Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals for the 2014 National Planning Conference. APA will announce its selections in November. Here's a look ahead at what's in store in Atlanta.
APA Learning Theater
Launch new project applications by demonstrating your products and software applications in these 30-minute presentations offered on Sunday only. The learning theater may be reserved in 30-minute blocks near the exhibit hall. The area will be equipped with theater seating for 30-40, a screen and projector. Certain product/software demonstrations may be eligible for educational credits for attendees. Additional A/V or other hands-on equipment may be arranged at the sponsor's expense.
This is a $1,000 sponsorship opportunity available to commercial companies, government agencies, university research institutions, and other nonprofits.
The 2014 National Planning Conference presents scores of 75-minute sessions covering every facet of planning today. No matter the size of your community or the scope of your responsibilities, there's a conference session with your name on it.
Tracks, Symposia, and Daylong Forums
Meet and learn with others who share similar interests at these special offerings.
- Twelve tracks let you tailor your conference experience to the heart of your concerns, whether that means small towns or big cities, immigration or investment, water management or transportation...
- Three-day symposia offer a conference-within-a-conference for specialists in planning healthy communities and sustaining places.
- Daylong forums focus on the topics of transportation, law, neighborhoods, and research. Colleagues in related professions from the Atlanta region are invited to participate in the forums and join with planners on designated days to explore topics of mutual interest.
Training Workshops and Deep Dive Sessions
The conference features full- and half-day training workshops as well as Deep Dive sessions lasting 2 hours and 45 minutes. All three provide practical skill development for planners and officials. Workshops incorporate lectures, hands-on experience, extensive interaction, and useful resources for participants. Deep Dive sessions are interactive and provide more intensive education than a typical session. Workshops and Deep Dive sessions are conducted in rooms set with round tables to encourage interactivity.
Facilitated discussions allow for informal, intensive discussion among groups of people who share ideas or have situations in common.
Each of APA's 20 divisions offers a conference session.
Mobile workshops give conference attendees an opportunity to see planning projects, both complete and in-progress, by visiting sites throughout the region.
Local Host Committee Track
The Atlanta Local Host Committee track focuses on local and regional planning initiatives and programs.
Fast, Funny, and Passionate Planning Presentations
These 7-minute presentations are typically based on personal projects or short visual essays. Catch the flavor of planning today in a format that makes you laugh while it makes you think.
Student Capstone Presentations
Students share their semester-long work using the same 7-minute format as the Fast, Funny, and Passionate presentations. See what the next generation has in mind for the future of planning.
APA's professional and student members present their planning research, projects, and case studies in visual form. The mounted posters are displayed in the exhibit hall Saturday through Monday, with a specific time scheduled for informal discussions.
All National Conference speakers are required to register for the conference.
Some speakers will qualify for a guest registration, and others will qualify for a discounted rate. Most will be paid registrants.
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