Urban and regional planners develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities and the region in which they are located. They help local officials alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems by recommending locations for roads, schools, and other infrastructure and suggesting zoning regulations for private property.

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The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers is an independent labor union for Stage Directors and Choreographers. Focusing on urban planning issues and improving the lives of people living in NJ, CT and NY. Visit
NAPAMA is comprised of a diverse group of managers, agents, self-managed artists, affiliated business vendors, and presenters Visit
Independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of living communities. Includes information on membership, ... Visit
Assists local governments by providing an intergovernmental platform and process for regional issues such as water/sewer policy and community development. Visit
Nonprofit educational institution, committed to teaching professionals the theory and practice of facilitating public planning charrettes. Visit
Committed to building support for California 's Central Valley as a distinct region and assisting in the process of planning for the 21st century. Visit
Efforts are directed towards the protection of the natural and built environment, arms reduction, and socially responsible development. Visit
For over 25 years, PN has been the voice of progressive planning, publishing a newsletter, holding annual conferences, and organizing local activities in cities throughout North America . Visit
Nonprofit corporation specializing in the planning, design, and management of public spaces. Visit
Encourages development that is environmentally, fiscally, and economically smart and helps create national, regional, and local coalitions to support smart growth. Visit
Advocates for the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions. Visit
Nonprofit, membership organization serving the needs and interests of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Visit
Consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. Visit
National organization for the Main Street downtown revitalization program. Visit