Thanks for being a part of NPC23!
Over 4,000 attendees came together for NPC23, either in-person in Philadelphia or online. See where attendees traveled from and what they enjoyed about NPC23.
Across the pond connections
Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) president Sue Bridge and RTPI's Young Planner of the Year Simeon Shtebunaev attended NPC23 in Philadelphia and were able to make connections to planning work in the United Kindgom, cultural planning, and civic pride. APA and RTPI partner through the Global Planners Network to create opportunities for international learning exchanges.
This year's keynote speakers inspired attendees to think about how to move people through storytelling and to rethink how we build our communities.
"You have a story to tell. Your success — its been my experience — your success really depends on your ability to sell the story of the data, of the plan, and how you move the people you are communicating with to give you the green light."
— Michelle Miller
"I'd like to imagine a future that isn't only interested in letting disabled people participate in the 'normal' world. I'd like to imagine a world where we can let go of our grip on the notion of normal as some kind of valuable benchmark. Where conversations about access are deeply
imbedded in how we talk about and think about and plan for community. "
— Rebekah Taussig
April 26–28, 2023
More than 1,300 additional attendees from around the country logged in to NPC23 online. The second of two unique conference offerings this year that continued the conversation about planning, community, fun, and knowledge-sharing.
Let's Talk Community
Attendees came to Philadelphia to connect in-person, share updates, and network. See what got attendees excited about the host city.
More than 60 mobile workshops were available to take attendees throughout Philadelphia and around the region. Participants went by foot, bus, public transit, and bicycle.
The Mentor Match Mixer hosted by APA's Student Representatives Council connected mentors and mentees in the Career Zone.
"Be the 'I' in Kind Service Project" enabled attendees to paint a kindness rock to bring back to their community to help spread kindness.
Participants in the Planners' Day of Service assemble Calming Kits to donate to Kamp for Kids. Credit: APA Women & Planning Division.
Attendees were able to contribute and give back to the host city through the annual Planners' Day of Service. The event focused on learning about neurodiversity impacts of the built environment and creating Calming Kits for Kamp for Kids, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization providing fun experiences for kids on the neurodiversity spectrum.
Let's Talk Knowledge
A variety of learning formats were available throughout NPC23, including speed shares, case studies, in-depth discussions and learning labs.
Learning Labs guided participants through hands-on exercises encouraging interaction with other attendees to answer questions and actively participate in knowledge sharing.
Attendees were able to make new networking connections through events held in the Student Lounge.
Teams of students participated in the sixth annual Student Design Competition co-sponsored by APA's Urban Design and Preservation Division, Divisions Council, and the Student Representatives Council.
Closing keynote speaker Rebekah Taussig shared more about improving the built environment for differently abled people through the People Behind the Plans podcast.
Let's Talk Advocacy
From elevating your voice as a planner to understanding how to leverage federal planning support, attendees connected and engaged on all areas of advocacy.
Rodney Harrell, PhD, of AARP; NLC President and Tacoma, Washington, Mayor Victoria Woodards; and APA President Angela D. Brooks, FAICP, discuss zoning reform and housing availability and affordability as part of APA's Housing Supply Accelerator joint national campaign with NLC.
"It Takes A Planner" photo booth enabled attendees to take a portrait with the community they serve. See where planners are working through social channels using #ittakesaplanner.
Let's Talk Credential
From starting the certification process to nominating a planner for AICP Fellow, attendees could learn about the process and connect with mentors and leaders.
"AICP Certification — How/When/What/Why" explained how to start the certification process. Registration for the Spring AICP Certification Cycle is open now through April 27, 2023.
Let's talk fun
Attendees also took the opportunity to network and connect with each other throughout the conference.
Entertainment during The Hub Closing Celebration was provided by dueling pianos, leading the crowd through favorites such as Crocodile Rock and Piano Man.
Forgot your readers? No need to squint. Free readers were available for attendees, honoring the city where bifocals were invented.
Participants in the 5k Rocky Fun Run took to the streets taking in Philadelphia landmarks.
The Headshot Studio offered attendees complimentary professional headshots.
Log your CM
NPC23 offered more than 200+ sessions with deep dives into equity, housing, transportation and many more critical conversations important to the profession. AICP-certified planners, be sure to log your earned NPC23 CM!
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Thank you Sponsors
Top image: NPC23 attendees took to Philly streets on a walking mobile workshop. Photo by Wise Owl Multimedia. Design by Susan Deegan.
Photos by Wise Owl Multimedia, Roberta Rewers, Susan Deegan, and conference attendees.
ABout the author
Roberta Rewers is APA's senior communications manager.