Policy and Advocacy Conference Education and Event Lineup

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September 18–20 • Washington, D.C.

Member Lauren Driscoll advocating for critical transportation issues at APA's 2015 Policy and Advocacy Conference.

What's in Store

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Join APA for a timely look at the issues. Learn what changing policies mean for your community, and get to know the people and the politics driving the decisions. This year, the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference brings you:


Intensive daylong training for leadership and conference attendees on topics including state advocacy, communications and social media, and leadership training.

Advocacy, Communications, Leadership Development Concurrents
9–10:15 a.m.

Advocacy, Communications, Leadership Development Concurrents
11 a.m.–12 noon

Leadership Luncheon and Open Discussion
12 noon–12:50 p.m.

Advocacy, Communications, Leadership Development Concurrents
1–2 p.m.

Policy Forum and Discussion of APA Policy Priorities
2:15–3:15 p.m.

Keynote: Winning at the State House: Issues, Trends and Advocacy
3:30–4:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary: Prosperity Playbook: Strategies for Inclusive Growth
5:30–7 p.m.

Join the American Planning Association for a panel discussion about the results of HUD’s Prosperity Playbook Initiative and examples of planning for equitable growth from city leaders around the country. Be among the first to see and learn about HUD’s new digital toolkit for local officials and planners — a toolkit which will arm cities with new ideas for creating a broad, shared prosperity in America’s cities, towns and regions.

Invited Speaker: U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

Partners: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National League of Cities, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Opening Reception
7–8 p.m.


Breakfast Event: Federal Agency Roundtable
7:30–8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: Smart Cities, Data & Innovation
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: New Research in Equity and Placemaking
9:45–11 a.m.

Invited Speaker: Raj Chetty

Concurrent Sessions
Land Use Law Review
Policy Innovations in Resiliency and Water Planning

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Policy Luncheon: Street Fight
12:30–2 p.m.

Invited Speaker: Janette Sadik-Khan

Concurrent Sessions
FAST Act Implementation & the Future of Infrastructure Funding
Local Lessons from Health & Aging Advocacy

2:15–3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions
Next Steps in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Hot Topics Lightening Round

3:45–5 p.m.

Evening Plenary: Election 2016 – What's Ahead and Implications for Local Communities
5–6 p.m.

Evening Social Events
6:30–8 p.m.


Planners' Day on Capitol Hill
Starts at the Loews Madison Hotel and moves to Capitol Hill at 10 a.m.

Mentor Match Up
7–7:30 a.m.

Breakfast Briefing & Orientation
7:30–8:45 a.m.

Beginner Advocacy Training
9–10 a.m.

Meetings on Capitol Hill
10:30 a.m.–12 noon

Make your voice heard! APA will coordinate meetings for you with your congressional representatives. Speak with your representatives about what matters most to planning. Establish relationships with congressional staff and become your community's go-to resource for on-the-ground planning issues.

Congressional Luncheon
12 noon –1 p.m.

Hear directly from APA Legislators of the Year about the latest development on Capitol Hill.

Meetings on Capitol Hill (continued)
1–4 p.m.

Congressional Briefing: Planning and Public Health
2–3 p.m.

Closing Celebration and Debriefing
5 p.m.

This event is optional. Location to be announced.

A Great Places in America honorary certificate presentation with, from left, Whit Blanton, FAICP, Melissa Zornitta, AICP, and Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.). Photos by Ben Zweig of Zweig Photography.