Planners' Day at the Statehouse

APA Indiana Chapter


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CST

Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Expanding on the 1976 "I'm just a bill" short from Schoolhouse Rock, attendees will receive an in-depth briefing on the processing and workings of the Indiana General Assembly. Experienced Hoosier lobbyists will also share what they've learned about how to influence public policy and legislation in the public interest.

Attendees will learn how to effectively communicate that planning is part of the solution to many of the challenges facing the state of Indiana today, including: demographic changes, an ever-evolving state economy, attainable housing shortages, and the challenges our local governments are having to improve the quality of life for all Hoosiers.

Attendees will learn how to tell the planning story and deliver the planning message with confidence. This session will teach attendees how to create and use a message that is local and personal and that will resonate with elected officials and citizens alike.

Attendees will then hear from a state legislator with an interest in planning who wll share lessons she has learned about influencing elected officials, changing policy, and electing champions for good planning.

Lastly, the APA-Indiana Legislative and Policy Committee Co-Chairs will provide an update on the current legislative session and bills that the committee has been following. 

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Kenneth Hughes, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Kenneth serves as the Plan Director for Noble County, Indiana. With Noble County, Kenneth leads the Plan Commission office which involves administering the county zoning and subdivision control ordinance along a variety of other duties such as floodplain management, developing public policy & ordinances, and providing technical assistance to communities in ... Read More

Deborah Luzier, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Deborah Luzier, AICP has had more than 25 years of experience in both public sector and private sector planning. She graduated from Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning before jumping into municipal planning. At the public sector level, she has served in various roles, including County Planning ... Read More

Carey Hamilton

Confirmed Speaker

Indiana House of Representatives

Brian Gould

Confirmed Speaker

AIM (Accelerate Indiana Municipalities)

Kim Williams

Confirmed Speaker

Vice President, The Corydon Group

Jamie Palmer, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Professional planner and researcher for 24 years at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. As part of her work at the Institute, Ms. Palmer serves as the Director for the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Ms. Palmer’s public policy research work is focused largely on state and local ... Read More

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