Local Government Education

Local Government Education

American Citizen Planner – Indiana

American Citizen Planner – Indiana provides training to Indiana citizen planners who currently serve or plan to serve on area or advisory plan commissions. The program features 28 units of online content detailing core planning theories, practices, and processes. A comprehensive assessment and two virtual training events reinforce the content learned in the units. The program is hosted by a local Purdue Extension educator for either a county or a region.



The American Citizen Planner – Indiana Program is offered twice per year, in two sessions. Each session consists of ACP-IN 101, 201, the comprehensive exam, and two webinars. Course fees are required to complete registration. The program’s goal is to train participants in core competencies of service as a public planning official. Participants will build knowledge of theories, tools and legal aspects related to planning and working with the public and, thus equipped, help shape plans that guide the future of their communities.

  • Earn Master Citizen Planner Certificate
  • Understand the role and duties of the plan commissioner
  • Learn about current and emerging issues in planning from experts

To learn more about Purdue Extension’s American Citizen Planner – Indiana program and for questions about registering, contact Daniel Walker (walke422@purdue.edu) (765)-496-3245 – Community Planning Extension Specialist, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Target Audiences

This program is designed for citizen planners currently serving, or preparing to serve, on area or advisory plan commissions in Indiana.

  • Current or future members of area/advisory plan commissions or zoning appeal boards
  • Interested residents
  • Elected officials
  • Municipal, county or applicable nonprofit staff


Registration opens from February 1st to February 28th for the second session. Register here using the e-eXtension course catalogue.

2021 ACP-IN Course Offering Calendar

Spring Session Overview

Registration Opens: February 1st
Course Access Period: March 1st through June 30th
Informational Webinars: Each Friday in February at 2:00pm ET – Contact walke422@purdue.edu for details
Registration Closes: February 28th

Webinar 1:
April 22, 6:00-8:00pm ET – Gina Anderson
April 22, 7:00-9:00pm ET – Hans Schmitz
April 22, 2:00-4:00pm ET – Bryan Overstreet
April 26, 6:00-8:00pm ET – Adam Tyler
April 27, 6:00-8:00pm ET – Ann Kline
April 29, 7:00-9:00pm ET – Scott Gabbard

Webinar 2:
June 3, 6:00-8:00pm ET – Gina Anderson
June 3, 7:00-9:00pm ET – Hans Schmitz
June 3, 2:00-4:00pm ET – Bryan Overstreet
June 7, 6:00-8:00pm ET – Adam Tyler
June 8, 6:00-8:00pm ET – Ann Kline
June 10, 7:00-9:00pm ET – Scott Gabbard


American Citizen Planner Flyer

Learn about the program and how to apply.

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Name Job Title Email Phone
Valerie Clingerman Knox County Extension Director, Purdue Extension clingerman@purdue.edu (812) 882-3509
Annie Cruz-Porter Community and Regional Development Specialist, Purdue Center for Regional Development acruzpor@purdue.edu (765) 494-7273
Indraneel Kumar Regional Planner, GIS and Spatial Analysis, Purdue Center for Regional Development ikumar@purdue.edu (765) 494-7273
Amanda Mosiman Warrick County Extension Educator, Purdue University bailey1@purdue.edu (812) 897-6101
Tamara Ogle Regional Educator, Purdue Extension togle@purdue.edu (317) 523-8804
Dave Osborn Regional Educator, Purdue Extension osbornda@purdue.edu (317) 523-8804
Kara Salazar Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant salazark@purdue.edu (765) 496-1070
Daniel Walker Community Planning Extension Specialist, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant walke422@purdue.edu (765) 496-3245