NY Upstate APA Conference Session Proposals

Your colleagues in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Section are looking for creative ideas for sessions at the 2019 NY Upstate APA Chapter Conference, which will be held October 2-4, 2019 at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Rochester.

We, the 2019 NY Upstate APA Conference Program Committee, hope that by having an early call for sessions, in the middle of an Upstate winter, the depth and breadth of planners’ creativity (or midwinter boredom) will be showcased. The Committee has not pre-selected themes and is looking for common threads to emerge through this call for sessions.

New ideas, concepts, and session formats that have not been seen at previous Chapter conferences are encouraged. Sessions that address skills and concepts connected to planning, and useful for planners, but that are not typical planning conference session topics are encouraged (e.g. public speaking and presentation skills, professional writing, conflict resolution, etc.) Submissions from groups traditionally under-represented in the planning profession are highly encouraged.

Please note that AICP CM content must be designed to teach subject matter in appropriate depth and scope for the level of a typical AICP member (e.g. a planner with at least 4 years’ experience after earning a 2-year master’s). Content intended for planning commissioners or elected officials, or that are basic in nature (e.g. subject matter taught in planning school) are not eligible.

Session concepts that will fulfill the 1.5 hours of AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for both law and ethics are highly desirable.

The Program Committee firmly believes that the best learning often occurs through discussion, so session planners should structure their session to include discussion time and also include ample time for Q&A.

“Brainstorming” ideas will be considered, but greater value will be placed on those session proposals that have concepts with committed speakers.

Please submit your best ideas by close of business Friday February 22, 2019 through this short online form.

Questions? Contact Tanya Mooza Zwahlen, AICP, 2019 NYUAPA Conference Program Co-Chair at tanya@highland-planning.com.