APA 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference (copy for testing)

American Planning Association


Monday, September 24, 2018, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5 p.m. EDT

Washington, DC, United States


Join APA in Washington, D.C., on September 24–26 for the annual Policy and Advocacy Conference. This year's program will feature:

  • Sessions on federal, state, and local concerns
  • Advocacy training
  • Deep dive on issues likely to impact planners over the next decade at our annual Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas
  • New thoughts on policy topics every planner should understand

All of the tips, training, and resources attendees receive onsite will prepare them for the final day of the conference when planners head to Capitol Hill to meet with their federally elected officials and communicate planning priorities top of mind in their states and district.

Basic Registration

Conference Rates Deadline:
September 14
APA Member and Nonmember $195
APA Leadership (Chapter Presidents, Chapter Legislative Liaisons, Division Chairs and SRC), Legislative and Policy Committee, Legislative Liaison, Students, and Planners' Advocacy Network $95

Be a part of APA's network of engaged planning advocates shaping policy positions and advancing the federal policy agenda for planning through APA. Membership in the Planners' Advocacy Network is free to APA members.

Join the Planners' Advocacy Network now and enjoy access to the reduced conference rate and exclusive Planners' Advocacy Network pre-conference training. Join the Network by visiting the Advocacy & Interests section of My APA and checking the box "Yes, Include me in the Planners' Advocacy Network."

To ensure your discount, log out of the APA website after you join the Network and log in again to register for the Policy and Advocacy Conference.

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Conference registration includes

Changes and Cancellations

All registration changes and cancellations must be received by email to registrationchanges@planning.org by September 14, 2017, to be eligible for a refund. There will be a $50 processing fee for cancellations.

For registration questions e-mail confregistration@planning.org or call 312-334-1250.


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  • Messaging 101

    Unsure of what to say during a media interview? Afraid to be misquoted or led astray? Learn how to prepare for media interviews so what you say is heard. Returning for the second year, this session will focus on creating and using your planning messages to rise above the noise.
    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EDT
    • Roberta Rewers
    CM | 1.25
  • Discussion of Research and Policy Principles for Autonomous Vehicle Implementation

    As the world of autonomous vehicles moves from theory and technology to regulation and local policy, APA is assessing the issues at stake for planning and communities. This session will provide an update on current research and policy development on AVs and, most importantly, give APA leaders a chance to provide early input and ideas on critical planning and policy concerns.
    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. EDT
    • David Rouse, FAICP
    • Jason Jordan
    CM | 1.25
  • Planners' Advocacy Network Boot Camp

    This exclusive, in-person boot camp will hone advocates' message-delivery skills by providing attendees an opportunity to practice proven techniques for communicating with representatives. This session is available to Planners' Advocacy Network members only.
    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    9:15 a.m. - noon EDT
    • Stephanie Vance
    • Trevor Grady
    • Michael Johnson
    • Emily Pasi
    CM | 2.75
  • Onboarding New Members and Students and Best Practices in Member Engagement for Chapters and Divisions

    Join APA staff for a discussion about industry best practices for attracting new members, retaining existing members and building capacity for engagement at the chapter and division level.
    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    10:45 a.m. - noon EDT
    • Elizabeth Lang
    • Monica Groh
  • Legal Issues for Non-Profits

    During this session, component leaders will learn some basics about legal issues for nonprofit organizations, including state law limitations, and state law vs bylaws. We will also discuss fiduciary responsibilities, the duty of care and the duty of loyalty. Attendees will learn about IRS restrictions on nonprofit activities, the categories of tax exemption, and the definition of taxable income.
    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    10:45 a.m. - noon EDT
    • Jack Bierig
    CM | 1.25
    L | 1.25
  • Opening Plenary – Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Smart Cities, Federal Data, and Civic Innovation

    Keynote speaker John Thompson, former U.S. Census Bureau director, will discuss present day risks to federal data, how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explore if the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.
    Sunday, September 24, 2017
    4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT
    • John Thompson
    • Nader Afzalan
    • Mary Jo Hoeksema
    CM | 1.50
  • Networking Breakfast

    Join APA in the morning for a light breakfast to kick off day 2 of the 2017 Policy and Advocacy Conference.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. EDT
  • Plenary Session: Equity and Economic Development

    Richard Florida, best known for his work on the "creative class," will discuss how the same forces that have propelled cities forward also are generating challenges, resulting in what he terms the "new urban crisis." Florida will be hand following the plenary to sign copies of his new book, The New Urban Crisis.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT
    • Richard Florida
    • Jessica Zimbabwe
    • Majestic Lane
    CM | 1.50
  • Plenary Session: New Policy Directions at HUD

    With new administrations, come new policies directions. Hear from US Department of Housing and Urban Development leadership about their priorities and stances on issues top of mind for planners during the next four years.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT
    • Stan Gimont
    CM | 0.75
  • Local Lessons in Affordable Housing and Inclusive Growth

    Encouraging lawmakers to pass federal legislation that encourages the inclusive growth of communities is a top priority for APA. Hear from Washington, DC leaders about their experiences implementing these policies.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
    • Adrianne Todman
    • Corianne Scally
    • Jennifer Tidwell
    CM | 1.25
  • Planning Post-Paris: Climate, Resiliency, and Local Leadership

