2024 National Planning Conference

Code of Conduct and FAQ

Minneapolis | April 13-16, 2024

Online | May 8-10, 2024


Code of Conduct — Harassment and Discrimination Policy at APA Meetings

The American Planning Association holds professional conferences and meetings to enable our members to receive continuing education, build professional networks and collaborations, engage and recruit new members, and discover new technologies, methodologies, and services for professional and academic use. To provide all participants — members and other attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers — the opportunity to benefit from the event, our Association is committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment free of discrimination, hostility, and harassment in any form, for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, medical condition, physical appearance, ethnicity, race, religion, political affiliation, nationality, or any other group identity or basis protected by federal law. The Association does not tolerate discrimination, or any form of unlawful harassment, and is committed to enforcing this Code of Conduct (the "Code") at all American Planning Association events.

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We've pulled together some commonly asked questions to help make your conference experience a breeze.

Will NPC24 be an in-person conference in Minneapolis or is it online?

NPC24 includes two separate, unique events:

  • An in-person conference in Minneapolis, April 13-16, 2024
  • An online conference May 8-10, 2024

Where is the in-person conference being held?

NPC24 will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

When can I register?

Registration will launch in January.

What are the registration rates for NPC24?

Registration rates for members, students and non-members along with what is included in registration will be announced later this year.

How do I book a hotel for NPC24 in Minneapolis?

Hotels for the NPC24 will be announced when registration and the program launch in January.

How do I become a sponsor/exhibitor for NPC24?

While our prospectus is not yet available, it will be in the coming weeks. Please contact Don Cooksey at dcooksey@smithbucklin.com or 301-537-4811 (mobile)/202-367-2488 (office) for further details.

Call for Proposals

If I submitted a proposal for consideration for a session or mobile workshop, when will I find out if my program has been accepted?

Notifications for session and mobile workshop acceptance will be shared before registration opens in January 2024.

Do I have to be a member to submit a proposal?

Yes, you need to be a member to submit a proposal for sessions and Mobile Workshops.

Will speakers receive a discounted registration rate?

APA values the intellectual knowledge and expertise that speakers bring to the NPC program. For NPC24, accepted session speakers, mobile workshop coordinators and guides will receive a significant discount off the conference registration fee. All speakers are required to register for the conference and pay the conference rate based upon their sessions placement in the in-person or online program.

Are there quantities for how many speakers I can have in my proposals?

For Session: speaker maximums will be strictly enforced and only the maximum number of speakers for the accepted session type will receive the discounted registration rate.

For Mobile Workshops: APA members and nonmembers are encouraged to register and receive full conference benefits. If a mobile workshop coordinator or guide is only involved in the designated workshop and is not attending the conference, they will not be required to register. For those coordinators or guides who choose not to register — they will not have access to any of the conference outside of their designated workshop.

Are there speaker guidelines I should follow when submitting a proposal?

You are encouraged to gather a group of diverse experts to create a dynamic presentation.

Equity, diversity and inclusion is a priority commitment of APA, inclusive of NPC speakers and content.  As you begin to identify speakers for your session, we ask that sessions featuring multiple speakers are diverse in nature and include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and/or Female, Transgender, Gender-Fluid, Nonbinary, and Gender- Nonconforming individuals.

If you need resources to identify diverse speakers, please contact chairs of the Asian and Pacific Islander Interest Group, Latinos and Planning Division, LGBTQ and Planning Division, Planning and the Black Community Division (PBCD), Tribal and Indigenous Planning Division, and Women & Planning Division.

Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Send us an email with your question to meetings@planning.org. Additional FAQs will be added regularly.