September 28–29, 2022 | Noon – 5 p.m. EDT | Online

2022 APA Policy and Advocacy Conference

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Check out the schedule of sessions now to see why you can't miss these two days packed with insights on policies and pending legislation that will impact your work — brought to you by experts, legislators, and leaders of change.

Wednesday, September 28
Day 1
Day 1

Burnham Forum: Zoning Reform and Solving the Housing Supply Challenge
Noon–1:15 p.m. ET

Housing continues to be a central issue for the nation. New research highlights the ongoing challenge of underproduction and its related problems of affordability, availability, and mobility. Zoning reform is an essential part of solving this problem. This year's Burnham Forum will feature national leaders examining how planning and zoning reform can boost supply, increase affordability, and advance equity.
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Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Online Congressional Meetings
Noon–5:00 p.m. ET

Be a part of building the momentum in Congress for the planning agenda. Participate in virtual meetings with your congressional representatives to discuss critical planning issues and the latest policy developments on Capitol Hill that will affect your community. Meetings scheduled for advocates throughout the day. Recorded advocacy training and materials will be provided.

Winning Strategies for State Zoning Reform
1:45–2:45 p.m. ET

States continue to be on the frontlines of zoning reform. Parking minimums, ADUs, and zoning are major issues in state legislatures. Some states are passing new legislation and others are implementing recently enacted laws. Get firsthand status reports from the frontlines in California, Maine, and Oregon. Find out what's being done, the implications for planning, and successful legislative and communication approaches.
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Community Solutions and the American Rescue Plan Act
3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided historic investment in states and communities at a pivotal moment. ARPA's unique structure means that resources are being used to promote not only short-term relief but longer-term recovery and renewal. Now, new federal policies are making ARPA more useful for affordable housing and infrastructure projects. Find out how communities are advancing solutions using ARPA funds and what policy changes may open new ARPA opportunities.
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DC Dialogue: The Political Landscape for Planning
4:15–5:20 p.m. ET

With congressional midterm and state elections only weeks away, how will the political landscape shift and how will it affect planning and the programs and policies planners need? Expert election analysis will help you prepare for potential impacts and understand possible implications for your community. Find out how the political winds are blowing and how to navigate change as the nation heads into a pivotal election season.
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Thursday, September 29
Day 2
Day 2

Navigating the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Noon–1:00 p.m. ET

The bipartisan infrastructure law is generating historic new investments through a wide-ranging number of programs. Federal agencies are rushing forward with new rules and guidance for key programs touching on everything from electric vehicles to equity, broadband to climate. Hear from experts and officials implementing the new law and find out how to successfully access new opportunities for plans and projects in your community.
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What's Next for the Climate and Clean Energy Agenda
1:15–2:15 p.m. ET

It has been a tumultuous year for climate and energy policy in Washington. Amidst the noisy debate has come significant policy developments from new climate programs in infrastructure legislation to executive action. Now, Congress may be on the brink of enacting sweeping new climate and energy policies. Experts will let you know what's changed, what's ahead, and what communities should expect.
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Connecting Housing and Infrastructure Policy
2:30–3:30 p.m. ET

Federal policymakers are increasingly focused on the intersection of housing and transportation. The bipartisan infrastructure law encourages stronger linkage and good planning. Additionally, the Housing Supply Action Plan creates a major incentive for zoning reform and addressing housing affordability. Hear top officials from the Biden Administration discuss these initiatives and why they see housing planning and zoning reform as vital to the success of the infrastructure law.
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Mapping Equity in Policies and Plans
3:45–4:45 p.m. ET

The Biden Administration is moving forward with a range of new policies and mapping tools focused on environmental justice and social equity. The federal Justice 40 Initiative has significant implications for local plans and policies. Discover how Justice 40 is being implemented and what communities are doing with new tools to map and model policies aimed at advancing equity goals and objectives.
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