APA Virginia Chapter

Richmond, VA, United States

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Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:10 p.m. CST

How Accessible is Your Community (Part 1)

5

The actual main speakers - Chris McCahill and Matt Pettit, were quite good!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 1:38 p.m. CST

"Another Way of Living, the Story of Reston, VA" Film Screening

5

Excellent film, well done

Monday, November 20, 2017, 11:32 a.m. CST

Keynote Speech - The "Extremes of Virginia"

4

Very interesting topics and it was nice to heard a different perspective.

Monday, November 20, 2017, 11:29 a.m. CST

2017 Legislative Update

2

These are too detailed. For an audience that is closely following legislative matters in the General Assembly, it would be more engaging, but most of us do not follow these items this closely. Everything feels like an inside joke, with the audience on the outside. We need to freshen this up a little.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 2:33 p.m. CDT

Downtown Roanoke: Urban Renewal, Historic Preservation, and Planning for the Future

4

This session has set the tone for the remainder of the year. The topic of the impact of Urban Renewal on communities of Color have been increasingly in planning discussions this year and I am so glad I was able to hear the perspective of Dr. Shareef and the others on the panel.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 2:04 p.m. CDT

Trains to Brains: Exploring Roanoke's South Jefferson Redevelopment Area

5

One of the most informative and intellectually satisfying workshop tours I've ever taken. The exposure to the regional medical research center and the work they're doing was worth the price of the entire conference.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:54 p.m. CDT

Brownfields, Breweries and Economic Development

5

This tour really opened up the strategy and execution the City of Roanoke has embarked upon. From what I was able to experience they are firing on all cylinders and the results are spectacular. They have really infused a sense of place. There is vitality in the New River Valley and it appears as a direct result of great planning and great efforts on behalf of a number of local organizations.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 11:25 a.m. CDT

Explore Roanoke's Village Centers

5

Outstanding--this was the best mobile workshop I've attended in years. Great job pulling all of the right partners together.

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:42 p.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

4

Difficult subject - hard to make interesting, but they succeeded

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:38 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speech - Planning in the Age of "Alternate Facts"

4

Other than a few tripping over words, it was insightful and inspiring

Friday, September 1, 2017, 8:56 a.m. CDT

Leadership and the Role of the Planning Director

5

I gained much information on how a planning organization is staffed and sit takes to assess the level of skills required to make a planning organization successful. I also learned that a Planning Director has a difficult job balancing competing priorities within a constrained budget.

Friday, September 1, 2017, 8:32 a.m. CDT

Creating Collaborative Community Projects: What's the Special Sauce

4

This presentation was very good highlighting the importance revitalization projects to sustain economic development from the planning stages to implementation. I enjoyed learning about the New River Valley community.

Friday, September 1, 2017, 8:22 a.m. CDT

2017 Legislative Update

4

There was a fair amount of information provided on transportation issues.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 10:26 a.m. CDT

Updating Sign Codes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

5

Honestly, this was the best session of the entire event. The speakers were engaging and extremely effective. Practical information was quickly conveyed as succinctly as possible leaving plenty of time for questions.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:15 p.m. CDT

Demographic Trends in Virginia

3

The information shared is important to planning. A little dry.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:12 p.m. CDT

Planning for Inclusive Communities

5

Thought provoking and excellent way to help planners think outside the box.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:10 p.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

Ethics presentations are always helpful. Thought provoking and good information shared.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:05 p.m. CDT

Downtown Roanoke: Urban Renewal, Historic Preservation, and Planning for the Future

5

Always nice to hear about successful projects.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:02 p.m. CDT

Understanding Virginia's Entrepreneurial Communities Through Metrics and Benchmarking

3

This presentation needed a little more plain talk.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 5:46 p.m. CDT

21st Century Public Engagement

4

This was an informative session especially with the push for planner advocacy. I like the concept and hope it goes well. Do believe it would benefit to have a session yearly as this could be a thin line with regard to ethics.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 5:38 p.m. CDT

Autonomous Vehicles and Other Mobility Technologies: What's on the Horizon and How Will it Impact Planning?

5

This is a topic that needs to visited over and over. Planners are so bogged down with the check off requirements of local planning technology constantly is pushed to the bottom of the list. It is only used a buzz word. This is a true advocates area. Want to see more of this type of work session.

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 5:25 p.m. CDT

"Another Way of Living, the Story of Reston, VA" Film Screening

5

What a great documentary. Would be so cool to have this done for some other planned communities. But I do realize the uniqueness of Reston and the film increased my appreciation. Thanks for showing it.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:47 a.m. CDT

Demographic Trends in Virginia

3

Good session. It is hard to make demographics enjoyable to sit in the last session of the conference for, but the speakers did a good job of pointing out what we as planners should bevlooking at in the future.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:45 a.m. CDT

Planning for Inclusive Communities

5

One of the best sessions of the conference. I learned about an organization that I knew nothing previously about and the great work they are doing. I would recommend this be a day long workshop at any conference.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:42 a.m. CDT

Where the Sidewalk Ends: A Hands-On Mobility Fieldtrip and Scavenger Hunt

5

Excellent view from the other side. Made me think about how people move and get to where they need to when they may not have the means. Great mobile workshop with very knowledgable staff.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 11:36 a.m. CDT

"Another Way of Living, the Story of Reston, VA" Film Screening

5

Very moving film about community and what it means to plan.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9:57 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speech - The "Extremes of Virginia"

4

The more information that can be front of decision makers about disadvantaged areas and people in Virginia the better decisions (hopefully) can be made. There is so much information to process, it helps to have a speaker and advocate that is able to present such ideas before an audience of planners.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9:43 a.m. CDT

2017 Legislative Update

5

I believe there is a true benefit from knowing what happens in the state legislature as well as the federal and starting the conference with this panel was eye opening and thought provoking.

