The Conference Program
This year we received more than 60 exceptional session abstracts with topics encompassing: zoning and legal aspects of planning, driverless cars and transportation project financing, land conservation and planning for natural disasters, revitalization of aging infrastructure and neighborhoods, planning for utilities, local & regional economics, public engagement and drafting community plans. The APA Virginia Chapter would like to thank everyone who submitted session abstracts; the depth of topics and quality of the proposals and speakers exceed our expectations.
While our Conference Planning Committee continues to refine and finalize the Conference Program, we hope to offer a glimpse of the great programming we will be offering under the theme of “future communities.”
Sunday July 16 is all about planning leadership and leading by example, activities include:
APA Virginia Chapter Quarterly Board Meeting
Leadership Retreat – Advanced Skills for Planning Commissioners (& Planners too!) hosted by the Land Use Education Program (LUEP)
Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) Volunteer Opportunity – Town of Boones Mill
Opening Reception - Welcome to Roanoke!
For Monday July 17, we focus on best practices and evaluation of our methods and actions impacts on communities. Sessions include:
2017 Legislative Update sponsored by the Planner’s Advocacy Network
“The Extremes of Virginia” Keynote with Augie Wallmeyer
Workshops, Un-Conference & Break Out Sessions
“Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA” Documentary Film Screening & Q&A with the Filmmakers hosted by APA’s Urban Design & Preservation Division
Tuesday July 18 is about innovation of ideas and planning for the future, sessions include:
Driverless Cars & Automated Vehicles (AVs) Plenary hosted by APA’s Transportation Planning Division
Smart Cities Plenary
Planning in the Age of Trump Keynote with APA President Cynthia Bowen
Workshops & Break Out Sessions
Finally, on Wednesday July 19, we focus on who we are as planners and how can we be better advocates in a changing Virginia. Sessions include:
2017 Ethics Plenary
Planning for Inclusion Plenary hosted by the Chapter’s Ethnic & Cultural Diversity Committee (ECDC)
Virginia Population & Demographics Plenary
A full conference program with Certified Maintenance (CM) credit availability will be posted in the next few weeks. Continue to check the Conference webpage and blog for more information including Conference highlights and in-depth spotlights on our speakers, sessions and workshops.
A special thank you to our Abstract Review Committee for their time in energy in reviewing these proposals and providing feedback to our potential speakers: M. Tyler Klein, AICP (Frederick County), Kelly Davis, AICP (City of Manassas), Josh Crump (City of Winchester), Lucy Stoll (City of Hampton), Robert C. Narvaez, AICP (City of Alexandria), Earl Anderson, AICP (York County), Jonah Fogel, PHD (Land Use Education Program), Jamey May, AICP (Rockingham County) and George Homewood, FAICP (City of Norfolk).