NPC17 Wrap Up: Tuesday, May 9

NPC17 ended on a high note Tuesday with a packed closing keynote and final workshops and sessions. Check out what happened on the final day of conference, and we hope you enjoyed NPC17!

The Art of Loving Your City

Peter Kageyama gave an uplifting closing keynote address, urging planners to strengthen the affection between cities and their citizens, and describing how "love notes" of placemaking add value to places that outweigh potential costs.


‪"It's not about what cities do for us, it's about what we do for cities" - @pkageyama #NPC17 ‬

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Celebrating APA Members

This morning's APA-AICP Annual Meeting and Leadership Honors celebrated member contributions to the association. APA CEO Jim Drinan discussed membership benefits — access to the digital Planning Advisory Service Library and free student membership — which received a rousing round of applause. AICP President Glenn Larson, AICP, spoke to the Commission's work at advancing the profession and the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Certification Maintenance. APA President Cynthia Bowen, AICP, discussed how the organization is a strong advocate of planning.


Policy Team Briefs Planners on Legislative Priorities

APA's Policy team hosted a daily policy briefing Sunday through Tuesday covering each one of APA's newly adopted Legislative Priorities. Tuesday's daily policy briefing focused on planners' needs for transparent and trustworthy data from the federal government. Attendees joined APA's policy experts in a discussion on what we're calling on Congress to provide: expansion of federal data programs, promotion of smart technology, and help for communities to improve approaches to hazard mitigation planning.


The conversation flowed into the halls from the "One Water Planning: New Directions for APA" session. Interested in learning more? APA's Water and Planning Network provides an opportunity to get involved.

Marketing Yourself, Your Work, and Your Firm

Sponsored by APA's Private Practice Division, this session was packed with private sector planners discussing special considerations of their work — namely, the need to market themselves and their firms.

That's All from NYC!

To more than 6,300 attendees — thanks for joining APA in New York City! It's been a great conference, and it wouldn't be possible without all of you.

If you missed any of our daily wrap-up coverage, check it out here:

And See You in the Crescent City!


NPC18 is going to New Orleans! We hope you'll be able to join us April 21-24.

Speaking of next year, the NPC Committee is looking for a few good members to review conference session proposals. Please think about volunteering to serve as a conference proposal reviewer.

Top image: Attendees of NPC17 explore Central Park on a mobile workshop. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.

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May 9, 2017

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