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  • Big-Picture Perspective

    A plan means little if it doesn’t get implemented. That’s why planners need to take a holistic view of the process.
    Plan implementation does not begin after publication. It begins in the first moments of the planning process, when someone chooses who will wield power to set priorities and make decisions and who will not.
  • Ethics of RFPs

    Learn about the ethical responsibilities in writing and responding to RFPs for both public agencies and consultants. This session will highlight how the AICP Code of Ethics informs a transparent and ethical path to a successful project.
    • Shelby Powell, AICP
    • David Fields, AICP
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  • Ethics and RFPs

    by: Shelby Powell, AICP, David Fields, AICP
    Even before a project is undertaken — when the project is being bid out and proposals received — planners have key ethical responsibilities to consider.
  • Should I Start a Consulting Firm?

    by: Richard Willson, FAICP
    "A Guide for the Idealist" blog post: Some essential questions to ask yourself to determine your competitive advantage. There are risks involved in going on your own, but also great rewards.
  • Advancing the Economic Development Element in Comprehensive Plans

    PAS Memo — January-February 2017
    by: Luis Nunez
    The January/February 2017 issue of PAS Memo highlights some common problems with traditional economic development elements in comprehensive plans and offers guidance on how to improve this element.
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  • How to Start a Planning Consulting Firm

    by: Devin Lavigne, FAICP, John Houseal, FAICP
    John Houseal and Devin Lavigne of Houseal Lavigne Associates share their journey to starting their own private practice.
  • Embracing Opportunities for Late Career Planners

    by: Bobbie Albrecht
    For planners retirement may not mean the end to working, but a career and life change. We asked a couple of planners how they are managing the transition.
  • Better RFPs, Please

    One consultant suggests how to bring the request-for-proposals process into the 21st century
    Why hasn't the government RFP process adapted to the changing times? Although consultants who work for government agencies can now find most requests for proposals and requests for qualifications online, they are obliged to follow the same steps they have been using for decades.
  • Working with Planning Consultants

    PAS Report 573
    by: Eric Kelly, FAICP
    Few planning officials go through the process of hiring a consultant often enough to feel confident in the process. This PAS Report maps out a path from the decision to hire a consultant to the victory lap at its successful completion.
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  • Hiring a Consultant: RFQs and RFPs

    PAS QuickNotes 37
    by: Ann Dillemuth, AICP
    This edition of PAS QuickNotes presents an overview of the process of selecting and retaining a planning consultant through the use of a two-step RFQ/RFP process.
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