The Southwest Section is one of nine subdivisions of the APA Virginia Chapter. This section is a small group of professional planners who either live or work in the southwest Virginia. Our members have careers in the public sector and in private practices. Southwest has a vast array of skillsets and specializations. We encourage members to take advantage of future events and networking opportunities provided by this section. Southwest hopes to draw 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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The Southwest Section includes 53 localities, including counties, cities and towns. In terms of area, it spans approximately 6,005 square miles, across southwest Virginia. This is the second largest section, by landmass, out of the nine established by APA Virginia. Conversely, the total population is the smallest of the sections, with 401,745 people who call this area home. Though this population is small, the natural beauty, quality of life and sense of community make Southwest a great place to live and work.
LOCALITIES IN THE SOUTHWEST SECTION
There are 53 local jurisdictions in the Southwest Section, including 13 counties, 3 cities and 37 incorporated towns, along with 3 regional governments. Those government websites are included below.
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