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2023 SVS Awards Ceremony Registration Open!

Join us for the 2023 SVS Awards Ceremony on October 18th! We’re back at Black Box Theatre in West Sacramento to celebrate this year’s SVSAPA Award winners! Arrive early to enjoy drinks and food on the outdoor terrace with colleagues and friends, then move inside to celebrate great planning achievements in Sacramento Valley. Below, you will find information on this year’s winners and registration information.

When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, 5:30pm
Where: Black Box Theater, 2nd floor of the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Time: 5:30PM check-in/grab a drink! | 6:00PM program begins
Cost: $20 for APA members | $30 for non-APA members | $10 for Students


Please click here to register through Eventbrite.
(Note: A small Eventbrite service fee will be added at checkout.)

Congratulate Leighann Moffitt, 2023 SBS Legacy Award Winner!

Leighann Moffitt is the 2023 SVSAPA Legacy Award Recipient! We are collecting messages for Leighann that will be presented to her along with an engraved gold plate commemorating this achievement. Any and all messages from simple statements of gratitude and congratulations, to recalling past stories are welcome. Click here to leave your message!


For questions about registration, contact Jeni Tickler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For questions about the Awards Ceremony, contact Nikki Zanchetta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Winter Mixer

Free Webinar

Community Engagement 2020: Reevaluating How We Collaborate with Communities

Hosted by SVS in Partnership with APA California

Community Engagement 2020: Reevaluating How We Collaborate with Communities

Community engagement and advocacy have been integral to the work of planners for the last half century. Over time, we’ve developed and deployed “tried and true” processes and methods, many of which of have been proven ineffective as our society has become more complex and our technology has evolved. As we enter a new decade with a pandemic-level bang and in the wake of increasing social and economic disruption, we’re forced to reckon with the flaws in community engagement and rebuild our foundation to ensure it is conducted in a more inclusive manner. What have we learned over the last decade, or the last several months? What do we hope to leave behind? What do we want to create to move us into the future?

Panelists: Kirin Kumar, Regional Climate Collaboratives Program Manager, Strategic Growth Council; Lynette Hall, Community Engagement Manager, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, City of Sacramento; Nailah Pope-Harden, Community Organizer, Policy Advocate, Climate-Plan

Moderator: Molly Wagner, Project Manager, WALKSacramento

Free Webinar

Planning through the COVID-19 crisis:
How are we adapting in these uncertain times?

On April 30, 2020 the Sacramento Valley Section and the APA California Chapter held a free webinar to hear how public, private, legal, and technology practitioners are adapting to the disruption associated with COVID-19 crisis.

Click here to watch the recorded webinar (via YouTube)

Click here to download agenda

Click here to download resources handout

Click here to download speaker bios

  • Yassi Sarvian, Director, APA California Sacramento Valley Section (Moderator)
  • Tom Pace, Interim Director, City of Sacramento, Community Development Department
  • Daniel Cucchi, JD, Senior Associate, Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.
  • Wendy Nowak, AICP, Principal, PlaceWorks
  • Daniel Friedman, PhD, Partner, Remotor Consulting Group

2023 Section Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, many of the programs we offer would not be possible. Click the logos below to find out more about each sponsor.

To our sponsors -- Thank You!

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