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I'm a Planner Because ...

Why are you a planner? APA members answer that question, providing answers that range from improving access to parks to building a sustainable future.

Autonomous Vehicles Symposium | Highlights

On October 6, 2017, 85 of the nation's top thinkers on autonomous vehicles (AV) gathered at the National League of Cities (NLC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and plan for the impacts of AV on cities and regions. This video presents a few highlights of the panel discussions that occurred during the event.

Smart Cities, Federal Data, and Civic Innovation | Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

Burnham Forum keynote speaker John Thompson, former U.S. Census Bureau director, discusses present-day risks to federal data, examines how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explores whether the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.

Recognizing Comp Plan Excellence: Bring It On Bloomington!

Vasudha Pinnamaraju, AICP, executive director of the McLean County Regional Planning Commission, talks with APA's Anna Read, AICP, about Bring It On Bloomington!, the city's comprehensive plan. Pinnamaraju describes the background of the project and how the city overcame challenges when seeking community buy-in and input. The plan was recognized as part of APA's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot.

Recognizing Comp Plan Excellence: Imagine 2040

Melissa Zornitta, AICP, executive director of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, talks with APA's Anna Read, AICP, about the "Imagine 2040" comprehensive plans for three Florida cities: Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. Zornitta talks about the ways the different jurisdictions came together to achieve a holistic vision for the region. The plan was recognized as part of APA's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot.

Recognizing Comp Plan Excellence: Plano Tomorrow

Douglas McDonald, AICP, CNU-A — comprehensive planning manager for the City of Plano, Texas — talks with APA's Anna Read, AICP, about Plano Tomorrow, the city's web-based comprehensive plan. McDonald discusses the unique ways in which the plan's format allows residents to engage with it. The plan was recognized as part of APA's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot.

Recognizing Comp Plan Excellence: PlanDSM

Michael Ludwig, planning administrator for the City of Des Moines, Iowa, visits with APA's Anna Read, AICP, to talk about PlanDSM, the city's comprehensive plan. Ludwig explains the plan's background as well as the city's robust efforts to engage its surprisingly diverse communities, including its young people and students. The plan was recognized as part of APA's Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot.

Planning and Public Art: An Interview with Jack Becker of Forecast Public Art

Jennifer Henaghan, AICP, deputy research director and manager of APA's Green Communities Research Center, interviews Jack Becker, founder and director of the Community Services Program at Forecast Public Art. Jack discusses how planners can work to include public art and artists into the process of placemaking. He also gives a preview of the National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant program partnership with APA.

NPC17 Special Plenary: How Technology Will Shape Urban Density

Watch as Rohit Aggarwala of Sidewalk Labs delves into the complex issues surrounding the future of technology’s role in the realm of planning. Rohit draws on insights gained from his vast experience, including from the time he was Director of New York City’s Long-Term Planning and Sustainability to his current work leading many of Sidewalk Labs innovative projects.

NPC17 Opening Keynote: Peter Leyden, "The Re-Invention of America"

Peter Leyden was managing editor at the original Wired magazine, founding director of the New Politics Institute, and founder of new media company Reinventors. He is recognized around the world as an expert on new technologies and future trends and the impact of the digital revolution on media, business, and politics. His keynote address kicked off the 2017 National Planning Conference in New York City.