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Thursday, December 21, 2017  
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Be a part of #NPC18—the American Planning Association’s 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans.

CHICAGO – Immerse yourself in the latest planning trends and innovations at the 2018 American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference in New Orleans, April 21 – 24, 2018.

APA members get first access to conference registration and tickets through January 18, 2018. Registration and ticket purchases for all opens January 19, 2018.

The event offers four days to connect, share and discuss how communities are taking advantage of opportunities and addressing the challenges of today, and tomorrow. All of the content has gone through a peer-review process to ensure it addresses the needs of practicing planners.

Nearly 5,000 attendees from around the country – even the world – are anticipated to attend and reap the benefits of all the conference offers, including:

  • More than 275 conference sessions designed for all attendees from the advanced practitioner to the early career professional.
  • Twelve tracks that focus on specific planning topics including public health, social equity, economic development and resiliency.
  • More than 40 mobile workshops, guided by local practitioners, take conference attendees into the community and surrounding region to learn in-depth and get an up-close experience of planning in the Crescent City and beyond. Topics include cultural planning, historic preservation, recovery and resiliency, and New Orleans waterways.
  • Keynote speakers who will inspire transformation. Opening keynote speaker Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, will share his experience going from refugee to global human rights activist. Closing keynote speaker Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink, will discuss improving opportunity and access for all.

Stay up-to-date on NPC18 news and information on social media using #NPC18. The conference also offers a suite of Certification Maintenance credits and CEUs. Early registration rates are available through February 22, 2018. Register early to ensure your spot!

The 2018 APA National Planning Conference is made possible by the generous support from the following sponsors: EnCode, Kendig Keast, Trust for Public Land and Tyler Tech.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating communities of lasting value. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 38,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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