Federal Policy & Program Briefing

Preliminary Agenda

Policies for Building Stronger and More Resilient Communities

Washington, D.C. • September 29–October 1, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Opening Keynote
Planning Solutions for Urban America

1–2 p.m.

What will it take to move from "highways, houses, and hedges" to "trains, towers, and trees"? Explore the possibilities with Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, author of A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America. His opening keynote will look at the broad policy changes needed to move toward a more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable future. Chakrabarti, a partner at SHoP Architects, directs the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Earlier, he headed the Manhattan office for the New York Department of City Planning.

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Plenary Session
The Local Perspective on Fiscal Policy Debates
2:15–3:30 p.m.

Sequestration and other federal austerity measures are poised to hit important planning programs. Look at the issues and the impacts with Fiscal Times columnist Bruce Bartlett, author of the New York Times bestseller Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. He'll delve into the future of sequestration, the prospects for new federal funding, and the chances of relieving the fiscal pressure on all levels of government.

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Concurrent Session
Planning and Policies for an Aging Population
3:45–5 p.m.

As the U.S. population ages, policy makers need fresh approaches to mobility, housing, livability, public services, and fiscal stability. Join Rodney Harrell, a senior housing policy advisor for AARP; AARP planning policy expert Jana Lynott, AICP; and environmental gerontologist Esther Greenhouse as they examine the issues for seniors and the solutions for communities. An experienced planner, Lynott helps AARP develop its policies on livable communities. Greenhouse, a leader in design for independent living, contributed to the design of the nation’s first elder-focused emergency department. Together they’ll take on the challenge every community faces: adapting to the needs of aging residents. Learn about APA’s planned policy guide on aging and be part of a discussion that affects all of us.

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Concurrent Session
The New Landscape of Poverty and Inequality
3:45–5 p.m.

More than a third of Americans in poverty now live in the suburbs, and the number has increased sharply over the past two decades. The spike in economic inequality and the drop in economic mobility raise important policy and planning questions. Take them on with speakers Alan Berube and Peter B. Edelman. Berube is coauthor of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, new from Brookings Press. Edelman teaches poverty and public interest law at Georgetown. Come along as they explore the newest research and the latest policy solutions.

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Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

5:30–6:30 p.m.

National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Washington

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Opening Reception — National Building Museum
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Breakfast Workshop
Working With Reporters
7–8 a.m.

The news media can help build public support for good planning. But how do you get started? Demystify the process with members of the media including veteran journalist and communications consultant Kathryn Kross, Greater Greater Washington blogger David Alpert, and Jonathan O'Connell, land-use and development reporter for The Washington Post. Learn how they decide which stories to cover and what kind of information they need, plus tips for working effectively with them.

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Plenary Session
The Role of Planning in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
8:15–9 a.m.

Find out right from the source what FEMA is doing to bolster local resilience to natural disasters. Speaker David Miller has served as the agency's associate administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration since September 2011. And learn how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is helping communities minimize losses. Dr. Holly Bamford, deputy assistant administrator for the National Ocean Service, will explain NOAA's efforts to help communities protect themselves against flooding, hurricanes, sea level rise, and other coastal hazards.

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Plenary Session
Roundtable: Policy Responses to Shifting Housing Markets
9:15–10:30 a.m.

The U.S. housing market is changing. Demand is rising for multifamily housing and mixed use development in walkable, urbanized areas. Demographic changes are driving shifts in household formation. Affordability is a growing challenge in many areas. And federal housing policy is still dealing with fallout from the housing market collapse of 2008. How will all those changes affect federal housing and community development policy? What's ahead for public and affordable housing aid? What direction is Washington taking on housing finance reform? Hear about today's housing market dynamics from Chris Estes of the National Housing Conference and Lynn M. Ross, AICP, of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.

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Concurrent Session
Federal Agency Support for Resilient Communities
10:45 a.m.–noon

Federal agencies are working to provide communities with critical data and planning tools to help them prepare for changing economic and environmental conditions. In this session, land-use lawyer Samantha A. Medlock of the Association of State Floodplain Managers and other leaders will talk about how they are engaging communities to ensure that these data and tools facilitate better local decision making.

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Concurrent Session
Federal Policies Promoting Economic Development and Innovation
10:45 a.m.–noon

The Obama administration has focused its economic development strategies on bundling infrastructure, community development, and job creation for regional impact. With the second term under way, what's the future of programs like Choice Neighborhoods and Promise Zones? What's happening to well-established initiatives like Community Development Block Grants? White House staffer Racquel Russell will tell about the vision for HUD's renamed Office of Economic Resilience and how the Economic Development Administration is spurring economic growth through innovation and advanced manufacturing

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Luncheon
From Recovery to Resilience
12:15–1:45 p.m.

