Community & Regional Planning

Organizations & Think Tanks

  • Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility -- organization directed towards the protection of the natural and built environment, arms reduction, and socially responsible development.
  • Community Development Society -- founded in 1969, is a professional association for community development practitioners and citizen leaders around the world.
  • Congress for the New Urbanism -- advocates for the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions.
  • International Economic Development Council --  the largest membership organization serving economic developers around the world.
  • International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) -- a global association of experienced professional planners founded in 1965.
  • National Association of Development Organizations -- provides training, information, and representation for regional development organizations in small metropolitan and rural America.
  • National Association of Home Builders -- a federation of more than 800 state and local builders associations.
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials -- the leading housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans-particularly those with low- and moderate-incomes.
  • National League of Cities -- the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.
  • Planners Network -- 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.
  • Project for Public Spaces -- a nonprofit corporation specializing in the planning, design, and management of public spaces.
  • RUDI [Resource for Urban Design Information] -- a not-for-profit membership organization that aims to facilitate the sharing of information and active dialogue among professionals and activists involved in making environments for better living. Includes links to case studies, bibliographies, urban design journals, and other resources.
  • Smart Growth America -- nationwide coalition promoting a better way to grow: one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more transportation choices.
  • Smart Growth Network -- an organization that encourages development that is environmentally, fiscally, and economically smart and helps create national, regional, and local coalitions to support smart growth.
  • Urban Land Institute -- a community of practice for those engaged in the entrepreneurial and collaborative process of real estate development and land use policy-making.

Professional Associations