NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Don Draper was a master of the pitch - from selling Lucky cigarettes to Kodak’s carousel. In today’s fast paced, media-centric world, presentation skills are critical for success. Learn seven tips from the field of advertising to perfect your pitch.
Planners need to become more familiar with the demographic changes that are taking place nationwide as well as the challenges and opportunities these changes bring in order to better engage and represent diverse populations.
Are you contemplating a move into planning management? Find out from three newly minted planning managers what skills and knowledge proved essential during their first 100 days on the job. And learn what they wish had contemplated before joining the management ranks.
In this 'doctor is in' type session, planners working in diverse communities can get advice from their peers. Topics available for discussion include affordable housing, arts and culture, economic development, gentrification, public health, public transportation and zoning.
Downtown organizations, including business improvement districts, are playing a significant role in shaping the future of our cities, including influencing policy, raising the expectations for planning and participation, and assisting in implementation.
City food policy is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Seven city food policy advisors from across the nation share their organizational structure, planning tools and lessons learned. Find out how your city can incorporate food policy into planning. Session includes Q&A.
Young people have much to contribute to planning efforts! This session will introduce the promising Youth-Plan, Learn, Act, Now (Y-PLAN) methodology; showcase current Y-PLAN projects; and provide tips, insights, and best practices for engaging young people in tackling issues from climate change and gentrification to transportation and public amenities.
The Planning Leadership Institute (PLI) provides planning directors and others in leadership roles with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection to explore the nature of leadership, address challenges, and shape your legacy in your community.
When it comes to city spaces, women are the canaries of the coalmine. In other words, where there are no women, something is wrong. This women-led session explores the importance of gender in decision-making and the design of our cities.
Memos, staff reports, master plans all require focused ideas and vivid language to be effective. Through discussion and hands-on work, attendees will shape concepts, refine ideas, and convey them accurately and creatively. Get your pencils and be ready to rewrite!
This session has been cancelled.
Everyday new sustainability and resiliency-focused jobs are created by both public agencies and private corporations. But what are employers looking for in candidates? Where are these jobs advertised? What should interested candidates do to prepare for these positions? Learn from several sustainability experts on how to craft careers focused on sustainable development.
If you work in the private sector, you know that marketing is a fact of life. And, as a public sector planner, consultants' marketing approaches can be informative or off-putting. How do planners effectively reach out to new clients to convince them that they would be the perfect choice for a project?
This session will speak to the main trends and technologies of future cities, as well as how city planning departments will need to adapt to meet the needs and work with the cities of the future.
The United Nations recently achieved landmark agreements on development (Sustainable Development Goals), climate change (Paris Agreement), and urbanization (New Urban Agenda/Habitat III). How are U.S. cities doing their part to implement these agreements? Learn how and why Baltimore, New York, and San Jose have taken on this formidable challenge.
Government’s proactive work on racial equity has the potential to leverage significant change. Explore planning tools and two case studies to help you achieve racial equity in our communities.
Latino planners can face a number of distinct professional challenges. Identify the biggest professional development challenges you face as a Latino planner and explore how to address these challenges. Share your experiences and develop contacts with other Latinos in the planning profession.
Involvement in APA leadership can be a great way to jump start, or substantially build up, your network of contacts in the profession; and to build your own communications and leadership skills which employers highly value. Hear from experienced leaders who have participated in activities in all APA's components.
An innovative city-university partnership, Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC), helps cities address projects at an impactful scale. Discover how EPIC programs are advancing leadership in planning and putting knowledge into practice.
This panel discussion + ideas exchange features student leaders from all regions of the country to speak about their PSO’s successes and challenges. Stop in to hear what student organizations around the country are doing and network with your colleagues. Sponsored by the Student Representatives Council (SRC) Executive Committee.
Four Northeastern states have taken the lead in supporting sustainability initiatives pursued by local governments. While the initiatives vary by state, common elements have emerged. This session examines state and regional data sources and planning tools that have helped local governments work toward a more sustainable future.
A successful project requires a mutually supportive relationship between agencies and consultants, including communication, honesty, and ethical behavior. This session will pair the AICP Code of Ethics with everyone’s responsibilities to ultimately create a successful project for the community.
Major projects like a new Comprehensive Plan can seem overwhelming due to size of the project, controversial topic areas, various opinions of decision makers, the costs, and the deadline for completion. A number of jurisdictions are finding success by developing a Plan Charter or a “Plan for the Plan” prior to beginning the process.
Can “New Ruralism” become a counterpoint to New Urbanism? Hear how about the strategies rural communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have used to engineer a renaissance across the region.
As technology changes, so too does the local planning department. This session examines technological and other ways planning departments will need to adapt to meet community needs in the future.
Planners write thousands of staff reports every year, yet there is little disccusion about what makes a truly effective report. This session breaks the silence with two nationwide studies that indicate staff reports can be better and even help planners lead. It also looks at what the next generaion of staff reports might look like.
What do you need to know to manage today’s local planning agency creatively and effectively This session explores the perspectives, skills, and knowledge sets planners need to succeed in managing traditional practice as well as emerging sustainability and resiliency work.
Explore planning's historic evolution from visionaries to functionaries. A panel of AICP's Fellows (FAICP) will examine shifting professional and policy context of our work; reevaluate the larger purpose of planning; and advance the role of planners as 21st Century change-leaders.
Distinguished leaders from APA, ASLA, and AIA discuss the challenges for women in the future of our allied professions. What will it take to close the pay gap? How have our cities begun to reflect the shift toward women in decision-making roles?
Equitable development is sustainable development. Learn how to calibrate your place-based planning efforts to meet the needs of underserved communities more effectively and enhance other planning outcomes.
Explore the role of urban planning within the United Nations, especially the UN–Habitat program. Learn how UN–Habitat uses urban planning principles to improve urban settlements worldwide. Find out how the recent Habitat III conference will impact UN–Habitat goals.
We have all experienced challenging public meetings. Learn how expert planners have handled tough meeting situations with poise and finesse. You will be encouraged to share your “best of” public meeting stories in this interactive session.
Calling all young and emerging professionals! Network with your colleagues and learn about running a successful group in your chapter or division.
More than ever before, metropolitan planning organizations are adopting regional plans focused on sustainability. Come learn about financial incentives, web-based tools, and resources that MPOs are increasingly providing local member agencies to help implement regional plans from the bottom up.
An interactive discussion on professional stretching and how to take full advantage of opportunities to make yourself indispensable. Participants will share their own stories and learn how to create a compelling professional value proposition for potential employers and when networking.
Progressive city planning directors in New York City and the surrounding region share the results of an all-day retreat. Find out what’s occupying their time and what is (and is not) working. Come away with a vivid picture of the state of city planning in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region.
How do you implement regional growth plans across multiple cities? Discover how metropolitan planning organizations in Chicago and along Utah’s Wasatch Front crafted technical assistance programs to aid cities in aligning local planning efforts with regional visions for vibrant centers and corridors.
This facilitated discussion will engage participants in a dialogue about whether there is a need for greater exercise of leadership in planning practice and, if so, what this means for educating and training planning students and practicing professionals.
“Health-in-All-Policies” and “Health Impact Assessments” are emerging approaches to address public health challenges. Practitioners will share how to apply these methods, and how they may complement one another in facilitating cross-sectoral collaborations, community empowerment, and healthy community planning.
Gain an overview of the Together North Jersey initiative, its vision, and its plan for implementing the many strategies delineated in the plan. It will showcase 3 key success stories of diverse local initiatives around the region, all of which are well on their way towards implementing real change in their communities.