Plenary Session: What does Amazon have to do with Planning?

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. CDT

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We've heard much about the quest this year to lure Amazon?s $5 billion dollar HQ2. Many cities across the nation submitted proposals to attract the business giant to their area. Then came a shortlist on steroids. Hear behind-the-scenes information of the intricate proposals Texas cities put together and learn the essential ingredients Amazon (and other large corporate companies) are looking for when they consider locations such as schools, public transportation, diversity, universities, affordable housing, quality of life, business-friendly environment, and technology. Whether your city competed for Amazon or not, how do their requirements correlate with what planners are trying to create in their communities? This panel will explain what planners can do to advocate for their communities and how long-term plans can shape a business-ready environment. 



Wendy Shabay, AICP

Wendy D. Shabay, AICP is Vice President/Principal and manager of the Urban Planning + Design group at Freese and Nichols, Inc., an architecture/engineering/planning firm founded in 1894. She is an award-winning planner for urban development, comprehensive planning, transit-oriented development, corridor planning, downtown redevelopment, and campus planning. Her exceptional ... Read More

Jim Parajon

Jim Parajon, FAICP For over 30 years, James has managed the short and long range activities of large multi-disciplined consultant firms and municipal organizations, advised elected officials and local government staff on development, design, transportation and growth policies, and conducted training workshops for interest groups, the business community and professionals ... Read More

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