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 4:02 p.m. CDT

Demographic Trends in Virginia

4

important topic and smart researchers perhaps not the best prepared for planners' perspectives and questions

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3:51 p.m. CDT

Plenary - Smart Cities: Enablers, Challenges, and Opportunities

4

Rather scary but good to know

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 3:49 p.m. CDT

Solar Farms and Community Energy Planning in Virginia

5

very timely and informative

Friday, August 4, 2017, 5:12 p.m. CDT

"Another Way of Living, the Story of Reston, VA" Film Screening

5

This movie should be a must see for all planning students , practioners, and anyone considering planning as a profession. Simon is a legend and the movie of his life story and vision for Reston-- as well as the documentary of the people who live there interacting with him also as a resident, is truly inspiring. It made me proud of what I do and hopefully that with the correct mindset, we truly can make great communities happen.

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:34 a.m. CDT

Planning for Inclusive Communities

5

Loved this presentation. Very thought-provoking and well facilitated.

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:31 a.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

The format of this presentation was well done. Very good examples (extra points for all being real-life) and everything had enough shades of gray to make for excellent group discussion.

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:29 a.m. CDT

Local Food Initiatives Role in Neighborhood Revitalization

5

I really enjoyed this tour! The mix of presenters was diverse and engaging and seeing the topics in person really drove home the point that local food and housing rehab initiatives are both important and impactful to our communities.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 3:58 p.m. CDT

Planning for Inclusive Communities

5

Great audience engagement!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 3:56 p.m. CDT

Creating the Virginia To-Do List: Fast Action Plans for Autonomous Vehicles (Part 2)

5

Excellent facilitated discussion.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 3:54 p.m. CDT

Creating the Virginia To-Do List: Fast Action Plans for Autonomous Vehicles (Part 1)

5

Excellent facilitation of group discussions.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 3:47 p.m. CDT

Plenary - Smart Cities: Enablers, Challenges, and Opportunities

5

A thorough yet comprehensible overview delivered at a fast pace.

Monday, July 31, 2017, 1:49 p.m. CDT

Planning for Inclusive Communities

5

Great Presentation!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speech - The "Extremes of Virginia"

4

Excellent presentation and information.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 2:13 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speech - The "Extremes of Virginia"

3

Excellent information regarding socio-economic trends, and other societal trends, in Virginia's lower-profile, less-resourced regions. Less excellent thoughts and considerations regarding potential responses, either in praxis or theory, regarding these troubling trends. The speech elicited some questions and discussion among my fellow attendees, but did not provide much in the way of application or potential solutions / responses.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 1:43 p.m. CDT

Engaging Comprehensive Plans: Tools for Developing Successful Planning Projects

5

I gained many insights from this session. This was one of the better sessions I attended. Real world examples from other Virginia localities helps to draw comparisons to see what others are up to and what has worked for them in regarding to Comp Plan development. Well done.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 1:28 p.m. CDT

The Big Picture

3

This was an a-typical exercise and I thought actually had alot of value. The issue was the time constraints. This session could have used another 30 minutes to allow formulation of thoughts and "plan of attack". Group members were so focused on interpreting the puzzle piece, painting the image, and seeking out paint colors and mixing to match colors that there did not seem enough time to also track down adjoining pieces to ensure lines connected across the ultimate project. I do recommend this exercise but time was issue.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 1:21 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speech - The "Extremes of Virginia"

5

Reminds me of the work of Jacob Riis, presenting stark realities in this case with facts and figures and some pictures showing the challenges faced through wide swaths of Virginia. While Virginia may be widely considered to be a growing success story it certainly has many areas that very much have been left out of the equation. This is not unique to SW Virginia however as large swaths of the Country including the Rust Belt, Deep South, larger extend of Appalachia all hve similar sobering stories. I enjoyed the keynote speaker and his attention and passion for the issue and matter of fact presentation style.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:54 a.m. CDT

Ethics Case of the Year

5

I like the format the last 2 years of reviewing cases and talking about the issues. A lot more engaging and interesting.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:47 a.m. CDT

Plenary - Smart Cities: Enablers, Challenges, and Opportunities

3

This was so much information and at times over my head, I think a simplified version or breaking into multiple sessions would be better.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:44 a.m. CDT

Autonomous Vehicles and Other Mobility Technologies: What's on the Horizon and How Will it Impact Planning?

4

I think this is an interesting topic and we keep talking about at various conferences and other events, there is so much uncertainty that it seems premature at times.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:41 a.m. CDT

Huntersville Plan Book: Incentivizing Single Family Infill in Struggling Neighborhoods

4

Would have liked to dig into the details a bit more on this.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:34 a.m. CDT

Capital Impacts Evaluations: What's Next for Cash Proffers

4

Similar to the previous year.

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