APA 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference


Attend the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference and get three days of intensive advocacy, communications, and issue training that leads up to a day devoted to meeting with your representative, senators, and their staffs on Capitol Hill.

This year's program digs deep into the issues that top APA's 2018 policy agenda.

Standing up for planning has never been so important

This is one conference you do not want to miss.

At the 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference, you will:

  • Consider the fiscal health of cities and communities that are pressed to do more with less federal funding.
  • Put state issues front and center because increasingly, states are tackling America's most daunting policy issues, including housing supply and affordability.
  • Learn about APA's new Planning Home initiative to reshape the way planners, policy makers, developers, and advocates use planning to address the housing affordability crisis. In-depth sessions will cover state legislative reform, innovative funding strategies, inclusive growth, and other guiding principles.
  • Join fellow planners who are raising their voices and moving to the forefront of advocacy and leadership.

This is one conference you do not want to miss.

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This quick overview of program terminology will help you develop your personal conference schedule.

Delegate Assembly

This is where APA develops its policy positions on issues central to creating stronger communities. This member-led event is a listening opportunity for all conference attendees. It's on Sunday, before the conference officially kicks off with the Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas.

Great Places in America announcement

APA unveils the 2018 Great Places in America at a press event during Planners' Day on Capitol Hill.

Mobile Tour

Get an up-close, planner's-eye view of planning issues at play in Washington. The tour is free but space is limited.

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

On the conference's third and final day, APA members speak with their elected representatives on Capitol Hill about top-of-mind planning issues. Staff set up attendees' meetings with elected officials.


Planning thought leaders and city, state, and federal office holders will speak at this year's five conference plenaries. All plenaries are eligible for Certification Maintenance credit.


Network with colleagues and connect with new faces during our opening reception on Sunday evening, and with planners, partners, and Hill staff during the Monday evening's Great Places in America reception on Capitol Hill. Your conference registration includes admittance to both receptions.


Dig deep with planning thought leaders and partners into outcomes planners are fighting for in state capitals and on Capitol Hill. Sessions last between 60 and 75 minutes and all offer CM credit.


Sharpen your storytelling and communication skills, get up-to-speed on federal and state advocacy best practices, and enhance your leadership capabilities — all before the conference kicks off on Sunday evening. Training sessions begin at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday and are open to all conference attendees. Most offer CM credit.