South Dakota Planners Association was created in 1989, it evolved from the Association of Planners and Geographers. As the State Planning Bureau was dissolved and reorganized to fulfill other responsibilities in the late 1970’s, the state comprehensive planning assistance functions with local units of government ceased to exist as did the original state planning association called the South Dakota Association of Planning Officials. So, another institution was needed to help provide those functions. Over the years SDPA has hosted and co-hosted many trainings, a yearly conference and every 10 years or so a Western Plannner Conference. It has become a very active and strong group--training planners, planning commissioners, and participating in the South Dakota legislative process as a voluntary sounding board as state statutes are revised and updated.
The Association was formed in order to:
Financial Assistance: The cost to applicants seeking to take the AICP Exam for the first time is $440 and $510 for expedited planning essay review applicants. In order to assist first time exam-takers with the cost of the AICP Exam, the South Dakota Planners Association will reimburse AICP Exam Fee Scholarships in the total amount of $440 or $510. Thus, those awarded the scholarships will only pay $70 (application fee). If interested please complete the application form and email it to Brandi Hanten, Secretary/Treasurer.
The officers of the South Dakota Planners Association will review all applications received by the submittal deadline. The officers will make a final determination of the qualified scholarship recipients based on funding availability. Selected scholarship recipients will be notified. Checks will be sent once registration receipts are emailed to Brandi Hanten for reimbursement; Planning Experience Essay Fee and AICP Exam Registration Fee can be reimbursed separately because of varying registration windows for each.