APA Interact February 6, 2019

April 13–16 | San Francisco | Planning Connects Us

This week, Interact is all about NPC19. Don't wait to sign up for this exciting event! Lowest-cost, early-bird registration ends at 11:59 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, February 13. Prices will go up on February 14.
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Registration completed? Get ready to broaden your planning knowledge, explore planning San Francisco-style, earn CM credits, and connect with fellow planners at the premier planning event of the year.

The number one reason to attend NPC19? To connect.


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The City by the Bay

Enjoy our beautiful host city and the surrounding Bay Area.
  • Visit one of five APA-designated Great Places in America: four great neighborhoods and one great public space.
  • San Francisco consistently ranks as one of America's happiest, healthiest, and fittest cities. Fit right in by taking a Monday morning yoga class at the Presidio or joining Sunday's bayside 5K run and walk.
  • Explore like a local with City Guide, created by the NPC19 Local Host Sub-Committee and curated by local planners. It highlights don't-miss sights, sounds, and flavors throughout the region.
San Francisco is known for cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, and more recently for technology and innovation. But do you know it also is in the vanguard of planning? Expand your conference perimeter by signing up for a mobile workshop, orientation tour, or other off-site event. Fascinating mobile workshops include:

Our keynote speakers will help us explore how we connect to each other. Violinist and opening speaker Vijay Gupta founded the nonprofit Street Symphony to offer musical engagement and education to homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. Conference closer Brett Culp is a documentary filmmaker and founder of a community-empowering nonprofit, the Rising Heroes Project.

Take time to make new contacts at NPC19. (Someday a conference contact could be the one you call when you face an unexpected challenge!) Use breaks between sessions to continue conversations and join your colleagues at networking opportunities like these:
  • The Welcome Reception on Saturday is your chance to make new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends. APA will provide finger food and beverages. This event is included with registration.
  • When you register for NPC19, reserve your spot for Monday's Awards Luncheon and get ready to celebrate planning greatness. Tickets are free but required to attend this popular event.
  • Join us for Happy Hour Monday evening in the Exhibit Hall. Explore the exhibits, learn from exhibitors, and tour the Tech Zone with your new conference connections. Also stop by the APA Pavilion to meet staff, ask questions about membership, and find out how you can play an active role in APA initiatives.

NPC19 offers more than 230 educational, deep dive, and fast, funny, passionate sessions covering the very latest in planning practice. New this year are outside-the-box, interactive session formats like debates and presenter/audience conversations. Add a few of these creative sessions to your schedule or choose one of NPC19's 13 tracks — each one focused on an important current or emerging planning topic — to guide your education choices.

Learn more about the NPC19 program
Aspiring AICP members

Learn about certification and the candidate program — On Saturday, "Put Your Career on the Fast Track" will cover the career benefits of AICP certification and explain the AICP Candidate Pilot Program's alternative path to certification. Participants who graduate from PAB-accredited planning programs may take the AICP Certification Exam while "school learning" is still fresh and before they earn professional planning experience.
Prepare for the exam — If you plan to take the AICP Certification Exam soon, attend "AICP Exam Prep" on Monday. Fill your study kit with insights from experienced AICP members and informed analysis of the exam's five sections. This session, plus your planning education, will position you well for exam success and AICP certification.
Earn Certification Maintenance credits — AICP Candidates must earn and track 16 Certification Maintenance credits, including credits in law and ethics, before applying for certification. It will be easy at NPC19 — read on for details.
CM at NPC19

NPC19 offers hundreds of CM-eligible sessions on site, plus post-conference access to recordings and presentations via APA Learn.

Whether you are an AICP Candidate, an AICP member who needs to top off CM credits for the 2017–18 reporting period, or one who is eager to accumulate credits for 2019–20, NPC19 has you covered. Sessions on law and ethics include:
"Gentrification and the Law" (Sunday, 10:30 a.m.)
Explore historic trends and patterns in gentrification, legal tools that may be used to slow or mitigate its impacts, and constitutional constraints on local governments' anti-gentrification actions. CM | 1.50 | Law

"Ethics Cases of the Year" (Sunday, 8:30 a.m.)
Several ethics scenarios illustrate real-world applications of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Interactive discussions of relevant principles and rules of conduct for each scenario will be excellent preparation for the AICP Certification Exam. CM | 1.50 | Ethics
Professional institutes

Planning Leadership Institute (Sunday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
This full day of intensive training and professional reflection will develop skills and attitudes required to exercise leadership, influence stakeholders, face challenges, and shape your legacy. Connect with peers in a dynamic, creative workshop and leave with a plan for leading change in your community. CM | 8.0

Planning Management Institute (Sunday, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
If you now or soon will manage a public- or private-sector planning department, this lively, hands-on workshop is for you. Network with peers and learn best practices from experts. Topics range from coaching to conflict resolution, organizational politics, managing change, and more. CM | 8.0

Both institutes are sponsored by the APA City Planning and Management Division.
Job Fair and Career Networking Power Hour

Looking for a new job? Go to the Job Fair on Saturday to discuss open positions with employers in small-group information sessions.

Employers and job seekers alike are invited back to the Career Zone for an hour of networking during Monday evening's Happy Hour.
Headshot station

A professional photographer will take free headshots suitable for resumes, LinkedIn, and My APA in the Career Zone.
Resume Clinic

Get individualized feedback, insights, and tips in a 20-minute review of your resume conducted by a fellow member, private- or public-sector hiring manager, AICP Fellow, or APA division leader. Advance registration is required and will open on March 11.
Earn $100 as a conference volunteer

APA student members who work a five- to eight-hour shift at the conference earn $100. Interested? After you register for NPC19, APA will email an invitation to volunteer. Shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tip: Register by February 13 and your net cost will be only $25!
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SRC/YPG Ideas Exchange

On Sunday, members of the Student Representatives Council and young planners groups will share their experiences as young leaders of APA and the planning community. 
Community Planning Workshop

If you have experience in economic development, coalition building, displacement prevention, or public finance, you're invited to participate in Saturday's pro bono planning workshop in Oakland Chinatown. Help residents of this community plan and implement the equitable future they envision. Space is limited, so sign up now.
Youth Engagement Workshop

This Saturday event will start with learning techniques for engaging youth and cultivating leaders who are committed to planning stronger communities. Stay to participate in a collaborative workshop with locals who are working to end youth homelessness in San Francisco. Sign up now.
Review colleagues' resumes

Put your expertise to good use as a reviewer in the Resume Clinic. Last year reviewers helped hundreds of planners improve their resumes in individual, 20-minute sessions. To volunteer for this popular and rewarding program, contact CareerServices@planning.org.

AICP members may earn pro bono CM credits for volunteering at NPC19.
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2018 Community Planning Workshop photo by Ryan Scherzinger; other NPC18 photos by Riverview Photography; SF Ferry Building photo by Flickr user David Yu (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0); student volunteer photo by Joe Szurszewski.

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