News Release: Standing for Planning at APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference

WASHINGTON, DC — Registration is now open for the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual Policy and Advocacy Conference, September 24–26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This conference provides attendees with an in-depth look at the latest federal policy initiatives and connects the dots on how these initiatives can influence and impact planning decisions made within local communities.

At the conference, attendees will hear from top Administration officials, learn how to advocate for planning, and can meet with Congressional officials. Topics for discussion include affordable housing and inclusive growth, planning efforts post–Paris Climate Agreement, infrastructure, and the upcoming expiration of the Farm Bill and its implications to communities around the country.

Keynote speaker highlights include:

  • John Thompson, former Census director, will deliver the Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Smart Cities, Federal Data and Civic Innovation keynote on Sunday evening. Thompson will discuss the risks to federal data, how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explore if the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.
  • Richard Florida, cofounder of CityLab and author of New Urban Crisis, will share his perspective on the connection between equity and economic development at the opening plenary. Best known for his work on the “creative class,” Florida will discuss how the same forces that have propelled cities forward are also generating challenges.
  • 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 and if the changing nature of work will affect communities and planning.

Closing out the conference, attendees will head to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective representatives during Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill. This is an opportunity for planners to talk about pressing policy issues.

Registration for APA’s Policy and Advocacy Conference is open through September 14, 2017. The conference event will take place at the Loews Madison Hotel.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;

August 29, 2017