APA Policy and Advocacy Conference


Washington, D.C. • September 28–30, 2014

Sunday, September 28

Legislative Liaison Training: Building a Playbook for State Legislative Advocacy

3–5 p.m. • Ashlawn Room
CM | 2.0

The November elections will bring new leaders to State Houses across the country. Legislators and advocates alike will need to gear up for the new sessions. This combination of roundtable and workshop will focus on key trends in state advocacy for planning. Legislative liaisons and others will find helpful guidance on preparing an advocacy plan for the upcoming sessions.

Speakers: George Homewood, AICP, Director of City Planning, City of Norfolk; Jason Jordan, Director, Policy and Communications, American Planning Association

Law Talk and Social: Responses to Sea-Level Rise

3–5 p.m. • Madison Room
CM | 2.0  Law

How are local, state, and federal jurisdictions navigating the rise in sea levels and storm risks? Lawyers and law students are invited to a briefing by attorneys working for coastal protection and resilience. Together they'll look at the issues and lead a lively discussion of public and private responses. Stay after their talk for a reception and more conversation.

Sponsored by APA, APA Planning and Law Division, and Best Best & Krieger LLP

Moderator: Molly Stuart, Staff Attorney, American Planning Association; Speakers: John Nolon, Professor of Law, Pace University; Jessica Grannis, Adaptation Program Manager, Georgetown Climate Center; Samantha Medlock, Deputy Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

Private Capital, Public Good

5:30–7 p.m. • National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW
CM | 1.5

Today’s fiscal and political realities make private and philanthropic investments ever more important to building communities. New tools like social impact bonds are rapidly moving from concept to reality. In Washington, Congress is debating how to leverage private and nonprofit involvement in infrastructure and housing. The latest Burnham Forum will zero in on these issues from the perspectives of the investors and communities working with new partners.

Welcome: Chase Rynd, President, National Building Museum; Moderator: William Anderson, FAICP, President, American Planning Association; Speakers: Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities; John Rahaim, Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco; Petra Smeltzer, Director of Government Relations, National Association of Water Companies; and

John K. Delaney (D-Md.)U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Md.)
Congressman Delaney is one of Capitol Hill's leading champions of infrastructure investment. His bill to create a new American Infrastructure Fund has attracted bipartisan support. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, he also has become a key voice on housing issues. The only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the U.S. House, he has stated that his primary focus in office is to restore the nation's economic competitiveness.


7–8 p.m. • National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW

Immediately following the Burnham Forum, join your colleagues for a special reception held in the beautiful and inspiring National Building Museum.

Monday, September 29

Breakfast Workshop

Catch a TIGER (and a TIFIA): Navigating Competitive U.S. DOT Programs

7:30–8:30 a.m. • Springwood Room
CM | 1.0

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program has become a vital tool for project funding; however, the grants are intensely competitive. The last TIGER competition received $9.5 billion in requests for the $600 million available. This workshop will offer practical advice on how to succeed with a TIGER grant application. Participants also will learn about the newly expanded TIFIA program and how to access this useful financing tool.

Speaker: Beth Osborne, Vice President, Transportation and Development Services, Inc., Transportation for America

Plenary Session

Future of Federal Transportation Policy

8:45–9:45 a.m.• Grand Ballroom
CM | 1.0

This is a pivotal moment for transportation policy. The current transportation law, MAP-21, expires this fall. The future of the Highway Trust Fund is in doubt. Transit and walkability are surging, but funding is a major challenge. Explore the road ahead for transportation reauthorization and federal infrastructure investment.

Moderator: William Anderson, FAICP; Speakers: Derek Wallbank, Congressional Correspondent, Bloomberg News; Joshua Schank, President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation

Plenary Session

Policies for Improving Local Resiliency

10–11 a.m. • Grand Ballroom
CM | 1.0

The Obama administration is significantly expanding federal tools to bolster community resiliency. Administrative officials and local experts will talk about the latest resources and policy innovations, from the National Disaster Resilience Competition to the new Climate Data Initiative. Find out how the climate debate is evolving in Washington and what it means for communities.

Moderator: David Gattis, FAICP; Speakers: Michael Boots, Acting Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality; Terry Martin, Senior Account Manager, U.S. Air Force Installations and Environment, Esri; Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council

Concurrent Sessions

New Policy Tools for Community Development and Infrastructure Investment

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Springwood Room
CM | 1.25

Years of budget battles and austerity politics have left their mark on funding and finance policies for community development and infrastructure investment. This session will probe new tools such as federal Promise Zones and new local strategies like innovation districts. Get an update on the future of key programs, from Community Development Block Grants to brownfields, and hear the prognosis for infrastructure and development tax policy.

