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Sponsorship Program


The Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association’s California Chapter (APACA) is pleased to announce the Annual Sponsorship Program, which provides an opportunity for agencies, firm, or individuals to support APA’s local events, activities and professional development opportunities. For a nominal annual donation, sponsors get a high level of exposure throughout the Central Coast and receive a number of great sponsor benefits! Submit a donation now using the online Sponsorship Form.

In order to continue to bring low-cost professional training and networking opportunities, THE CENTRAL COAST SECTION NEEDS YOUR HELP! This is the Central Coast Section’s only sponsorship program - a once a year campaign that allows the Section to serve our central coast planning community, planners, and students.

The American Planning Association is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. The Central Coast Section serves three counties along the Central Coast; Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. The Central Coast Section brings professional development opportunities to planning professionals and students with programs, educational classes, and networking events that support professional success for planners throughout the Central Coast!

The Central Coast Section measures success by the successes of its members and the communities they serve. See Page 2 of the Sponsorship Formor the bottom of this webpage to review the events and activities provided by the Central Coast Section in 2018. The Central Coast Section is working hard to develop programs for the section as well as connect with our peers at the state and national levels to ensure that our section is well represented in planning policy and legislative initiatives.

Annual sponsorships provide sponsors with the opportunity to support Central Coast Section events, receive “host” recognition at the annual Planning Awards Program, be featured on the Section’s website and e-blasts, receive verbal recognition at professional development and social events, and even receive complimentary tickets to the Section’s annual Planning Awards event.

We urge you to look over the Sponsorship Program's sponsorship options and thoughtfully consider supporting the Central Coast Section of APACA. You can make an important investment in the future of high-quality planning and professional networking! Central Coast APACA is a nonprofit entity and the sponsorship could be considered a business expense or a tax deduction. (Consult your tax professional for details).


$1,500.00 Platinum Sponsor

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • Free Job Postings on Section Website
  • Four Tickets to Planning Awards Program

$1,000.00 Gold Sponsor

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • Free Job Postings on Section Website
  • Two Tickets to Planning Awards Program

$500 Friend to the Section

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • One Ticket to Planning Awards Program

$250.00 Agency Friend (Only Public Agencies)

  • Name & Logo on Central Coast APACA Website with website link
  • Name & Logo on Planning Awards Program
  • One Ticket to Planning Awards Program

$100.00 Donation by Agency or Individual

  • Name and/or Logo on Planning Awards Program



  • The APA Central Coast Section is excited to host the 2019 APA State Conference in Santa Barbara.
  • Sponsorships were not as fruitful as originally projected; however, we were still able to contribute funds to the California Planning Foundation (CPF).
  • For a change of scenery, the 2018 Planning Awards Event was held in San Luis Obispo.
  • Our Section is particularly impacted as many cities and counties have initiative-based voter- approval requirements for converting farmland to urban uses. The coming years will be interesting as we are all subject to being “SB35-ed”.
  • Amended the bylaws to change the name of the previous Young Planners Group (YPG) to Emerging Planning Professionals (EPPF).
  • Hosted numerous mixers and events in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.
  • A Citizen’s Planning Academy took place in Santa Barbara, with a successful turnout and topics including courses on Santa Barbara’s urban history and historic structures, housing and policy incentives, cannabis, Santa Barbara’s energy production platform, CEQA, Santa Barbara’s water supply, transportation history, Montecito rebuilding, etc.
  • The Membership Inclusion Officer is taking the lead with the State Board to help plan the Diversity Summit for the APA State Conference.
  • The Section offered 41.75 CM credits, plus 2.25 LAW CM credits at five events during 2018.
  • The Section’s website received an upgrade that allows job posting applicants to more quickly and seamlessly post their job postings to the Central Coast Section website for a nominal fee.
  • The Section welcomed a new Director-Elect, Rachel Raynor, a new Professional Development Officer: John Novi, AICP, and a new Webmaster, Kyle Jordan.
  • Spencer Johnson, CNU and Tanner Shelton, AICP were appointed into the SLO Sub Section Director and Membership Inclusion Officer roles.
  • The Board welcomes back Hollee King, AICP as our Awards and Events Officer and our Public Information Officer, Clay Downing.
  • Last, but not least, the Board thanks our many sponsors. We appreciate your continuance to give.

For any questions, please contact:

Chris Williamson, PhD, Central Coast Director, chris.williamson@ci.oxnard.ca.us

Hollee King, AICP, Central Coast Events/Awards Officer, hollee@sitespacificplanning.com


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