Message from Central Section Director
Do you spend substantial time living, working, or volunteering in central Virginia?
Then you need to participate in APA Virginia's Central Section. We are a group of professionals, students, and community activists who are either paid or volunteer to make places better, both in terms of development and preservation. The geographic footprint of the Central Section includes 17 counties and cities radiating from the Richmond metropolitan area.
The Central Section exists to complement the Virginia Chapter by providing opportunities for networking and professional development throughout the year, right in your backyard. You'll see events such as educational webinars, setting up parklets, topical breakfasts, and more. Our hope is that your involvement in the Central Section will help make your APA membership more meaningful and relevant to the work you do or the coursework you take.
Daniel Burnham said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood..." Don't hold back your big ideas! We welcome your input and feedback. Plus, we like finding ways for you to volunteer your time for a great cause!
If you wish to become a member of APA or have any questions about the Central Section, please let us know. The best way to reach us is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Boenau, AICP
Section Director, Central Section of APA-Virginia
The Central Section is one of nine subdivisions of the APA Virginia Chapter. This section is an active group of approximately 270 professional planners who either live or work in Central Virginia. Our members have careers in the public sector and in private practices. Several members are also students or professors at Virginia Commonwealth University's Urban and Regional Studies Program. Central Section has a vast array of skillsets and specializations. This diverse collection of professionals and students can take advantage of the several events and networking opportunities provided by this section. Central draws together all of these members to provide training, foster relationships and raise the stature of planning as a profession and practice in our localities.
Section News & Events
APA VIRGINIA TO DEVELOP SECTION'S FUTURE
There are several positive changes coming to the Central Section. The Section Director and VP of Sections will begin a process to develop new services for its members. This work will include efforts to improve outreach, branding, events and activities, and our mission. If you have ideas for how to improve these services or expand new programs, please contact your section director at email@example.com, or the VP of Sections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Section includes 25 localities, including counties, cities and towns. Central is home to the state capital, Richmond, and the tri-cities area, which includes Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Petersburg. In terms of area, it spans approximately 4,194 square miles, stretching across the piedmont and bordering with the coastal plains region of the Commonwealth, to the east. While this section is only the sixth largest section, by landmass, out of the nine established by APA Virginia, there is a significant population of 1,179,474 people who call this area home. This makes Central the third largest section by total population.
LOCALITIES IN THE CENTRAL SECTION
There are 25 local jurisdictions in the Central Section, including 12 counties, 4 cities and 9 incorporated towns, along with 5 regional governments. Those government websites are included below.
Planning District Commissions
Metropolitan Planning Organizations