What’s next on planning’s new landscape? Come to APA’s 2016 National Planning Conference and see what’s ahead for you, your community, and your career.

Big Names, Big Ideas

Opening Keynote, Sunday April 3

Jack UldrichKick off the conference with global futurist Jack Uldrich. A frequent speaker and best-selling author, he'll shake up your assumptions and get you ready for the fresh ideas coming your way in the days ahead. Uldrich regularly appears on CNN, CNBC, and NPR, and in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Forbes. To see what's coming down the road next, head for "Vuja De: A Futurist Takes a Backwards Stroll Into Your World of Tomorrow."

Closing Keynote, Tuesday, April 5

John EnglanderCap off your immersion in all things planning with a message of help and hope from oceanographer and author John Englander. He'll show the big picture on climate change and look at what rising sea levels mean for the economy and society. No doomsday scenarios here. Instead, he'll leave you with a trove of hidden opportunities that can help you and your community thrive in the face of "High Tide on Main Street."

Dates and Rates

Mark your calendar now for April 2–5, 2016, and be there when the world of planning converges on Phoenix. And set a reminder to get in on the early-bird rate. Registration opens in December.

  Early Rate by 2/4/16 Regular Rate by 3/3/16 Late Rate from 3/4/16
APA members and speakers $735 $785 $835
Nonmembers $1,050 $1,050 $1,050
Life, Retired, Early Career Membership Program (student and new professional) members $125 $145 $165
Nonmember planning officials $735 $840 $890

Key Dates for Proposers and Speakers
November 16, 2015 Proposal acceptance notifications sent to proposers, organizers, and speakers
December 17, 2015 Speaker permissions and bios due
February 4, 2016 Speaker conference registration deadline
March 3–31, 2016 Window to upload session PowerPoints
April 2–5, 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix

When and Where

April 2–5, 2016
Phoenix Convention Center

Explore Phoenix

See how a scenic spot on the Sonoran Desert grew into the sixth-largest city in the United States. Find out how a place with 330 days of sunshine a year plans to become America’s first carbon-neutral city. Learn how the home of Sun City came to have a population younger than the nation as a whole. There's so much to discover, including Roosevelt Row, one of APA's 2015 Great Places in America — and one more reason to come to Phoenix for NPC.

Past Conferences

Seattle, 2015
Atlanta, 2014
Chicago, 2013
Los Angeles, 2012
Boston, 2011
New Orleans, 2010
Minneapolis, 2009
Las Vegas, 2008

Complete list of previous conferences 1909-2015

Future Conference Locations

2017, New York
2018, New Orleans
2019, San Francisco
2020, Houston

Future conference dates


Seattle Recap

Check out the photos and reports from the 2015 National Planning Conference in Seattle. If you were there, you can stream recorded sessions until April 1, 2016. If you missed seeing Seattle, check out Planning the Pacific Northwest from APA Planners Press.