About NPC17

Why Attend NPC17?

Start with Three Great Reasons

Explore New York City: It's dynamic, diverse, exciting ... and a showcase for some of today's most innovative planning.

Move to the Forefront: Join the conversation about new issues, trends, challenges, and solutions that are shaping today's planning. Get smarter at sessions and workshops offering the latest and best in professional planning education.

Grow Your Network: Grab this chance to boost your career and further your personal and professional goals. Meet old friends, renew acquaintances, and build key relationships.

Catch Our Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Saturday, May 6; 9–10:30 a.m.
Peter Leyden
"The Reinvention of America"

Join him following his keynote address in one of the designated "Continue the Conversation" areas.

Peter Leyden was managing editor at the original Wired magazine, founding director of the New Politics Institute, and founder of new media company Reinventors. He is recognized around the world as an expert on new technologies and future trends and the impact of the digital revolution on media, business, and politics.

Leyden started his career as a journalist, serving as a special correspondent for Newsweek in Asia, and has co-authored two books on new technologies and the future: The Long Boom and What's Next.

Closing Keynote

Tuesday, May 9; 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Peter Kageyama
"For the Love of Cities"

Join him outside the room immediately following his keynote address for a book signing.

Peter Kageyama is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders and a special advisor to America In Bloom. He co-founded the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of The City.

Kageyama's address will touch on the close relationship of people and the cities they inhabit — the theme of his book For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and its follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.


See What's New in 2017

MTA MetroCard

All NPC17 attendees will receive a complimentary MetroCard good for unlimited rides on New York City subways and buses for seven days from first use.

Attendees who register by April 6 will receive their MetroCard by mail — with their badge and event tickets — before the conference. Those who register after April 6 may pick up their MetroCards at the Javits Center (while supplies last).

Academic Tech Innovators Grant

A new APA initiative promotes and supports university-level research that advances urban planning and public policy. APA invites students, faculty, and academic staff to compete for the Academic Tech Innovators Grant. Winners from two universities will receive all-expenses-paid attendance at the 2017 National Planning Conference and $500 toward continuing research. Applications are due by March 1.

Day of Service

Sunday, May 7 | 8 a.m.–noon*
DeWitt Clinton Park
11th Avenue and 52nd Street, Manhattan

Project elements may include gardening (planting, mulching, weeding, erosion control); painting (fences, benches), and similar tasks to spruce up and care for the park.

*Partnerships for Parks staff will meet participants at the Javits Center at 8 a.m. and walk to DeWitt Clinton Park (about a 20-minute walk). The project will begin at 9 a.m.

Consider Some Impressive Numbers

At NPC17, there are:

  • More than 5,000 attendees
  • 1,000 expert speakers
  • 55 mobile workshops
  • 250 sessions; for example
    • 60 on Transportation
    • 20 on Housing and Equity
    • 13 on Municipal Finance
  • More than 23 Certification Maintenance credits to be earned
  • More than 30 networking events

In NYC, there are:

  • 469 MTA stations
  • 16 select bus service lines
  • 1.763 billion subway rides every year
  • 45 square miles of parkland
  • 10,000 CitiBikes in 55 neighborhoods
  • 23,000 new units of affordable housing (financed in FY16)
  • 6,000 miles of sewer pipe

Check out the Conference at a Glance