Policy and Advocacy Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

What is the Policy and Advocacy Conference?

The 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference is a digital experience that brings Capitol Hill to you. Over two days, planners and professionals from around the country will have the opportunity to learn about critical issues facing planners including infrastructure, recovery and stimulus, equitable economies, and more. You will also have the unique opportunity to participate in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill from wherever you may be! During Planners' Day on Capitol Hill — where APA arranges meetings with your congressional offices — get the chance to join peers and you can share planning stories from your community as you advocate for the importance of planning and planning issues.

When is the Policy and Advocacy Conference?

September 23-24. Watch sessions live on these dates — and get access to recordings of the sessions for one full year after the conference. Session recordings will be available 24 hours after the live stream.

How do I participate?

APA will be using Zoom webinar for the live sessions. Links to all events will be available closer to the conference and will be emailed to attendees. The recorded sessions will be available in APA Learn for one year.

What time zone does the schedule reflect?

All times are expressed in Eastern time.

When will a detailed program be available?

You can view the 2020 Policy and Advocacy conference sessions on the website now! We are adding some additional events and programming and connecting with expert speakers. Look for full program details in late August. Check this site or follow #APAPolicy20 for updates.


What are the registration rates for Policy and Advocacy Conference?

Early Bird Rate (Available through September 1)

$125 for APA Members
$25 for APA Student Members
$195 for Nonmembers

What is included with registration?

  • Admittance to all live sessions
  • Access to all session recordings in APA Learn for a year
  • Live networking
  • Planners' Day on Capitol Hill legislative meetings
    (Note: If you register by September 1, we guarantee at least one legislative meeting with a federal office. Learn more.)
  • A seat at the Burnham Forum digital event
  • Guaranteed access at no additional fee to the historically sold-out post-November election webinar that provides analysis and opportunities for Lame Duck congressional session advocacy

How do I register for Policy and Advocacy Conference?

Register online by visiting the Policy and Advocacy Conference registration page. For questions please reach out to registrationchanges@planning.org or call 312-786-6729.

Why should I register early?

By registering by September 1, we guarantee you at least one meeting with a congressional office. We will try to accommodate all registrants but registering by this date ensures this meeting. You also get the best price available by registering by September 1. Prices increase on September 2.

Do I need to register for Planners' Day on Capitol Hill separately?

No, when you register for the conference, you will be asked if you want to participate in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill. By answering yes, you are letting us know that you want APA to schedule a meeting with your congressional offices. If you already registered and now want to participate in Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, please let us know.

I was planning to attend NPC20 in Houston and still have registration credits. How should I apply this credit for NPC20 @ Home?

Please contact us at registrationchanges@planning.org to apply your credit to Policy and Advocacy Conference.

I need to cancel or make changes to my registration. What is your cancelation policy?

If you must cancel, change, or transfer your registration, email registrationchanges@planning.org. You cannot cancel or transfer by phone or on social media. You may cancel your registration in writing and receive a full refund until September 21.

What is the deadline to register?

Registration will close September 21. In order to ensure the best experience possible for all attendees, we will close registration two days ahead of the event.

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

What is Planners' Day on Capitol Hill?

This event is a series of meetings via conference calls with your congressional offices. APA arranges time for participants to have meaningful conversations, in small groups, with legislators and their staff about critical planning issues and the federal support planners need to create equitable, prosperous communities.

Is there an additional cost associated with Planners' Day on Capitol Hill?

No, this event is included in your registration.

How will a remote Planners' Day on Capitol Hill work this year?

APA will arrange meetings with your congressional offices as we have done in years previous. On demand trainings will be available to all participants in September to help them prepare for their meetings as well as live help desk hours via Zoom during the conference ahead of the event. You will meet with the legislative office with a group of your peers also from your area. We encourage you to connect with this group ahead of the meeting to coordinate talking points.

A majority of these meetings will take place in the afternoon (Eastern time) on September 23 and will via a conference call. Don't forget to join us for the post Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Celebration to commemorate our day of advocacy!

CM Credits

I need AICP Certification Maintenance credits (CM). How many can I earn at the conference?

AICP members can earn 10.5 CM credits.

Notice: AICP members claiming credit for a session are required to remain in the session for the duration in order to receive CM credit.

Will there be other continuing education units (CEUs) offered at the conference?

Sessions will offer credit toward AICP CM only. There are no sessions awarding CEU with other organizations at this time.

Will the credits only be available if I watch each session live or can I earn CM credits if I access the sessions later throughout the year via APA Learn?

CM will be available for both the live and recorded conference sessions regardless of when or where they are watched. Sessions will be available for all attendees for one year after the conference in APA Learn. Session CM credits can also be logged in APA Learn. Any sessions that members did not get to view live will be available for viewing on demand 24 hours later.