The American Planning Association (APA) is the largest national organization to advance the broad spectrum of professional planning—advocating for planning excellence, education, resident empowerment, and practices of equity and inclusion throughout its 47 state Chapters

The Capital District Planners Association (CDPA) is one of five Sections under the New York Upstate Chapter, sharing the mission to involve and engage students, community stakeholders, and local professionals from a wide range of interconnected planning disciplines.

[Other Sections of the New York Chapter: Central NY (CNY), Genessee-Finger Lakes (GFL), Western NY (WNY), and the Southern Tier (SOTR).]

The CDPA Section serves:
Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties of the New York Upstate Chapter.

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.

Why joining matters.  We encourage you to 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.

From planning student to planning administrator, your membership and participation enriches our planning community, and helps shape the diverse opportunities and connections we provide to our network and affiliates.

Get connected, stay engaged, and sharpen your networking skills through exclusive member-driven and career-oriented events.  If you work or live in the Capital District or North Country, CDPA can increase your exposure to other professional planners and dynamic groups, at both a local and regional level.  We look forward to helping you build relationships, gain referrals and AICP certification maintenance credits.

CDPA activities and events help planners build connections within the professional planning community in the Capital Region.

Mark Castiglione

NYS Upstate Chapter

During my time on the board, I worked to provide members with ‘behind the scenes’ tours…. events and continuing education that CDPA provides, allows planners to expand their knowledge, diversify their experience and put a fresh lens on the world in which we’re often playing an influencing role.

Martin Daley

Past CDPA Board Member