend to the Section

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • One Ticket to Planning Awards Program

$250.00 Agency Friend (Only Public Agencies)

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • One Ticket to Planning Awards Program

$100.00 Donation by Agency or Individual

  • Name and/or Logo on Planning Awards Program


Sponsorship Program

  • Promotional opportunities on website, awards program, and newsletter e-blasts
  • Raised over $9,000 in 2017
  • Goal for 2018 is $10,000

Website and E-blasts!

  • Continuous Improvements
  • Monthly E-Blasts for Central Coast News, Events, and Highlights
  • The Section website lists the section’s programs, calendar, news, and job announcements.
  • Website allows continual promotion of our sponsors
  • Mobile Device Interface
  • Job Announcements
  • The Professional Development page offers a dozen locally produced training sessions that are CM-credited for AICP members.

Annual Planning Awards Program

The 2017 Central Coast Planning Awards was a success! Hosted in Santa Barbara at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, the Section had nine nominations, recognized all nine, and forwarded one award to the State where it received an Award of Excellence. About 120 members and non-members enjoyed East Beach area views while drinking cocktails and eating dinner during the Awards Program. Also in 2017, the Section honored Paul Wack with a "Paul Wack Impact Award" as he prepared to finish teaching and move on to other endeavors.

Academic and Student Outreach

  • Four universities within Central Coast Section
  • APA maintains a focus on mentoring students in planning, environmental sciences, and related academic programs.
  • Each of the three member counties has a county Sub-Section Director and a Young Planners Group (YPG) Officer who meet and greet and appoint interested students representatives from the Cal Poly SLO and UCSB undergraduate and graduate planning and environmental studies degree programs.
  • The Central Coast section had over $1000 contributed to the California Planning Foundation for student scholarships by members and the public.

Planning Academies and Section Events

  • For our APA AICP members, our section provided nine (9) professional development events that were APA-approved for 55.5 AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits and 4.50 Law CM credits.
  • Planning Academies: Planner’s Academy in Ventura from October 5th to November 9th. SLO County will have one in 2018, dates to be announced.
  • San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Sub-Sections mixers throughout 2017 for professionals, students, and other members
  • Young Planners Group (YPG) is now called the Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP) Group!

Emerging Planning Professionals

The EPP experience is aimed at fostering professional development through an exchange of professional ideas, networking, and guidance between experienced planners and young planning professionals. Planning professionals who are new to the field, whether you have just finished your education or have made a career change, are welcome! The EPP includes Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County. Interested in joining the EPP? Contact your local EPP Coordinator!


Tess Harris and Bret McNulty are co-chairing the 2019 State APA Conference that will be hosted by our section in Santa Barbara. About 40 members have already expressed interest in the various committees.


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