APA's 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference is where grassroots advocacy comes to life. Planners from around the country will gather to learn about legislative issues that impact planning, develop engagement and advocacy tools and techniques, and speak with their representatives in Congress.
Learn about current legislative issues in planning and trends at all levels of government. APA's 2019 policy priorities — member-driven and rooted in our core beliefs — include infrastructure investment, housing choice and affordability, high-quality federal data, and healthy and safe communities.
Build your leadership and engagement skills, and bring new techniques home to advocate on local issues and inspire community engagement.
Meet with your representatives to advocate for planning and for your community. State and federal representatives are making decisions on legislation that impacts communities every day. Stand up for planning by ensuring those decisions are made with planners' expertise and perspective.
There are many reasons to attend the 201 Policy and Advocacy Conference. We've highlighted five:
1. STAND UP FOR PLANNING
Influence decision makers — your stories, expertise, and voice can be game changers.
2. MAKE VALUABLE CONNECTIONS
Whether you're a seasoned professional or just getting started, the Policy and Advocacy Conference's intimate setting offers a unique opportunity for experienced planners, students, and emerging professionals to connect with colleagues and leaders from across the country.
3. START A DIALOG WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVEs
Remember, you're the expert. Help your representatives understand how cuts to critical planning programs will impact the people who elected them.
4. BEcome A MORE EFFECTIVE PLANNER
What you learn will help you work smarter, faster, and better.
5. ADD TO YOUR ADVOCACY TOOLBOX
Sharpen and improve upon advocacy skills that are essential to planning. Tip: Join APA's free Planners' Advocacy Network to learn how to be a more effective advocate and save money on Policy and Advocacy Conference registration.
AICP members may earn CM credits for attending many Policy and Advocacy Conference sessions.
- Typical conference attire is business casual.
- APA will record and photograph portions of the conference. By registering for the 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference, you agree to be photographed or recorded and grant APA permission to use the photographs or recordings on APA's website, YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and other social media; in APA publications; emails; and elsewhere.