Federal Planning Division Workshop

2020 Federal Planning Division Training Workshop

April 27–30, 2020 | Houston

Please save the date for the FPD 2020 Annual Conference — April 27-30, 2020 at the C. Baldwin Hilton Curio Collection hotel in downtown Houston, TX. Registration is now open.


Session Proposal Submittal

The submittal period for sessions is now closed. If you have any questions about sessions, please email fpdprogramsubmittals@gmail.com

Conference Schedule

We realize that APA's National Planning Conference (NPC) runs through the morning of Tuesday, April 28. Although we tried valiantly to avoid any overlap, we ultimately ended up with a scheduling conflict due to hotel availability. We have worked hard to minimize content/session conflicts for our members who attend NPC, and have coordinated the following schedule:

Monday, April 27:

  • Optional agency day — space reserved for agencies to hold breakout sessions if desired
    • Confirmed agency: US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Optional mobile workshops
  • Evening networking reception — conference opening

Tuesday, April 28:

  • Day one of conference — full day of sessions
  • Opening keynote has been deferred to the afternoon to deconflict with those attending APA's National Planning Conference

Wednesday, April 29:

  • Day two of conference — full day of sessions
  • Evening reception — conference closing and awards ceremony

Thursday, April 30:

  • FPD business meeting breakfast
  • Optional agency day — space reserved for agencies to hold breakout sessions if desired
    • Confirmed agency: US Air Force
  • Optional mobile workshops

We recommend you plan to arrive Monday morning and depart Thursday afternoon. Pre and post conference mobile workshops will be available Monday afternoon and Thursday morning, and we will hold a closing reception on Wednesday evening. Multiple repeat mobile workshops will be offered this year to enable more people to participate.

Agency Sessions

We have free breakout rooms with A/V support available on Monday, April 27, or Thursday, April 30, for agencies to host full or half day internal sessions.

Please contact Rob Morrow at Robert.Morrow@usace.army.mil or Heather Mendenall at Heather.Mendenall@tetratech.com to reserve space for your agency.

Annual Awards

The award submittal period is now open, and packages are due January 31, 2020. Award winners will be notified by the end of March 2020, one month prior to the workshop. This year, we are pleased to include the awards ceremony (which will be held Wednesday evening in conjunction with the closing reception) as part of the overall registration for all conference attendees. There will be no additional cost for the awards ceremony. Please click here for the submittal form and additional information.

Annual Awards

Hotel Rooms

We have a room block of per-diem rate rooms available at the C. Baldwin Hilton Curio Collection hotel in downtown Houston. Please reserve your hotel room through the one of the methods below so you can get the government rate (and so FPD can get full credit for our room night commitment.)

Attendees may begin making reservations by:

Calling 1-877-346-4519 and requesting the FPD Annual Conference


Going online to https://book.passkey.com/e/50026528


If you're a current or recently graduated student, we'd love to have you come to FPD and learn more about federal planning. Please reach out to Rumanda Young at Rumanda.K.Young@usace.army.mil or Erin Tabakin at Erin.Tabakin@masonandhanger.com to get involved.


We have multiple opportunities available for conference sponsorship, and will be updating this site with a sponsorship/marketing packet in the coming months. Please continue to check here for information.

Additional Information

Please don't hesitate to contact Jill Schreifer, FPD Vice Chair and 2020 Conference Chair at jill@theschreifergroup.com with any additional comments or questions. We will continue to update this website with the latest conference information and details.

We look forward to seeing you in Houston!

Previous Workshops


April 16–18, 2019
Hilton Union Square
San Francisco


April 24–26, 2018
Loews New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans


May 4–5, 2017
GSA Conference Center and Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
New York

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March 31–April 1, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

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Awards Luncheon and Workshop Photos


April 21, 2015
Washington State Convention Center

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Workshop Presentations (zip)


April 26, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center

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April 11–12, 2013
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

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April 11–13, 2012
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Los Angeles

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April 6–8, 2011
Boston Park Plaza

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