2019 Northwest Regional Conference

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, May 10, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

Canyon, TX, United States

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2019 Northwest Regional Conference


The Northwest Texas Section of the American Planning Association (APA) has created this one-day conference to provide quality training, innovative perspectives, & guidance for small and large communities alike, as well as for planners and other municipal professionals involved in planning their towns & cities.  The rural character of this region means that information typically provided in conference settings may be somewhat or largely inapplicable within our own communities.  We have made every effort to select speakers and topics that make sense for members of the Panhandle, South Plains, Permian Basin, West Central Texas, and the Concho Valley - whether those communities are 2,000 or 200,000 in population.


Conference Program


8:00 am                                Conference Check-in (paper tickets or tickets in Eventbrite app)



8:30 am                                Welcome & Introductions / Recognition of Sponsors & Vendors

                                                AJ Fawver, Northwest Section Director

                                                City of Canyon


9:00 - 10:30 am                 Session 1:  Corridor Development & Redevelopment  (1.5 CM)


                                                Luis Núñez, Director of Economic Development, Hdl Companies

Brad Lonberger, CNU-A, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager,



10:30 - 10:45 am              Break


10:45 - 12:15 pm              Session 2: Engineering 101 for Non-Engineers (1.5 CM)


Tim Wolff, P.E., S.I.T.  - Regional Manager, Bleyl Engineering

                                                Russell Pehl, P.E. - Senior Project Manager, Centurion Planning &


                                                Michael McKay, P.E. - Assistant City Engineer, City of Lubbock


12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch


1:30 - 1:45 pm                   Break


1:45 - 4:45 pm   Session 3:  Fiscal Impacts - Analysis & Resilience (3.0 CM)


                                                Kevin Shepherd, P.E., AICP - Principal, Verdunity


4:45 - 5:00 pm   Final Remarks/Closing



Felix Landry

Invited Speaker

Felix Landry, AICP Felix found Verdunity by looking for someone in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex who could critique the return on investment model he had created while working for the City of Fort Worth. After completing a few small contracts on his own he left public sector planning and ... Read More

Kevin Shepherd

Invited Speaker

Kevin Shepherd, P.E., ENV-SP Kevin has over 24 years of experience in civil engineering, planning, municipal finance, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. Considered by many to be a thought leader and pioneer in the planning/engineering field, Kevin leverages his unique background and communication talents to educate, challenge traditional silos ... Read More

Luis Nunez

Invited Speaker

Luis Núñez, Director of Economic Development for HdL Companies, has extensive municipal planning, economic development, and consulting experience spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors since 2002. His education and career have crossed a broad spectrum of municipal and economic development work in high-growth and smaller communities across the country ... Read More

Brad Lonberger

Invited Speaker

Brad Lonberger, CNU-A, LEED AP Brad is a seasoned urban designer specializing in corridor redevelopment and context-sensitive design approaches. Brad believes there is an inextricable link between transportation and development where the design of the roadways can impact significantly the outcomes of the adjacent development. His focus on development and ... Read More

AJ Fawver

Invited Speaker

Moderator Bio: AJ Fawver, AICP, CNU-A, CPM AJ Fawver currently serves as the Planning Director for the City of Lubbock, Texas, and previously held positions in her 15 years of experience as the Planning Director for the City of Amarillo, and as the Development Services Director, Planning & Development Administrator, & Planning ... Read More

Tim Wolff

Invited Speaker

Tim Wolff, P.E., E.I.T. Tim is the Regional Manager of the Bryan Office of Bleyl Engineering, a consulting civil engineering firm headquartered in Conroe. He has over fifteen years of engineering, surveying, and planning experience and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from ... Read More

Russell Pehl

Invited Speaker

Russell Pehl, P.E. Mr. Pehl recently began his current role as a Senior Project Manager for Centurion Planning & Design in San Angelo, TX. From 2012 to 2019, he worked for the City of San Angelo in a number of positions including Engineering Manager, Assistant Director of Water Utilities, and ... Read More

Michael McKay

Invited Speaker

Michael McKay, P.E. Mr. McKay is a recent transplant to West Texas from the Dallas area. He is a Civil Engineering graduate of Texas A&M and spent over 30 years in the engineering business – 20 years in the consulting business and nearly 14 in municipal engineering. His experience ... Read More

Contact Info

Barbara Holly, lavendergoats@me.com