MEDIA ADVISORY: April 28, 2014

National Poll Dispels Popular Assumptions About Improving Local Economies and Attracting New Residents

ATLANTA — The American Planning Association (APA) will release the findings of a national poll Wednesday, April 30, that shows Millennials and Baby Boomers want cities to focus less on subsidies to attract businesses and more on investing in new transportation options, walkable communities, shared economies, high-speed internet access, and housing where they can live as they grow older.


New National Poll – American Planning Association


April 30, 2014, 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.  EDT


Georgia World Congress Center Hall C, Room C-103, Atlanta

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Paul Farmer, FAICP, CEO of the American Planning Association

William Anderson, FAICP, currently President of the American Planning Association
William Anderson is a Principal Vice President and the Director of Economics and Planning for US West AECOM.

Rodney Harrell, Ph.D., AARP Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
Rodney Harrell serves as AARP's Senior Strategic Policy Advisor on housing and livable communities. @DrUrbanPolicy

Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Tech
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory. @DunhamJones

Kevin Green, President and CEO, Midtown Alliance
Midtown Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization and a coalition of leading business and community leaders — united in their commitment to Midtown as a premiere destination for commerce, culture, education, and living. @MidtownATL

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This briefing is being held in conjunction with APA’s 2014 National Planning Conference, which is taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, April 25-30. For more information about the conference, visit

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