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Emerging Planning Professionals (EPP)

Emerging Planning Professionals are working students, entry-level-to-mid-level planners, those in non-traditional fields without decades of experience, or individuals embarking on encore careers.  Whether equipped with a brand new planning degree, shifting focus in their career, or tackling that first professional planning position, EPP’s offer ambition, passion and potential, and often have questions about how to get to where they want to go.  The Michigan Association of Planning provides member services, leadership opportunities and training to meet these unique needs.

EPP Membership

MAP has launched an initiative for a new generation of planners who are finding their way in the profession. As the Michigan Chapter, APA continues to strategically connect with various member cohorts, we look to the future of planning in Michigan, and to planners not yet firmly planted in their career paths, or in transition from one phase to another.

Take advantage of the graduated membership dues structure: $30 for EPP membership (for up to three years following graduation); and eventually to $60 individual MAP membership.

Some of the services and benefits offered to Emerging Planning Professionals include:

  • Graduated membership dues structure
  • Opportunities to network and learn with seasoned professionals at the Career Building Reception, held annually in November.
  • Special recognition at MAP events integrating you into the MAP network of planners.
  • Articles and features in the Michigan Planner magazine and in the E-dition
  • Leadership opportunities in the EPP Committee, a group comprised of your peers working to meet EPP's unique professional development needs.
  • Mentoring through participation in the Michigan Planning Mentoring Program (MP2)

Join today!


EPP Committee

An active group of MAP's emerging planning professional members meets monthly via a conference call to plan activities and support MAP's events.  The committee operates under the following goals:

EPP is a voice for new professionals (Our Advocacy Role)

  • Participate in the Student MAP Conference
  • Link back to Student Planning Organizations
  • Advocate for AICP accreditation
  • Work to retain recently graduated planners in Michigan

EPP is able to bridge needs between recent graduates and professionals (Our Professional Development Role)

  • Provide assistance to recent graduates
  • Provide opportunities to get recognition and take a leadership role
  • Provide education and skills-building to fill the gaps in knowledge
  • Develop relationships within the profession

Interested in joining?  Contact committee chair Christopher Germain, AICP or MAP staff Wendy Rampson.

Michigan Planning Mentoring Program (MP2)

MP2 is a new mentorship initiative spearheaded by MAP’s Emerging Planning Professionals Committee. The program offers a flexible format to encourage connections and professional growth opportunities for both new and experienced planners through a mutually beneficial partnership. 

Click here to learn more.