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Philadelphia to Host National Planning Conference Attendees This Week

American Planning Association's National Planning Conference in Philadelphia, April 1–4, 2023

CHICAGO (March 27, 2023) – The American Planning Association's (APA) National Planning Conference will bring thousands of community planners to Philadelphia April 1–4, 2023. Follow the conversation online with #NPC23.

During the four-day conference, attendees will dig into the obstacles facing communities such as housing affordability and availability, climate change impacts, and the diversification of transportation. Through sessions, learning labs, and mobile workshops, attendees will share knowledge and innovate on solutions, taking best land use practices, zoning reform efforts and other practices back to their respective communities.

Keynote speakers will challenge attendees. Michelle Miller will share her personal journey of how important it is to "see" yourself. And Rebekah Taussig will change how you think about disability and and barriers to inclusion.

More than 60 mobile workshops will take attendees into Philadelphia and the surrounding region to see the impact of planning, including: 

  • Conversion of the former Bok Vocational High School into a business incubator; 
  • Diversifying a cemetery for more than just end-of-life ceremonies; and
  • Using a waterfront master plan to transform post-industrial space along the Delaware River Waterfront.

This is the premier event for anyone working in the planning profession — from urban planners to transportation planners to historic preservationists to planning commissioners. Registration is available throughout the conference.

WHO: More than 4,000 community, regional, urban and rural planners from around the country, and even the world.

WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall E

WHEN: April 1–4, 2023

#NPC23 would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: AARP, Michael Baker International, esri, Oracle, Sam Schwartz, Tyler Technologies, Woods & Poole Economics, and WSP.

Note: A limited number of complimentary media registrations are available. Email publicinfo@planning.org.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. APA's 41,000 members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA's Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA is based in Chicago. Learn more at www.planning.org.

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Media Contact: Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org

March 27, 2023