Policy and Advocacy Conference Program

2017 Policy & Advocacy Conference

Watch for additional advocacy training, activities, and deep dives to be added to this year's conference program.

  • Live In-Person Event 

    Messaging 101

    Unsure of what to say during a media interview? Afraid to be misquoted or led astray? Learn how to prepare for media interviews so what you say is heard. Returning for the second year, this session will focus on creating and using your planning messages to rise above the noise.
    September 24, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT
    • Roberta Rewers
    CM | 1.25
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Planners' Advocacy Network Boot Camp

    This exclusive, in-person boot camp will hone advocates' message-delivery skills by providing attendees an opportunity to practice proven techniques for communicating with representatives. This session is available to Planners' Advocacy Network members only.
    September 24, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
    • Stephanie Vance
    • Trevor Grady
    • Michael Johnson
    • Emily Pasi
    CM | 2.75
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Discussion of Research and Policy Principles for Autonomous Vehicle Implementation

    As the world of autonomous vehicles moves from theory and technology to regulation and local policy, APA is assessing the issues at stake for planning and communities. This session will provide an update on current research and policy development on AVs and, most importantly, give APA leaders a chance to provide early input and ideas on critical planning and policy concerns.
    September 24, 2017, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT
    • David Rouse, FAICP
    • Jason Jordan
    CM | 1.25
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Legal Issues for Non-Profits

    During this session, component leaders will learn some basics about legal issues for nonprofit organizations, including state law limitations, and state law vs bylaws. We will also discuss fiduciary responsibilities, the duty of care and the duty of loyalty. Attendees will learn about IRS restrictions on nonprofit activities, the categories of tax exemption, and the definition of taxable income.
    September 24, 2017, 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
    • Jack Bierig
    CM | 1.25
    L | 1.25
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Onboarding New Members and Students and Best Practices in Member Engagement for Chapters and Divisions

    Join APA staff for a discussion about industry best practices for attracting new members, retaining existing members and building capacity for engagement at the chapter and division level.
    September 24, 2017, 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
    • Elizabeth Lang
    • Monica Groh
  • Delegate Assembly

    The Delegate Assembly will convene to debate and adopt the Healthy Communities policy guide. The Delegate Assembly is for delegates appointed by chapter leadership. This is a listening opportunity available to all Policy Conference attendees.
    September 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Opening Plenary – Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Smart Cities, Federal Data, and Civic Innovation

    Keynote speaker John Thompson, former U.S. Census Bureau director, will discuss present day risks to federal data, how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explore if the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.
    September 24, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
    • John Thompson
    CM | 1.50
  • Opening Reception

    Join APA and colleagues at the 2017 Policy Conference welcome reception. Network with long-time colleagues or make new acquaintances over drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Loews Madison Hotel.
    September 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Networking Breakfast

    Join APA in the morning for a light breakfast to kick off day 2 of the 2017 Policy and Advocacy Conference.
    September 25, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. EDT
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Plenary Session: Equity and Economic Development

    Richard Florida, best known for his work on the "creative class," will discuss how the same forces that have propelled cities forward also are generating challenges, resulting in what he terms the "new urban crisis." Florida will be hand following the plenary to sign copies of his new book, The New Urban Crisis.
    September 25, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT
    • Richard Florida
    CM | 1.50
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Plenary Session: New Policy Directions at HUD

    With new administrations, come new policies directions. Hear from US Department of Housing and Urban Development leadership about their priorities and stances on issues top of mind for planners during the next four years.
    September 25, 2017, 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT
    • Neal Rackleff
    CM | 0.75
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Planning Post-Paris: Climate, Resiliency, and Local Leadership

    In 2017, President Trump pulled the United States off the list of 196 countries supporting the historic Paris Climate Agreement. This session examines the implications certain to arise for communities planning for extreme weather events.
    September 25, 2017, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
    • Jeffrey Payne, Ph.D.
    • Shelley Poticha
    • Samuel Carter
    • Shannon Burke
    CM | 1.25
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Local Lessons in Affordable Housing and Inclusive Growth

