The Piedmont Section is one of nine subdivisions of the APA Virginia Chapter. This section is an active group of approximately 160 professional or student planners who either live or work in the western Piedmont and Blue Ridge of Virginia. Our members have careers in the public sector and in private practices. Several members are also students or professors at the University of Virginia's Urban and Environmental Planning Program. Piedmont 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. Piedmont 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..
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Section News & Events
There are several positive changes coming to the Piedmont Section. The Section Directors 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the VP of Sections at email@example.com.
The Piedmont Section includes 27 localities, including counties, cities and towns. In terms of area, it spans approximately 5,017 square miles, from Piedmont hills in the east and south to the Blue Ridge and its foothills in the west. This section is midsized, by landmass, out of the nine established by APA Virginia. The total population is relatively small, with 427,964 people who call this area home. This makes Piedmont the second smallest section by total population. Though this area is relatively small, the natural beauty, quality of life and sense of community make the Piedmont area a great place to live and work.
LOCALITIES IN THE PIEDMONT SECTION
There are 27 local jurisdictions in the Piedmont Section, including 12 counties, 1 city and 14 incorporated towns, along with 4 regional governments. Those government websites are included below.
Planning District Commissions
Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Message from our Section Director
Welcome to the Piedmont Section of APA Virginia
We are a group pf professional planners and associated professionals working together to improve professional cooperation and advance planning methods and results for the counties, towns, and cities in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Planning is an especially collaborative process that benefits from good relationships and open communication between everyone involved in this work. The piedmont section hopes to bring together planners of all levels, from local government planners, private sector professionals, and non-profit advocates to students and teachers, for informal gatherings, educational events, and professional forums.
Virginia is fortunate to be home to a wealth of highly ranked and respected public and private universities. Encouraging cooperation between professional planners and academic programs is a particular goal of the Piedmont Section. We encourage planning students, as well as faculty and staff, to participate in our events, and involve planning professionals in university programs and planning efforts.
The Piedmont Section of APA Virginia should be an interactive forum for all things planning. We encourage you to stay in touch, participate in Section events, share planning news with Section members, and turn to your fellow planners for information sharing and collaboration opportunities. If you have any questions about the Piedmont Section, or would like to share ideas about events or programs, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Todd Gordon, AICP
Piedmont Section Co-Director