Big Names

Start your conference experience at the crossroads of planning, policy, and public health. Hear from plenary panels of prominent planners. Close with a message that will leave you awed and amazed. Once again, APA's National Planning Conference has the big names. And you'll come away with big ideas.

Opening Keynote

Boris D. LushniakUPDATE! Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak
Acting U.S. Surgeon General
U.S. Public Health Service
Sunday, April 27, 8:00–9:30 a.m.

APA's opening keynote speaker is exceptionally qualified to discuss how public health and planning can collaborate successfully, how the built environment affects community health, and how an active lifestyle benefits people of all ages and backgrounds.

As acting U.S. Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak shares the best scientific information available to the public regarding ways to improve to personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the U.S. Public Health Service, dedicated to advancing the nation's health and safety.

Dr. Lushniak first became involved with the USPHS at the Indian Health Service in Winslow, Arizona, when he was in medical school. Since then, he has served on response teams for Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, the September 11 and anthrax attacks, and the 2009 pandemic.

A firm believer in leading by example, he promotes the core messages of the National Prevention Strategy with his own active lifestyle. He is an avid long-distance bicyclist, runner, and hiker. In 2012, he scaled the summit of Washington's 14,000-foot Mount Rainier. Dr. Lushniak also leads community Surgeon General's Walks throughout the United States.

Closing Keynote

Candy ChangCandy Chang
Artist, journalist, and planner
Wednesday, April 30, noon–1:00 p.m.

After losing a loved one, Candy Chang painted the side of a house in her New Orleans neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, "Before I die I want to _____." Within a day, her neighbors had covered the wall with their dreams. In the two years since, she has created walls in more than 60 countries. Listen to her story and see public art in a new light.


Redevelopment After Sandy

J. David Waggonner III, Henk Ovink, Dale Morris
Monday, April 28, 7:30–8:45 a.m.

J. David Waggonner III, Henk Ovink, Dale  MorrisGet an update on post-hurricane redevelopment and more from the front lines of efforts on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. Louisiana architect J. David Waggonner III will discuss his role in developing the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. Dutch water management expert Henk Ovink will talk about his work on HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. And Dale Morris, senior economist at the Dutch embassy in Washington and a codirector of Dutch Dialogues, will address water management on a global scale.

Large-Scale Development

Egbert PerryEgbert L. Perry
Monday, April 28, 7:30–8:45 a.m.

Atlanta-based developer Egbert Perry of The Integral Group LLC has built a national reputation for innovative mixed use and mixed income developments. He'll speak about his experience with urban development, affordable and workforce housing, and commercial real estate projects in markets across the United States.

Building Partnerships for Health

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin
Dr. Georges C. BenjaminMonday, April 28, 7:30–8:45 a.m.

Despite enormous fiscal investments in healthcare, the U.S. ranks 37th when compared to other industrialized nations. Factors other than health care play a huge role in our health status. How we plan and build our cities and communities shape our physical experience and is one of these factors. Innovative community planning and development can be an important health improvement tool. Dr. Georges C. Benjamin discusses initiatives underway in public health and with the planning community that can further the agenda of making the United States the healthiest nation.

International Perspectives on Planning

Cath Ranson, Wiliam R. Anderson, Michael Gordon, Dyan Currie
Tuesday, April 29, 9:00–10:15 a.m.

Cath Ranson, Wiliam Anderson, Michael Gordon, Dyan  CurrieThe presidents of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Planning Institute of Australia gather to discuss the state of planning across the globe. Hear their common concerns and challenges, and learn about forward-looking programs that are taking on the biggest planning issues of the day. Moderator: W. Paul Farmer, FAICP.

HUD-DOT-FTA-EPA Partnerships for Sustainable Communities

Stanley Meiburg, Anne Keller, Edward Jennings, Yvette Taylor, Linda Lee Glitz
Stanley Meiburg, Edward Jennings, Yvette TaylorTuesday, April 29, 9:00–10:15 a.m.

The regional administrators for EPA, HUD, DOT, and a COG discuss how federal funding and technical assistance have made significant strides. Learn how the partnerships engaged community support and included diverse community voices.

Post-Disaster Recovery

U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan
Tuesday, April 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Shaun DonovanShaun Donovan has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing. His tenure as HUD Secretary has reflected his commitment to making quality housing possible for every American. In December 2012, Secretary Donovan was appointed chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. As he took up that role, he continued the leadership he brought to the Gulf Coast's recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.