    Encouraging lawmakers to pass federal legislation that encourages the inclusive growth of communities is a top priority for APA. Hear from Washington, DC leaders about their experiences implementing these policies.
    September 25, 2017, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
    • Adrianne Todman
    • Corianne Scally
    • Jennifer Tidwell
    CM | 1.25
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Policy Luncheon: The Future of Work, Future of Planning

    Ryan Avent, senior editor and economics columnist for The Economist and author of The Wealth of Humans, will challenge attendees to consider the future of work in America. How will the changing nature of work affect communities and planning? What do key trends — ranging from automation to the gig economy — signify for public policy and planning?
    September 25, 2017, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EDT
    • Ryan Avent
    CM | 1.25
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Infrastructure: Prospects in DC, Innovation in the US, and the Global Perspective

    This session bring attendees the latest from Washington on infrastructure. Hear from experts with an inside perspective on what the Administration and Congress' next move on infrastructure is likely to be.
    September 25, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    • Joe McKinney
    • Kevin DeGood
    • Kate Slevin
    • Lourdes German
    CM | 1
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Food, Planning, and the Farm Bill

    The Farm Bill is set to expire in 2018. Movement on the issue is already underway by key members of Congress hoping to score a legislative win in FY 2018. Learn how planners are uniquely suited to play a central role in shaping any new legislation.
    September 25, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    • Greg Fogel
    • Katie Naessens
    • Aarthur Scott
    CM | 1
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Planning Law Review

    This in-person review delves into the important cases, the decisions that were made — or not made — and how this will affect planning at many levels. Legal experts and members of APA’s amicus curiae committee fill you in on what you need to know.
    September 25, 2017, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    • John Baker
    CM | 1
    L | 1
  • Live In-Person Event 

    State Legislative Hot Topics and Chapter Lobbyist Roundtable

    Learn from your colleagues about best practices in establishing a state level policy presence.
    September 25, 2017, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    • Kimberley Mickelson, AICP
    • Eldon James
    • Jason Jordan
    CM | 1
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Evening Plenary: Reimagining the Civic Commons

    Explore the power of public places in advancing the goals of socioeconomic mixing and civic engagement through a discussion led by Lynn M. Ross, AICP, founder of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC and a consultant with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
    September 25, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT
    • Lynn Ross, AICP
    • Michael DiBerardinis
    • Daniel Rice
    • Alexa Bush
    CM | 1
  • Evening Reception on Capitol Hill

    Join APA, national partners, and congressional staff on Capitol Hill to honor 10 years of APA's Great Places in America program. Celebrate 10 years of exceptional planning stories, and the work of planners and elected officials working in concert to make the 260 designated neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces the strong, accessible places they are today.
    September 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to September 25, 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Beginner Advocacy Training

    Advocacy Guru Stephanie Vance will be onsite to answer your questions about having an effective meeting with members of Congress.
    September 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT
    • Stephanie Vance
    CM | 1
  • Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

    Planners' Day on Capitol Hill is the culmination of the 2017 Policy and Advocacy Conference. Meet with your members of Congress to talk about pressing planning policy issues. APA will setup your meetings with elected officials and their staffs.
    September 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Live In-Person Event 

    Congressional Luncheon

    Hear directly from US Rep. Rodney Davis about the latest developments on the likelihood of an infrastructure package moving on Capitol Hill in FY 2018.
    September 26, 2017, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT
    • Rep. Rodney Davis
  • American Planning Association
    Live In-Person Event 

    Advocacy Day Informal Meet Up

    Join APA policy staff and Planners' Day participants to debrief about the day's meetings over drinks. The informal debrief will take place The Dubliner Irish Pub located just off of Capitol Hill at 4 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.
    September 26, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT