Section News

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Case Study

Increasing Public Participation through Mini Grant Partnerships  

The Central APA Section is committed to featuring local projects that showcase innovative programs that help promote equity and advance diversity and inclusion in the planning profession.  Our case studies serve as a resource for our members, and we encourage our members to share them broadly as a learning tool for all.

Case Study #1 looks at Fresno COG’s innovative use of the Mini-Grant Outreach Program, which has had a number of positive impacts for both the agency and Fresno County residents. It has solidified partnerships and increased participation from community members that the agency would not be able to reach on its own.

Download the Case Study HERE.

2021 Sierra Retreat at Lake Sequoia


And WE’RE BACK!!! After having to cancel 2020’s event, the Central Section will once again host the Sierra Retreat scheduled for August 27-29 at beautiful Sequoia Lake in eastern Fresno County.

If you’ve attended before you know the retreat offers a weekend of fun, comradery, and relaxation. Please save the date and plan to attend our 27th Planners’ Retreat. As always, families, friends, and significant others are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Download the Event Flyer HERE.

Central Section Monthly Newsletter


Take a look at our monthly newsletter, and stay current on all things Central Section! Click the picture to the left to access the complete library.  Or, CLICK HERE to subscribe to our mailing list, and get each newsletter emailed directly to you automatically each month!

Central Section 2020 Annual Report - Available Now!

Download a copy of the Central Section 2020APA California Annual Report to learn about all of the great things that happened throughout the eleven-county section throughout 2020.

Prep Program and Scholarships to help APA Central Section Members prepare for the AICP Certification Exam!!


Prepare for your AICP exam remotely - and even get help paying for it!  Click Here to access on-demand training, application assistance and scholarships to help Central Section APA members prepare for the AICP Certification Exam.

Short on funds to take the AICP exam?  The Central Section is offering two AICP scholarships.  Scholarships will be awarded on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.  Click Here to learn more.

Questions? Contact Carolina Ilic, APA CA Central Section Professional Development Officer, at 619-621-1499, or via email at

Fresno State City and Regional Planning Degree

Fall Semester - 2017

Fresno State students can earn a degree in city and regional planning.  The Bachelor of Science degree program, effective as of the Fall 2017 semester, is the only such planning program in the Central Valley.

The new program, which replaces an option within the geography major that has been offered since 2014, will require completion of 120 units (including 42 units in major requirements).

Read the full announcement HERE.  For more information, please contact Lucero Benitez at 559.278.4381 or