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10/29/20 - COVID Conversations Webinar (CM | 1.5)

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Illinois | California | Chile

Planning Issues, Questions, and Responses

PLANRED and APA California Northern Section are excited to collaborate with APA Illinois Chapter and to produce a webinar on important intersecting COVID-19 topics. More details to come!

DATE: October 29, 2020

TIME: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT


1.5 CM Credits pending


At the beginning of the pandemic, PLANRED coordinated four individual COVID-19 meetings with Italy, Mexico, Great Britain, and Germany in March and April 2020. A fifth online webinar was jointly organized with the APA California Northern Section International Program on Friday, May 22, 2020 that featured three California planners and one German researcher. The sixth and seventh webinars ― organized jointly by APA New York Metro Chapter, PLANRED, and APA California Northern Section International Program ― were on Thursdays, July 23 and 30, 2020. For more information on these past webinars, please visit



Red de Planificadores de Chile (PLANRED) - a new professional organization with about 100 members, primarily in Santiago, Chile.

American Planning Association - California Northern Section - The APA California Northern Section International Program started two decades ago. There have been six international tours: Cuba (2003), China (2007), India (2009), Brazil (2012), Eastern Europe (2014), and Southeast Asia (2017). Additionally, for the last seven years, the Northern Section International Program has also been active in collaboration projects. The first collaboration project was primarily video conferences with the municipality of São Paulo, Brazil on regional governance and planning practices. The second collaboration was with the City of Ouro Preto, Brazil, the São Cristovão neighborhood (more commonly known as Veloso), San José State University, and APA. The project involved public engagement, capacity building and developing a sustainable development oriented work plan for community-based improvements in a neighborhood with several characteristics of a favela in Ouro Preto.

American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter



Teresa Cordova

Ms. Cordova will speak on the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations and the role of local non-profit groups in addressing various issues, plus the City of Chicago's role and response.

Mercy Davison, AICP

Ms. Davison will present a perspective from a smaller municipality and discuss creating a housing assistance program using CDBG funds and creating an outdoor dining experience by adding picnic tables, concrete bollards, and chains, to create a beautiful and inviting space for patrons.

Margarita Green

Ms. Green will help us rethink cities in the face of the pandemic that includes well designed dense and diverse urban space, promoting social interaction and cohesion.

Nina Idemudia, AICP

Ms. Idemudia will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within planning organizations and how it affects the work we do during the pandemic on three levels: personal, organizational, and external.


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