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.

Call for Proposals | Due August 20

Your brightest ideas. Your biggest news. Your boldest vision. Propose a session, workshop, or discussion and tell us what’s on planning’s next horizon. You’ll help make the 2016 NPC the hottest place to be. See the details.

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Key Dates for Speakers and Organizers
July 30, 2015 Division, mobile workshop, and Local Host Committee proposals due
August 20, 2015 Session, workshop, facilitated discussion, general posters, and Fast, Funny, or Passionate proposals due
Speakers confirmed
October 15, 2015 Student poster and Student Fast, Funny, or Passionate proposals due
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

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 when you come to Phoenix for NPC. Start now.

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

More than 6,400 planners explored the state of planning in one of America's most sustainable cities. Check out the photos, and reports from Seattle. Get the full story on Storify. Curious to know more? Download the Planners Guide to Seattle. Order your copy of Planning the Pacific Northwest, new from APA Planners Press.


When you come to NPC, you get PowerPoints of nearly all conference sessions. Bonus! Seattle attendees can stream recorded conference sessions right up to April 2, 2016. Missed a session? Want a refresher? Log in with your ID number or e-mail and password. Go to the conference program and find the session. Click the links to download the PDF and start streaming.