Setting Goals for 2018

As we hope for most, 2017 was a year of growth and prosperity personally and professionally. For APA Virginia Chapter, our 2017 Annual Conference was a huge success, not just in terms of number of attendee’s (350+) but in terms of achieving our vision for the Conference showcasing “future communities” and collaborating with planners from across Virginia. For 2018, we hope to build on our successes in Roanoke and set some lofty goals for the 2018 including: to improve programming for students and new professional members, to provide planners with more useful data & statistics, provide a variety of opportunities for networking and making personal connections with our planning peers around the Commonwealth, and bring topics of significance to affect change at the local, state and federal level.

What are your resolutions for 2018? At APA Virginia, we are hoping one of your New Year’s resolution is to share your experiences and successes with others in your field. Did you know:

  • Last year we recognized more planners, projects, students, university faculty and local elected officials like never before at our bigger and better Annual Award’s Program. For 2018 we can’t wait to see what other great work is going on around the Commonwealth. For more information, contact the VP of External Affairs at

  • We are offering even more tracks, session types and formats to let you showcase your talents, projects, and programs. Submit a session abstract proposal by January 26, 2018 for inclusion in the Conference Program.

  • Sponsoring with APA Virginia throughout the year and at our Annual Conference is a great way to make new connections and showcase your organization. We are grateful for all of our support from our 2017 Conference & Annual Sponsors.

  • We are always in need of volunteers to review session proposals, evaluate award submission, and help with logistics both pre- and post-conference. For more information, contact the Membership Director.

Mark your calendars and join us July 22 to July 25, 2018 at the summit of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wintergreen Resort.

For more information, and for the latest news and updates on the Annual Conference check our blog for updates or follow us on social media using the #APAVA18 or #MountainsOfInfluence.

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