The Capital District Planners Association (CDPA) is one of five Sections under the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association, sharing the mission to involve and engage local professionals from a wide range of interconnected planning disciplines. From urban design to environmental resiliency, planning is scalable, and CDPA aims to provide local resources for education and professional and career development from public to private sector.

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We welcome students, public officials, educators and area professionals of the planning industry to be a part of our Section’s network.  Take full advantage of Section-, Chapter-, and Nationally-hosted activities by joining the American Planning Association or the local New York Upstate Chapter, who offer customized memberships for anyone applying the benefits of planning to their community.

Why Join?  Because as a professional, you will expand your network, broaden your perspective, and stay up to date on contemporary, industry-wide issues.  And as a newly emerging planner, you will connect with a local multidisciplinary community and resources to foster your future career. Your membership and participation enriches our planning community and helps shape the diverse opportunities and connections we provide to our network and affiliates.


Become a member


Join APA and become eligible for AICP certification.  Inquire more with CDPA.

NY Upstate offers a Chapter-only membership.


Get Involved

Looking to be more involved with the CDPA Section?

Ask about volunteer opportunities, or a nomination for a Board position.



CDPA hosts a variety of networking activities.

As a sponsor, we invite you to promote to our professional audience.