APA Policy and Advocacy Conference


September 27-29, 2015 • Washington, D.C.

Unless otherwise stated, all events take place at:

The Westin Washington, DC City Center
1400 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Register online

Preliminary Program

*Subject to change

Sunday, September 27

Policy Forum and Discussion of APA Policy Priorities


Keynote: The Science of Persuasion and the Planning Story


Speaker: Christopher Graves

Leadership Development & Training Sessions


Topics include:

  • Contentious Meetings & Effective Engagement
  • Building Coalitions with Social Media
  • Effective Messaging
  • State Issues & Advocacy
  • Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Advance Briefing

Pursuing Inclusive Growth: Placed-based Strategies for Economic Growth, Social Mobility and Housing Affordability

Opening Plenary - The Daniel Burnham Forum at the National Building Museum

Moderator: Emily Badger



Monday, September 28

Planners' Day on Capitol Hill Help Desk

7:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
(Open All Day)

Breakfast Event: Federal Agency Resource Marketplace

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Planning Law Breakfast

7:30–8:30 a.m.

Plenary: The Next 50 Years in Housing and Urban Development Policy

8:45–9:45 a.m.

What's Next in Transportation Reauthorization and Policy

10:00–11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Priority Issue

Planning, Partnerships and Philanthropy

10:00–11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Advocacy Leadership

Park Policy & Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conversation Fund

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Priority Issue

Leading & Planning in the Sharing Economy

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Advocacy Leadership

Luncheon: Innovation and Disruption in Today's City

12:30–2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Gabe Klein

Policy Directions in Affordable Housing

2:15–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Priority Issue

Local Ideas and Action for Effective Advocacy

2:15–3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Advocacy Leadership

Plenary: The Planning, Policy and Politics of Water

3:40–5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Optional Evening Social Events

6:30–8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29 (Planners' Day on Capitol Hill)

Mentor Meet Up

7:00–7:30 a.m.

Breakfast Briefing & Orientation

7:30–8:45 a.m.

Beginner Training

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Advanced Advocacy Training

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Meetings on Capitol Hill

10:30 a.m.–Noon

Congressional Luncheon

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Meetings on Capitol Hill

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Congressional Briefing: Planning and Public Health

2:00–3:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m.