APA 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference

Policy and Advocacy Conference: APA 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference



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  • About

    APA's 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference is where grassroots advocacy comes to life. Planners from around the country will gather to learn about legislative issues that impact planning.
  • Hotel & Travel Information

    Get ready for your trip to Washington, D.C. Here is all the information you need to reserve lodging at an APA conference hotel and get to the conference activities.
  • Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill

    Standing up for planning has never been so important. Advance planning policy on Capitol Hill alongside 100-plus planners during APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference.
  • Program

    This year's program continues to focus on planning advocacy and takes new strides into emerging topics like housing, the fiscal health of communities, and state level advocacy. Browse the program below to find the sessions that fit your needs best.
  • Program

    Attend the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference and get three days of intensive advocacy, communications, and issue training that leads up to a day devoted to meeting with your representative, senators, and their staffs on Capitol Hill.
  • Register

    The 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference is where you can stand up for planning, engage with the planning community, and shape the conversation around planning policy.
  • Sponsors

    Thanks to the Policy and Advocacy Conference sponsors.
  • Travel

    Washington, DC is home to the country’s finest monuments and memorials, world-class museums, and is the epicenter for planning advocacy. Take a moment to soak it all in while in our nation’s capital.
  • AICP Commission Business Meeting

    September 21, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183837
  • Board / Commission Dinner

    September 21, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to September 21, 2019, 8:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183839
  • Leadership Registration

    September 22, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. EDT
    #9183841
  • Leadership Orientation

    September 22, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EDT
    #9183842
  • Leadership General Session

    After a brief update from APA President Kurt Christiansen and CEO Joel Albizo, about the work being done this year to build APA’s strategic governance system, we will welcome guest speaker Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE. Jeff is executive advisor for Foresight First LLC in Reston, Virginia and a respected contrarian thinker on the future of associating and associations.
    September 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT
    • Jeff De Cagna
    #9183843
  • CPC Committee Meetings

    September 22, 2019, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT
    #9183844
  • Division Initatives

    September 22, 2019, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT
    #9183845
  • Board of Directors and AICP Commission - Strategic Planning

    A meeting for the Board and Commission to discuss the strategic direction for APA.
    September 22, 2019, 10:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183847
  • SRC Executive Committee Meeting

    September 22, 2019, 10:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183851
  • DC Business Meeting

    September 22, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183849
  • CPC Business Meeting

    September 22, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EDT
    #9183850
  • Division Topical Focused Discussion

    September 22, 2019, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    #9183852
  • APA Board of Directors Meeting

    September 22, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183854
  • CPC Exchange

    A topical exchange on diversity/equity/inclusion.
    September 22, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183853
  • Divisions Council - Work Session

    September 22, 2019, 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183855
  • Leadership Reception

    A welcome reception for all APA leaders (Board, Commission, CPC, DC, and SRC).
    September 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183856
  • APA Board of Directors Meeting

    September 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT
    #9183858
  • State of the States: Legislative Session Roundtable

    Transportation funding, small cell infrastructure, housing policy — that’s just the beginning! Talk with peers about the challenges and successes of the 2019 state legislative sessions, the issues that mattered most to planners, and what’s ahead for 2020.
    September 23, 2019, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT
    • Catherine Hinshaw
    #9183859
  • Delegate Assembly and Policy Forum

    As the APA Legislative and Policy Committee commences work on new policy guides and legislative priorities, this forum is an opportunity to weigh in on your issue priorities and provide essential input for APA’s policy and advocacy programs.
    September 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
    • George Homewood, FAICP
    #9183860
  • Legislative and Policy Committee Meeting

    September 23, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT
    #9183861
  • Effective Communications for Advancing the Planning Agenda

    This session will highlight how communication can be a critical advocacy skill and essential for influencing elected officials.  How we talk about issues and the distinctive role of planning has a critical impact on our ability to promote good policies for the communities we serve.
    September 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EDT
    • Stephanie Vance
    #9183862
    CM | 1.25
  • FEMA Briefing: Planning and the National Mitigation Investment Strategy

    Join Angela Gladwell with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to find out how planning plays a role in the effective implementation of the new National Mitigation Investment (NMIS) strategy. Find out about how pre- and post-disaster investments in mitigation can reduce risk posed by natural hazards.
    September 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. EDT
    • Angela Gladwell
    #9185123
  • AICP Commission Work Session

    September 23, 2019, 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183863
  • Legislative Workshop

    State legislators are increasingly seeking to address the housing crisis by becoming involved in local reforms. Attendees will be active in responding to and engaging with these state legislative approaches. This is your chance to workshop language and outline critical concepts to include in state legislation through discussions on inclusionary zoning and other important tools.
    September 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    #9183865
  • Pre-Conference Training: Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill Training

    Through brief scenario exercises attendees will be given the opportunity to build their messaging around specific federal budget and transportation policy areas. This session will focus on how to succeed in the context of congressional meetings and provide tips for engaging congressional offices.
    September 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    #9183866
  • Opening General Session – Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Equitable Redevelopment and Inclusive Growth in Legacy Cities

    Legacy cities — older industrial cities challenged by sustained economic and social transition — are advancing new policies to create opportunity and prosperity for all. Join this discussion among leading policy makers on cities’ pursuit of equitable and inclusive redevelopment. Presented in partnership with The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
    September 23, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
    • Akilah Watkins-Butler
    • Dan Kildee
    • Mayor Daniel Horrigan
    #9183867
    CM | 1.50
  • Opening Reception