    In 2017, President Trump pulled the United States off the list of 196 countries supporting the historic Paris Climate Agreement. This session examines the implications certain to arise for communities planning for extreme weather events.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
    • Jeffrey Payne, Ph.D.
    • Shelley Poticha
    • Samuel Carter
    • Shannon Burke
    CM | 1.25
  • Infrastructure: Prospects in DC, Innovation in the US, and the Global Perspective

    This session bring attendees the latest from Washington on infrastructure. Hear from experts with an inside perspective on what the Administration and Congress' next move on infrastructure is likely to be.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
    • Joe McKinney
    • Kevin DeGood
    • Kate Slevin
    • Lourdes German
    CM | 1
  • Food, Planning, and the Farm Bill

    The Farm Bill is set to expire in 2018. Movement on the issue is already underway by key members of Congress hoping to score a legislative win in FY 2018. Learn how planners are uniquely suited to play a central role in shaping any new legislation.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT
    • Greg Fogel
    • Katie Naessens
    • Aarthur Scott
    CM | 1
  • Planning Law Review

    This in-person review delves into the important cases, the decisions that were made — or not made — and how this will affect planning at many levels. Legal experts and members of APA’s amicus curiae committee fill you in on what you need to know.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT
    • John Baker
    CM | 1
    L | 1
  • State Legislative Hot Topics and Chapter Lobbyist Roundtable

    Learn from your colleagues about best practices in establishing a state level policy presence.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT
    • Kimberley Mickelson, AICP
    • Eldon James
    • Jason Jordan
    • Yorik Stevens-Wajda
    CM | 1
  • Evening Plenary: Reimagining the Civic Commons

    Explore the power of public places in advancing the goals of socioeconomic mixing and civic engagement through a discussion led by Lynn M. Ross, AICP, founder of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC and a consultant with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
    • Lynn Ross, AICP
    • Michael DiBerardinis
    • Daniel Rice
    • Alexa Bush
    CM | 1
  • Evening Reception on Capitol Hill

    Join APA, national partners, and congressional staff on Capitol Hill to honor 10 years of APA's Great Places in America program. The reception will take place on the Senate side of Capitol Hill, Hart 902.
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. EDT
  • Breakfast Briefing and Orientation

    Prepare with APA's Policy team for Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, the culmination of the Policy and Advocacy Conference. Get tips for making the most of your face-to-face meeting with your representatives and their staff. A light breakfast will be provided during this time.
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. EDT
    • Jason Jordan
  • Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

    Planners' Day on Capitol Hill is the culmination of the 2017 Policy and Advocacy Conference. Meet with your members of Congress to talk about pressing planning policy issues. APA will setup your meetings with elected officials and their staffs.
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT
  • Group Photo at the Capitol

    A group photo of participants in Planners' Day on the Hill will happen at 11:45 a.m. on the plaza directly above the Capitol Visitors Center located on the Supreme Court side of the Capitol building.
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT
  • Congressional Luncheon

    Hear directly from US Rep. Earl Blumenauer about the Safe Communities Act, his new bipartisan bill that would better prepare communities for disasters. US Rep. Rodney Davis will stop by to discuss the latest developments on the likelihood of an infrastructure package moving on Capitol Hill in FY 2018. The luncheon will take place on the House side Capitol Hill, Rayburn 2167.
    Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
    • Rep. Rodney Davis
    • Rep. Earl Blumenauer
  • Addressing Inclusive Growth in DC's NoMa

    Learn about housing affordability challenges in the nation’s capital, the impacts of new development on longtime residents, and steps the city is taking to address the affordability and growth issues of our time on an hour long walking tour through DC's NoMa neighborhood. Advanced registration is required for this 60-minute walking tour.
    Monday, September 24, 2018
    12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EDT
    • Galin Brooks
    • Chapman Todd
    • Lee Goldstein
    • Paul Maslog
    CM | 1
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  • Legal Issues for Non-Profits

    During this session, component leaders will learn some basics about legal issues for nonprofit organizations, including state law limitations, and state law vs bylaws.
    Monday, September 24, 2018
    2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT
    • Jack Bierig
    CM | 1.25
    L | 1.25
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  • Policy Luncheon: The Future of Work, Future of Planning

    Ryan Avent, senior editor and economics columnist for The Economist and author of The Wealth of Humans, will challenge attendees to consider the future of work in America. How will the changing nature of work affect communities and planning? What do key trends — ranging from automation to the gig economy — signify for public policy and planning?
    Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EDT
    • Ryan Avent
    CM | 1.25
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  • Beginner Advocacy Training

    Advocacy Guru Stephanie Vance will be onsite to answer your questions about having an effective meeting with members of Congress.
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    9 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT
    • Stephanie Vance
    CM | 1
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  • Advocacy Day Informal Meet Up

    American Planning Association
    Join APA policy staff and Planners' Day participants to debrief about the day's meetings over drinks. The informal debrief will take place The Dubliner Irish Pub located just off of Capitol Hill at 4 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT
    You cannot log or evaluate future events.