NPC17 Wrap Up: Monday, May 8

Planning excellence was the word of the day at NPC17 on Monday, from the National Planning Awards Luncheon to thought-provoking sessions and exceptional student poster presentations that left the conference buzzing. Check out what you may have missed, or relive what you enjoyed, with our Day 3 wrap-up.

17 Award Recipients Honored

APA honored the 2017 National Planning Award recipients during a special multimedia presentation and luncheon. Honored were the five National Planning Excellence recipients and 12 National Planning Achievement recipients. 

Popular Sessions Packed Rooms (and Twitter’s Servers) to the Gills

Today’s agenda was jam-packed with popular sessions that had planners talking throughout the day. Workshops and discussions on topics as varied as “New Ruralism,” writing staff reports, supporting small businesses through zoning, and “The Role of the 21st Century Planner” drew standing-room only crowds. Here’s a selection of some of the chatter on social media.

Planning on Display

Planners from students to veterans shared their innovative planning projects via display posters inside the Planning Expo. NPC17 attendees could vote for their favorite poster. The winning poster (and one randomly selected voter) each received a $100 Amazon gift card in addition to bragging rights.

First Place: Chicken Fever, by Jessica Dempsey Tullar, AICP, City of Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Georgia; Kaitlin Messich, UGA: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Athens, Georgia; and Danny Bivins, UGA: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Athens, Georgia. Photo by Kate Calabra.


Second Place: Rome: Past, Present Future, by James Piacentini. Photo by Kate Calabra.


Third Place: Legislating for Equal Access: Places for People, by Robin Ocubillo. Photo by Kate Calabra.


Connecting with Planning's Next Generation

One of the ongoing activities at NPC17 is the Mentor Match program, where emerging professionals are paired up with experienced planners to network and learn from one another. This year, 75 mentors were paired with 125 proteges — read the blog by Cynthia Hoyle, FAICP, on her experience as a mentor and advice for young planners.

Zoning In

The Tech Zone inside the APA Pavilion was abuzz with activity today from virtual reality experiences to conversations how technology will impact communities. Planners and developers worked side by side in the Data Jam to help New York City’s Department of City Planning clean up and enhance its newly launched Facilities Database.

Equity Driving Policies

How do we create environmental justice? How do we meet the needs of our increasingly diverse communities? And how do we make sure those voices shape our policies?

To Carlton Eley, the first planner hired by the EPA, the answer is clear: it’s a planning issue.

Catalyzing Livable Communities with Cultural Planning

More than 100 planners gathered at NPC17 to learn how arts and cultural planning can advance a range of planning priorities through cross-sector and cross-disciplinary innovations. Jennifer Henaghan, AICP, APA's deputy research director, was there to capture the conversation.

Fostering Coalitions, Equity, and Healthy Communities

On Sunday, planners and public health professionals spent four hours in a deep-dive session discussing coalition building and equity while sharing strategies for fostering the Healthy Communities movement.


#NPC17 has been active all week on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Check out today’s online conversation through our Storify, and be sure to keep using #NPC17 on your posts!

Top image: NPC17 posters. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.

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Dustin Calliari is APA's content marketing coordinator.

May 8, 2017

By Dustin Calliari