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Connecticut Planners and New APA Initiatives Featured at NPC17

The National Planning Conference (NPC17) earlier this month in New York City attracted over 6,300 planners from around the United States and 30 other countries.  In addition to the incredible planning happening in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, Connecticut planners were featured in a number of sessions.

If you were not able to attend NPC17 and/or get to one of the Connecticut sessions, look for the following titles which will be posted in the near future under the Certificate Maintenance section at www.planning.org:

  • Urban Enhancements within Highway Preservation Projects (#9110092)
  • Igniting and Guiding Transformative Development (#9110032)
  • Reimagining Distinctive Downtowns in Connecticut’s Largest Cities (#9109484)
  • Small Town and Rural Planning Division Dinner: Let’s Talk Legal (#9107939)
  • Planning for Healthy Rural-Urban Communities (#9109618)
  • Transit-Oriented Development in Connecticut (#9109974)

At NPC17, APA leadership reported progress on a number of ongoing initiatives and introduced some new programs which will provide added value to CCAPA members.  Of note, the APA Library is expanding on-line offerings, with over 100 planning books available for online reading.  APA has an extensive collection of planning publications, including rare primary materials from the early 20th century.  The physical library is located at APA’s Chicago office and is open to members.  Please visit www.planning.org/library/ebooks to have a look at the titles that have now been made available in online format.

CT Planners at the New York Public Library

CT Planners at the New York Public Library

The APA Foundation supports scholarships and other activities which advance our profession.  At NPC17, the Foundation announced a new initiative called FutureShape.  This is an effort to develop a strategic framework of planning and research priorities along with actionable tools to shape the future and focus of planning.  To support FutureShape and the mission of the APA Foundation with a tax-deductible donation, visit www.planning.org/foundation/

APA continues to work on three new Planning Policy Guides: Healthy Communities, Social Equity and Housing.  Of the three, there was considerable discussion about the scope and challenges associated with social equity across any number of planning issues.  If you would like to learn more about the policy guides or provide input on the working document, please email me to learn more.

As mentioned previously, the Local Host Committee for NPC17 was comprised of representatives from the Connecticut, New York Metro and New Jersey Chapters.  Special thanks to David Woods and Susan Westa for handling many of the local host responsibilities.  Special thanks as well to Shipman and Goodwin and Milone & MacBroom, the co-sponsors for the Local Host Committee Reception at the New York Public Library as well as to Robinson & Cole for hosting a reception at the Liberty, 29 West 35th Street.

Team Connecticut Featured at #NPC17

Connecticut Planners Making a Difference and Telling our Story at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, May 6 – 9, 2017 in New York City

Later this week, over 6,000 planners will arrive in New York City for the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference. The NPC is a signature event for APA and an important opportunity to learn about best practices in planning and significant achievements that support the socio-economic and environmental health of communities from around the nation.

Connecticut Planners Making a Difference

Connecticut planners will be on hand to present important gains in transit-oriented development, public health and urban revitalizations.  We are looking forward to see you in New York if you are attending the NPC. While in town, please be sure to attend and support CCAPA members at the following sessions:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

8:00AM                  Urban Enhancements within Highway Preservation Projects (#9110092) David Sousa, CDM and David Elder, CT DOT

1:00PM                  Igniting and Guiding Transformative Development (#9110032) Dean Mack, City of Bridgeport

Monday, May 8, 2017

 1:30PM                  Connecting Bridgeport to the Region – Poster Session (#9110319) Lynn Haig, City of Bridgeport

2:45PM                  Reimagining Distinctive Downtowns in Connecticut’s Largest Cities (#9109484) David Woods, City of Stamford; David Kooris, CT DOH and Jamie Bratt, City of Hartford and Caroline Vary, Rose Companies

6:30PM                  Small Town and Rural Planning Division Dinner: Let’s Talk Legal (#9107939) Dwight Merriam, Robinson and Cole

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:00AM                  Planning for Healthy Rural-Urban Communities (#9109618) Susan Westa, Connecticut Main Streets Center and Linda Painter, Town of Mansfield

9:30AM                  Transit-Oriented Development in Connecticut (#9109974) Robert Seale, City of Meriden; Michael Piscitelli, City of New Haven; Lyle Wray, Capitol Region Council of Governments and Sara Bronin, City of Hartford

In addition, there are a number of programs of interest to Connecticut, including sessions on NEC Future (Northeast Corridor), Transit Access and the Regional Plan Association’s 4th Regional Plan.

In the Exhibit Hall, Lynn Haig will present at the poster session, Connecting Bridgeport to the Region, on Monday, May 8 from 1:30 – 2:30PM.

Visit Stamford on a special mobile workshop, Stamford in the Shadow of Gotham, with the City of Stamford Planning and Economic Development team of David Woods, Ralph Blessing, Robin Stein, Thomas Madden and Vineeta Mathur, on Monday, May 8 from 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Special thanks to Rebecca Reyes-Alicea from the FRA for her extra attention to comments from around Connecticut on the Northeast Corridor EIS; David Elder and Rich Andreski from Connecticut DOT for taking the time to present on transit; and to Melissa Kaplan-Macey of RPA (and CCAPA member) for her ongoing attention to the Connecticut-specific parts of the 4th Regional Plan. Look for all of these sessions through the APA app.

CCAPA in the Exhibit Hall

The Local Host Committee for NPC17 is comprised of representatives from the Connecticut, New York Metro and New Jersey Chapters. We have a booth in the Exhibit Hall (#120).  Please stop by to see our display and meet with members of neighboring chapters. Special thanks to David Woods and Susan Westa for handling many of the local host responsibilities.

Sponsors

 Special thanks to Shipman and Goodwin and Milone & MacBroom, the co-sponsors for the Local Host Committee Reception at the New York Public Library as well as to Robinson & Cole for hosting a reception at the Liberty, 29 West 35th Street. See www.planning.org for additional details.

Thanks to everyone on Team Connecticut and have a great time in New York!

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