Are communities better prepared to meet the challenges of vacant housing, unemployment, and underinvestment in infrastructure than they were four years ago? Award-winning reporter Michael Grunwald shares how he sees the outcomes of President Obama's $800 billion economic stimulus bill. Grunwald is the author of the New York Times bestseller The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. He is currently a senior national correspondent for Time magazine. Previously, he was a congressional correspondent, New York bureau chief, essayist, and national investigative reporter at the Washington Post.

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Concurrent Session
Implementation of MAP-21 and the Next Reauthorization
2–3:15 p.m.

MAP-21 expires in less than a year. It's time to evaluate the changes the legislation has produced and look for opportunities for improvements. Beyond the issue of funding, policy questions remain unanswered. What is the appropriate population threshold for a Metropolitan Planning Organization? What safety considerations need to be addressed for federal-aid transportation projects? What's happening with multimodal planning on the national level? Come and get the lay of the land for MAP-21 with Transportation for America's James Corless, House staffer Jim Kolb, and Beth Osborne of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Concurrent Session
The New Policy Framework for Capitalizing on Green Infrastructure
2–3:15 p.m.

Policy makers see green infrastructure a cost-effective way to manage stormwater and meet Clean Water Act goals. That's not to mention the benefits of improving livability and boosting economic competitiveness. The Obama administration is targeting green infrastructure through programs like the Urban Waters Federal partnership and the State Revolving Funds for water infrastructure. At the same time, Congress is preparing to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act, which could lead to much-needed investment in both gray and green water infrastructure. Dive in and explore what these changes mean for communities considering green infrastructure.

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Concurrent Session
Planning and Tax Reform — Bonds, Tax Credits, and Trust Funds
3:30–5 p.m.

Probe the fiscal and political realities that are pushing national policy makers toward tax reform. Given the political dynamics, what's likely to happen to municipal, private, and alternative bond programs like Build America? What can we expect for low-income housing and new market tax credits? What's down the road for the Highway Trust Fund? Karishma Page of Washington law firm K&L Gates takes a look at the opportunities — and threats — for fixing or completely reinventing the tax system.

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Concurrent Session
Planning and the U.S. Supreme Court: 2012 Term Update
3:30–5 p.m.

Join legal scholars and practitioners for an update on the key planning-related Supreme Court decisions of the past year, from its temporary takings decision in Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States, to its mitigation takings holding in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, among others. We'll hear what the Court did, its impact on planning law, and implications for local decision making.

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Closing Plenary
Fighting and Winning for Planning at the State House
5–6 p.m.

For many planners, the state legislature has become the focal point in major policy debates. Last year planning opponents scored no big wins on the state level — but don't discount the impact of increasingly polarized debates across the country. Ilana Preuss of Smart Growth America gives an update on important state legislation and looks at the strategies behind successful advocacy campaigns aimed at state legislators. Find out what lies ahead in the states and how planners can be effective advocates for state policy.

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Networking Event
Policy Jobs for Planners
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us for drinks and appetizers at Café Asia (1550 Wilson Blvd., #100, Arlington, Virginia) and learn about the many ways you can apply your planning education and experience to policy. You'll hear from hear from Lilly Shoup, policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Stephen Crim, research director at Mobility Lab; and Colin Peppard, Legislative Assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Carper. APA is proud to be co-hosting this event with APA's Virginia Chapter and the Mobility Lab.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

Registration is now closed for these events.

Advocacy Day Mentoring and Networking Breakfast
7:30–8 a.m.

NEW! Are you interested in advocacy but unsure where to start? Pair up with an experienced planner for the day as you speak with policy makers about important planning issues.

Learn more about Advocacy Day Mentoring (pdf)

Advocacy Day Training and Issue Briefing
8–9:30 a.m.

What can you expect on Capitol Hill? Find out from "advocacy guru" Stephanie Vance. She'll give a complete briefing on the issues and asks for Planners' Day on Capitol Hill. Get answers to your questions, and head to the Hill as an effective advocate for good planning.

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Meetings on Capitol Hill
10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Make your voice heard! APA will coordinate meetings for you with your congressional representatives. Speak with your representatives about what matters most to planning. Establish relationships with congressional staff and become your community's go-to resource for on-the-ground planning issues.

Congressional Luncheon
Noon–1 p.m.

Scott Peters (D-Calif.) has tackled planning-related issues from hazard mitigation to ports and transportation. Hear directly about his work, including his STRONG Act legislation on preparing for extreme weather.

Capitol Hill Briefing
Building Hazard Resilient Communities — Lessons from the Netherlands
2–3 p.m.

APA members brief congressional staff on the recent Netherlands professional study tour. Planners share what they learned firsthand about innovative solutions for enhancing the resilience of communities near deltas, coastal regions, and river basins. Leading the conversation are David Carlson, director of sustainable development at Parsons, and Dale Morris, senior economist at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington.

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