    September 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183868
  • SRC – Student/Young Planner Social Event

    Join the Student Representatives Council (SRC) & Young Professionals for a networking mixer. Drink tickets and light appetizers will be provided.
    September 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m. to September 23, 2019, 11:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183869
  • Registration / Planners Day on Capitol Hill Help Desk

    September 24, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
    #9183872
  • Legislative Liaison Breakfast (Invitation Only)

    APA chapters are critical to advancing planning priorities in the states. Chapter legislative liaisons, legislative committee co-chairs, and planners leading state legislative efforts are invited to discuss strategy for 2020 based on policy and advocacy lessons learned in 2019.
    September 24, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EDT
    #9183873
  • General Session: Implementing Opportunity Zones

    Opportunity Zones established in the 2017 tax reform legislation represent the most significant new incentive for investment in underserved communities in a generation. Opportunity Zones have been designated, regulations issued, and broad federal coordination has commenced. In this session, discover the promise, perils, best practices, and next steps for implementing this new tool.
    September 24, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EDT
    • Rachel Reilly
    #9183874
    CM | 1
  • General Session: Planning Home: The Federal Housing Agenda

    The Trump administration, presidential candidates, and leaders on Capitol Hill are talking about federal approaches to the nation’s housing crisis. Hear how Washington may tackle tough housing problems, from funding and finance to the executive order on regulatory barriers.
    September 24, 2019, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. EDT
    • Denny Heck
    • Seth Appleton
    #9183875
    CM | 1
  • Concurrent Session: Legacy Cities: What’s the Federal Role?

    How can federal policy help the nation’s legacy cities? Washington’s approaches to transportation, infrastructure, tax incentives, housing, and technology policy have an enormous impact on these communities. Join an expert conversation about how federal policies can boost prosperity and opportunity in legacy cities and the nation’s smaller and mid-size metropolitan areas.
    September 24, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
    • Alan Mallach, FAICP
    • Joseph Schilling
    #9183876
    CM | 1
  • Concurrent Session: Planning Home: A Look at the States

    States have taken a leading role in the debate on housing policy. From pre-emption to new funding and finance, states are actively reshaping how communities approach housing. Find out what’s happening in state legislatures and what to expect in 2020.
    September 24, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
    • LaKeeshia Fox
    • Rachel Otto
    • Michael Anderson
    • Ed LeClear, AICP
    #9183877
    CM | 1
  • Luncheon: The Road to 2020

    As the nation heads into election season, what is the political landscape for planning issues? Look ahead to Election 2020 with insider perspectives on what to expect and why it matters for planning and your community. This session will provide further insight to the political context in which key planning issues like housing and infrastructure are being debated.
    September 24, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EDT
    • Jonathan Capehart
    • Kurt Christiansen, FAICP
    #9183878
    CM | 0.75
  • Concurrent Session: Legacy Cities: States in Action

    Many legacy cities’ challenges stem from state government actions: insufficient funding, limits on how they generate revenues, and programs that disincentivize good planning can be major constraints. This panel will highlight promising policies and tactics for advancing them.
    September 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    • Jessie Grogan
    • Peter Kasabach
    • Ben Forman
    #9183879
    CM | 1
  • Concurrent Session: Legal and Regulatory Update for Planners: Takings, Telecommunications, and the Census

    The recent regulatory takings decision from the U.S. Supreme Court may have major implications for planning. New FCC rules affect local telecommunications siting and infrastructure. Learn the latest on these issues and how they will affect your community.
    September 24, 2019, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT
    • John Baker
    • Mary Jo Hoeksema
    • Angelina Panettieri
    #9183880
    CM | 1
  • Concurrent Session: Legacy Cities: Local Policies, Local Success

    Discover the innovative policies used by legacy cities to advance equitable development and address critical housing, infrastructure, and workforce development challenges. Local leaders will offer insights from their experience and discuss how these tools can be applied in your community.
    September 24, 2019, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    • Jess Zimbabwe, AICP
    • Nick Hamilton
    • Dekonti Mends-Cole
    #9183881
    CM | 1
  • Concurrent Session: Preparing for FAST Act Reauthorization

    The federal surface transportation law — the FAST Act — is set to expire in 2020, but action on reauthorization —including congressional committee action and introduction of a host of bills aimed at shaping the debate — already is under way. Discover how the debate is unfolding on planning issues and the outlook for investment in transit, bike and pedestrian programs, climate, and resilience.
    September 24, 2019, 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT
    • Erich Zimmermann
    • Margo Pedroso
    • Ward McCarragher
    #9183882
    CM | 1
  • General Session: Capitol Hill Views on Infrastructure

    Infrastructure has bipartisan appeal but agreement on funding has been elusive. Hear from leading members of Congress about the outlook for infrastructure legislation and appropriations for essential programs.
    September 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. EDT
    • Scott Peters (D-CA)
    • Brittney Kohler
    #9183883
    CM | 1
  • Capitol Hill Reception

    Join APA, national partners, and congressional staff on Capitol Hill to honor exceptional planning stories in state and districts nationwide recognized through APA's Great Places in America program. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Transportation to and from Capital Hill will be provided. Buses will depart the Crystal Gateway Marriott at 5:30 PM. Return Service will begin at 8:15 PM.
    September 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to September 24, 2019, 8:00 p.m. EDT
    • Senator Tom Carper
    • Kurt Christiansen, FAICP
    • Mary Ellen Gray, AICP
    #9183884
  • Policy and Advocacy Breakfast

    September 25, 2019, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. EDT
    #9183886

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