Moderator: Kara Drane, AICP; Speakers: Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, White House Domestic Policy Council; Michael Wallace, Program Director for Community and Economic Development, National League of Cities; Joe Carlile, Democratic Staff, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

Legal Trends for Planners

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. • Sagamore Hill Room
CM | 1.25   Law

Important new legal developments have occurred in areas as diverse as takings, telecommunications, and fracking. A panel of planning and land-use law experts will discuss the local impacts of the year’s most important state and federal cases. Panelists also will explore the emerging issues in planning law and the implications for municipalities.

Moderator: Molly Stuart, Staff Attorney, American Planning Association; Speakers: Patricia Salkin, Dean, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center; Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center; Fernando Avila, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Policy Luncheon: The Realities and Future of the Economic Recovery

12:30–2 p.m. • Atrium Ballrooom
CM | 1.5

This September marks six years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the Great Recession. Economists and policy makers are debating the nature and impact of the recovery. Vital local planning concerns from housing and transportation to jobs and equity are deeply affected by the economy. The luncheon keynote will examine the realities of the recovery and today’s economy while outlining policy and planning options to strengthen our communities. What’s changed since the financial crisis and how should we respond? Hear from one of today’s leading thinkers on the economy, Daniel Alpert, author of The Age of Oversupply.

Moderator: Whit Blanton, FAICP; Speaker: Daniel Alpert, Managing Partner, Westwood Capital, LLC

Concurrent Sessions

Addressing the New Housing Economy

2:15–3:30 p.m. • Springwood Room
CM | 1.25

APA’s recent public opinion poll highlighted housing affordability as a key driver of personal and economic mobility. Other studies have detailed housing trends such as reduced household size, delayed household formation, the rise of renting, and souring demand for walkable neighborhoods. Panelists will look at today’s housing economy, focusing on how policy makers and planners can boost local housing affordability.

Moderator: Courtenay Mercer, AICP; Speakers: Marge Martin, Director of Policy Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Michelle Winters, Visiting Fellow for Housing, Urban Land Institute; Grace Campion, Senior Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center; Tamar Greenspan, Director of Policy and Program Development, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

State House Roundup

2:15–3:30 p.m. • Sagamore Hill Room
CM | 1.25

State legislation sets the context for local planning. Policies set by states can hold promise or peril for planners. This session will check up on the state of the states in planning policy and legislation. Hear what’s happened this year and get insights on what’s ahead when legislatures reconvene in 2015.

Moderator: George Homewood, AICP; Speakers: Erika Young, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Transportation for America; Lisa Sturtevant, Center for Housing Policy Director and Vice President of Research, National Housing Conference; Yvonne R. Castillo, State and Local Government Relations, American Institutes of Architects; Abigail Zenner, Government Affairs Associate, American Planning Association

Closing Plenary

Business and Planning Partnerships for Economic Development

3:45–5 p.m. • Grand Ballroom
CM | 1.25

Planners can forge powerful partnerships with the business community to boost local economic development. Across the country, business leaders play a critical role in the success of planning initiatives and new projects. In this roundtable discussion, executives from local chambers of commerce will explore how to build planner-business partnerships. Learn about the implications for issues from public health to transportation systems.

Moderator: Carol Rhea, FAICP; Speakers: Jennifer Vey, Fellow, Brookings Institution; Jeremy Martin, Senior Vice President, Austin Chamber of Commerce; Catherine Buell, Executive Director, St. Elizabeths East; David Downey, President and CEO, International Downtown Association

Optional Evening Event

Using Social Media for Creative Civic Engagement

6–7:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets NW

Difficult projects call for more creative ways to engage with the public. Join us for an informal discussion of ways to use social media in working with the public to educate, engage and persuade. Enjoy opportunities for networking and conversation. Light fare will be served.

Speakers: Andy Le, Digital Communications Manager, D.C. Water; Jay Corbalis, Development Associate, Federal Realty Investment Trust; Aimee Custis, Communication Manager, Coalition for Smarter Growth; Michael Akin, President, Reingold LINK

Tuesday, September 30

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill

This annual APA tradition brings conference participants together with legislators and congressional staff to talk about issues important to good planning. APA will handle scheduling and prepare all the materials for successful meetings on Capitol Hill.

The day will begin with a briefing on the issues and skill-building for effective advocacy. A luncheon on Capitol Hill will feature remarks by a leading member of Congress. A celebration of planning advocates will conclude the event. Before the big day, download APA's new smartphone app and tune in for an advance webinar on key issues.

7:30–8:30 a.m. Issue Briefing
8:30–9:30 a.m.  Advocacy Training
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Congressional Meetings
Noon–1 p.m. Congressional Luncheon
4–5 p.m Optional Debriefing and Closing Celebration

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Webinar

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill 2014 — Issue Briefing (ppt)

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill 2014 — Issue Briefing (ppt)