NPC17 Wrap Up: Saturday, May 6

The first day of NPC17 was filled with trending topics, including Peter Leyden’s opening keynote, mobile workshops that got attendees out and about in NYC, and the annual Exhibitor Meet and Greet. Read reactions on what you enjoyed (and catch up on what you may have missed) from Day 1 of NPC17!

A New Era of ‘Reinvention’ Driving Change

Peter Leyden, former editor of Wired magazine, delivered the opening keynote with a look at how the United States is undergoing a period of reinvention driven by the digital revolution and globalization. The message for planners? Planners will need to plan for rapid technological changes, including broadband, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence.

Miss it or want to catch it again? Watch his full address below.

“FutureShape”: APA Foundation Unveils First Signature Cause

Mary Kay Peck, FAICP, introduces FutureShape. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.

This morning, Mary Kay Peck, FAICP, announced the first signature cause of the APA Foundation, called FutureShape. FutureShape is an effort to develop a strategic framework of planning and research priorities along with actionable tools to shape the future and focus of planning.

To support FutureShape and the mission of the APA Foundation with a tax-deductible donation, visit the APA Pavilion inside the expo hall at NPC17 in New York, make a contribution using the APA NPC17 app, or donate online via APA’s Foundation website.

Community Planning Workshop Volunteers Visit Howard Beach, Queens

Volunteers travelled to the Howard Beach community in Queens as part of the annual AICP-sponsored Community Planning Workshop. The planners and local residents examined how green infrastructure could alleviate chronic flooding.

Thomas Combe from the Netherlands (left) and a resident talk in front of newly elevated house in the Howard Beach neighborhood. Photo by Ryan Scherzinger.


Houses on stilts in Howard Beach, Queens. Photo by Ryan Scherzinger.

A woman at the Community Planning Workshop contributes to a brainstorming list. Photo by Ryan Scherzinger.

Leveraging Partnerships to Promote Healthy Communities

Representatives from six of eight partner organizations, which represent 450,000 professionals, introduced the Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities. The Joint Call to Action recognizes the built environment as a key determinant of health.

Exhibitor Meet and Greet

Attendees took to the Planning Expo for the Exhibitor Meet and Greet to network, visit with exhibitors and fellow planners, and check out the latest in planning technology at the Tech Zone.

Leaders Chart APA's Course

Before all the sessions, workshops, tours, and receptions began, APA leaders got together for a series of leadership meetings from Wednesday to Friday to chart APA’s course forward. Big thanks to our volunteer leaders!

#NPC17 Is Trending

Planners were tweeting up a storm during the first day of conference — so much that #NPC17 was trending in NYC! Check out what was driving the conversation through our Storify.

Top photo by Joe Szurszewski.

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Dustin Calliari is APA's content marketing coordinator.

May 7, 2017

By Dustin Calliari