Featured Keynote Speakers at #APAVA17

August Wallmeyer President of August Wallmeyer Communications, Ltd

“Augie” is semi-retired and president of August Wallmeyer Communications, Ltd, a public relations/governmental affairs consulting firm that has represented a wide variety of clients in energy, fuels, waste disposal and other industrial fields. He is the author of “The Extremes of Virginia” a nonfiction book about the conditions in Southwest, Southside and the Eastern Shore, compared to Virginia as a whole. Prior to that, Augie was the Executive Director of Virginia Independent Power Producer, Inc, a trade association representing the interests of independent electricity generators that built and operated $3.5 billion in generating facilities in Virginia. Augie also occupied a variety of management positions related to corporate communications with Virginia Power, and served as a speechwriter as Assistant to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass communications and he first started his career as a News Reporter at WTVR-TV, Richmond, VA.

Cynthia Bowen, AICP President of the APA Board of Directors

Cynthia Bowen is the Director of Planning for Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA), a national planning, urban design and land architect firm founded in 1979. An active APA member, Bowen has held a number of leadership positions including president of the APA Indiana Chapter and vice chair and secretary/treasurer of the Chapter Presidents Council. She is currently the President of APA. Bowen is a graduate of Ball State University with degrees in urban and regional planning and environmental science and design. Cynthia manages complex, multi-discipline planning and urban design projects both in the US and abroad. Most of Cynthia’s work focuses on land use, economic development, revitalization, aesthetics and regulations. Cynthia works with clients, stakeholders, and community leaders to create plans that transform neighborhoods physically, socially and economically. Cynthia’s strength is building consensus, creating understandable linkages between policy, design, and regulations and other implementation mechanisms. Besides her US based work, Cynthia has led projects in the Middle East focused on creating cities and neighborhoods that were integrated, secure, and contained a mix of jobs, residential, retail, parks, schools, mosques, and gathering areas.

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