2021 APA Virginia Annual Conference Request for Proposals
The 2021 American Planning Association (APA) Virginia Chapter Annual Conference is the Chapter’s signature event. For our 51st Annual Conference, we will continue to offer a Conference Program that exemplifies the best of Virginia’s planning practice, theory, projects and persons.

The 2021 Conference theme is Innovation in Planning! This past year certainly has been different, where we have found ourselves learning to adapt to live “outside the norm.” We have been forced to do everything differently: how we live, work, and play. This year’s conference will focus on how we have had to adapt as planners from our work stations to how and what we plan. How has transportation, housing, economic development, social equity, public health, finances, etc. changed in the past year? How do all these factors affect communities and impact what planners do? Twenty first century plans must address these challenges and innovations to ensure the vision we establish for our communities remains viable and equitable. We want to hear from you and give you the opportunity to present your thoughts on how the pandemic has impacted the world of planning, how we approach development, our role as planners, and how will it affect the future – where do we go from here?

Priority may be given to sessions that exemplify the 2021 Conference theme (stated above) and/or those topics identified by the Conference Planning Committee including: woman & minorities in planning, career development & advancement, planning management, finance & budgeting, equity & diversity, new & emerging technologies (solar, broadband, apps), civic engagement and public participation.

All session abstract proposals are due no later than Friday March 12, 2021. Late submissions may not be accepted.
Session Title *
Name of individual submitting this session proposal - you will be the lead contact for this submission and will be responsible for communicating all relevant feedback or questions to the rest of your presentation team, if applicable *
Email of individual submitting this session proposal - this is the email address conference staff will use for all conference related communication *
Session Format *
Required
Detailed Description *
Please clearly describe the planning-related educational objective that this session achieves (e.g., what AICP members will learn). Note that the content must be designed to teach the subject matter in appropriate depth and scope for the level of a typical AICP member (e.g., a planner with at least two years of experience).
Value of Session to Practicing Planning Professionals *
Topic: Please choose up to THREE from the following list of topics representative of the overall session: *
Required
Will you be requesting Law CM Credits? *
If you answered YES to the question above, please provide a description of how the event with meet the Law requirement.
(2000 char max) Providers must demonstrate that the content of the session is related to existing planning laws or case decisions or trends in existing planning laws or case decisions. Political movements, policy recommendations, and policy initiatives are not "current planning law." Existing planning laws or case decisions must clearly constitute a majority of the content of the activity.
Will you be requesting Ethics CM Credits? *
If you answered YES to the question above, please provide a description of how the event will meet the Ethics requirement.
(2000 char max) Providers must demonstrate that the content of the activity focuses on training planners on the standards of ethical behavior according to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. While general ethics courses, local ethics laws, and ethic codes from other professions can introduce relevant issues as well, the AICP Code focuses on a system of moral principles specific to professional planners.
Indicate Willingness to Present in Person, Virtually, or Both - select one or both *
Required
If you selected the VIRTUAL conference option - A virtual conference provides a program that consists of a variety of presentation styles to create scheduling flexibility and positive attendee & presenter experience. Please indicate which format(s) that would be preferred for your session presentation.
Presenter # 1 Name *
Presenter # 1 Email *
Presenter # 1 Phone Number *
Presenter # 1 Credentials (AICP, FAICP, PE, etc.) *
Presenter # 1 Employer *
Presenter # 1 Biographical Information *
(3-5 sentences; including current professional title and notable achievements that indicate required level of expertise)
Presenter #2 Name
Presenter #2 Email
Presenter #2 Phone
Presenter #2 Credentials (AICP, FAICP, PE, etc.)
Presenter #2 Employer
Presenter #2 Biographical Information
(3-5 sentences; including current professional title and notable achievements that indicate required level of expertise)
Presenter #3 Name
Presenter #3 Email
Presenter #3 Phone
Presenter #3 Credentials (AICP, FAICP, PE, etc.)
Presenter #3 Employer
Presenter #3 Biographical Information
(3-5 sentences; including current professional title and notable achievements that indicate required level of expertise)
Please share any other notes about your session proposal that you believe could be relevant (ex: if you have more than 3 presenters, the additional information can be listed here)
Please note any specific AV/technology/adaptive technology needs, if needed - this could be for an in person format or a virtual format
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