American Planning Association – Knowledge Center

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As a successful businessman in and around Detroit, Michigan, Odis Jones has spent more than 20 years in city management and positions related to economic development. In addition to his work throughout Detroit Odis Jones has also contributed to a number of professional organizations, including the American Planning Association (APA).

The American Planning Association is designed to assist and educate planners who desire to learn new and better community-planning strategies. The APA includes the largest collection of materials on the subject of community planning and includes several advisors to assist current and future planners in the broadening of their knowledge of planning techniques.

The American Planning Association includes a Knowledge Center with a number of publications and e-learning programs, as well as a large amount of multimedia information. The Multimedia Image Library includes thousands of photos submitted by fellow planners and is always open to new submissions, based on the library’s image guidelines. The library includes planning files and links to websites regarding APA member projects and other community development efforts that allow planners to draw inspiration from previous designs. The multimedia library also features podcasts, videos, and stories about many of the featured projects.

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American Planning Association Names New Director of Education

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As the recent CEO of the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit, Odis Jones managed over 200 employees. He also ensured the Detroit company stayed within its $10 million annual operating budget. Outside of work, Odis Jones is involved with the American Planning Association.

The American Planning Association has the mission of helping city officials and developers plan and create safer communities for city residents while providing improved housing choices and commuting options. There are over 100 countries represented in the organization, with 47 chapters in the United States.

In December of 2016, the American Planning Association named Kimberly Jacques as the new director of education for the organization. Her responsibilities will include directing and improving the educational classes that benefit planning professionals. The classes offered are both in-seat as well as online. She previously was the director of the education center for the Radiological Society of North America. In addition to the organization and delivery of these classes, she will be tasked with developing new course topics relevant for ever-changing communities across the world.