Planning Management Institute
Launched in 2009 as the Managers Institute, the Planning Management Institute (PMI) provides planning directors, senior-level managers, or those aspiring to management positions with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection.
This practical, hands-on workshop is specifically designed for all planners who manage others as part of their responsibilities in a public or private planning office. You will not want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to connect with a select group of your peers for a dynamic training program developed by APA in collaboration with several seasoned senior-level managers from around the country.
Learn about a variety of topics including: taking your management skills to the next level, dealing with staff and resolving conflict, creating and maintaining a productive collaborative environment, and dealing with organizational politics and other issues beyond your control.
Discover the secrets to success in an interactive environment led by a professional management trainer and a distinguished faculty of accomplished senior-level managers.
Sponsored by the City Planning and Management Division.
Confirmed SpeakerSteven A. Preston, FAICP retires this year following eight years as city manager of San Gabriel, California. San Gabriel has received several awards for its planning and redevelopment programs under his leadership. Prior to joining San Gabriel he served in the communities of La Verne and Glendale, California, and worked for a Newport Beach architecture firm. An urban planner by training, Steve served on the American Planning Association’s national board of directors, chairing its national Legislative and Policy Committee. In 2016, Preston was awarded the APA President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Leadership in the Planning Profession. Winner of CCAPA’s 2000 Distinguished Service Award, Preston is also a former president of APA’s California Chapter; past President of the California Planning Roundtable; a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners; former Chair of AICP’s Multi-Media Task Force; served on the Planning Accreditation Board; and has served as adjunct faculty in the graduate planning programs at both USC and Cal Poly Pomona. He has bachelor and master degrees in planning from Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis in policy administration and communications. Co-author of the 1999 report Planning at the Edge of the Millennium, Preston has taught negotiation and community engagement processes, and has significant experience in group facilitation. He has been a member of the International City Management Association for nearly 15 years, contributing the chapter on management to ICMA’s most recent volume on community planning. His most recent publication is a chapter in the anthology, Planning Los Angeles, issued by APA Press in 2012. He also contributed to a recent article on ethics in city planning and city management that appeared in the Journal of the American Planning Association.