April 6, 2014

2014 APA National Planning Conference Keynote Speakers

CHICAGO — Throughout the conference, keynote speakers will inspire and encourage conference attendees to expand their thinking. The conference presents an opportunity for attendees to directly hear from, and learn from national leaders.

OPENING KEYNOTE:  Connecting Public Health and Planning
Sunday, April 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
The acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak will discuss how public health and planning can successfully collaborate, how the built environment affects community health and how an active lifestyle benefits people of all ages and backgrounds.

Building Partnerships for Health
Monday, April 28, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, will lead a discussion on how communities can be planned for and built to promote health, including current initiatives underway across the country.

Large-Scale Development
Monday, April 28, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Egbert Perry, Chairman and CEO of Integral, will share his experiences of urban development, including developing and investing in mixed income, mixed use communities; and affordable and workforce housing.

Redevelopment After Sandy
Monday, April 28, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Get an update on the massive, multistate rebuilding and redevelopment effort after Hurricane Sandy from J. David Waggonner III, Principal of Waggonner & Ball Architects; Dale T. Morris, Senior Economist, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and Henk W.J. Ovink, Principal, Rebuild by Design and senior advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Tuesday, April 29, 9 – 10:15 a.m.
Hear how federal funding and technical assistance have made significant strides and how the partnerships have engaged community support and include diverse community voices. Panelists include Stanley Meiburg, U.S EPA; Edward J. Jennings, U.S. HUD; Yvette G. Taylor, U.S. DOT; and Linda Lee Giltz, AICP, Land-of-Sky Regional Council.

Post-Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, April 29, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan reports on the federal government's efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

Wednesday, April 30, noon – 1 p.m.
Candy Chang brings art and social interaction to public spaces and thereby redefines space. Her public installations such as the "Before I Die..." wall have graced public spaces all over the world. Chang will present a new take on planning and public art.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org