Policy and Advocacy Conference Education and Event Lineup

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September 18-20 • Washington, D.C.

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Member Lauren Driscoll advocating for critical transportation issues at APA's 2015 Policy and Advocacy Conference.

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Join APA for a timely look at the issues. Learn what changing policies mean for your community, and get to know the people and the politics driving the decisions. This year, the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference brings you:


Intensive daylong training for leadership and conference attendees on topics including state advocacy, communications and social media, and leadership training.

Evening Plenary: Join the American Planning Association for a panel discussion about the results of HUD’s Prosperity Playbook Initiative and examples of planning for equitable growth from city leaders around the country. Be among the first to see and learn about HUD’s new digital toolkit for local officials and planners — a toolkit which will arm cities with new ideas for creating a broad, shared prosperity in America’s cities, towns and regions.

Sponsors: American Planning Association, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National League of Cities, and Lincoln Land Institute.


Four plenaries: Topics include Smart Cities and Data; Equity and Placemaking; and an inside the Beltway look into the 2016 Election Process

Concurrent Sessions on a variety of topics, including: transportation, community development, housing, parks, water, resiliency, data, and more.

An evening social event


Planners' Day on Capitol Hill • All Day

A Great Places in America honorary certificate presentation with, from left, Whit Blanton, FAICP, Melissa Zornitta, AICP, and Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.). Photos by Ben Zweig of Zweig Photography.