2018 National Planning Conference


April 21–24, 2018, New Orleans

Want to move to the forefront of planning? Attend NPC18 and pack learning, sharing, connecting, and fun into four exciting days. NPC18's robust educational program covers emerging issues, new trends, and best practices in planning.

Want to dig deeper on a specific planning topic? Check out our 12 conference tracks to delve into topics like change in communities, planning for social justice, and big data.

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Program Glossary

Here's quick overview of the program terminology to help you make the best schedule for you.


Here is the heart of the conference: hundreds of opportunities to learn the very latest about myriad planning topics from the people who know them best. Sessions last 75 minutes and most offer CM credit.

Deep Dive Sessions

Dig in deeper with these extended, more in-depth sessions about planning challenges and innovations.

Mobile Workshops & Orientation Tours

Get an up-close and personal view of New Orleans on an orientation tour led by local planners, on foot or by boat. Go granular on mobile workshops that visit leading-edge planning in progress in the one-of-a-kind New Orleans.


Conference tracks cover multiple aspects of important and emerging topics. This year's track topics range from climate change to zoning.


Sharpen your professional tools at one of the two Planning Institutes. Emerging professional planners and experienced planners who manage or want to learn to lead others are top candidates for these full-day institutes.

Networking Events & Receptions

Looking to expand your network? In addition to the numerous networking breaks throughout the day, more than 30 additional opportunities await you, including events that are unique to our host city. Receptions are open to all unless otherwise noted.


APA leaders and its component groups (chapters, divisions, students) are here to take care of business. So are other groups and a number of APA partners. Meetings are open to all attendees unless otherwise noted.

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