Connecting Federal Policy and Planning

WASHINGTON, DC — Planners from around the country will head to the nation’s capital for the American Planning Association’s (APA) sold out Policy and Advocacy Conference, September 23–25, 2018. This annual event provides attendees with an in-depth look at the latest federal and local policy issues and demonstrates how these issues can influence and impact planning decisions within local communities.

A strong focus this year is on the country’s housing crisis and the role of planning in addressing the crisis. Additional topics include autonomous vehicles (AVs); inclusive growth; community fiscal health; and federal resiliency and hazard planning policies.

Program highlights include:

  • Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Land Value Capture – Learn about land value capture, how states and localities leverage land value capture instruments, and strategies for implementation. Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
  • Planning Home – Several sessions will address key components of APA’s Planning Home initiative, such as state housing reform, local innovation, funding and finance.
  • Great Places Announcement – Share in the excitement on Capitol Hill as APA President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, announces the 2018 Great Places in Americadesignees.
  • Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill – More than 126 conference attendees will head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with their respective Congressional representatives to advocate for federal policies that support planning.
  • Congressional Luncheon – Hear how APA is partnering to address affordability and multi-generational housing gaps.

APA’s Policy and Advocacy Conference will be held at the Madison Washington D.C., a Hilton Hotel. While the conference is sold out to attendees, a few media comps are still available upon request.

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;

September 21, 2018