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Join Planning NEXT at the APA NPC21 Virtual Conference next week May 5-7, 2021

By April 30, 2021Staff Activity
The 2021 National Planning Conference (NPC) will be held from May 5-7, 2021.

Planners from across the country have a chance to share emerging trends, reflect on past accomplishments, and collaborate for the future of communities together at the National Planning Conference (NPC), an annual event hosted by the American Planning Association. Principal Jamie Greene, FAICP along with Senior Project Manager Sarah Kelly, AICP and intern Bethany Bella are all participating to share their knowledge and expertise on a variety of topics at this year’s conference. See below for more information, hope to see you at the conference!

Community Interventions Using AI

Principal, Jamie Greene will be moderating the session, Community Interventions Using AI. Speakers from the City of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama will highlight a case study in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and its application on a new, innovative approach that uses artificial intelligence to minimize bias related to nuisance identification and removal. Learn how to implement these techniques to further equity, diversity, and inclusion within communities by focusing on interventions.

Join the session on May 5 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to hear about this exciting community intervention. Visit the NPC 21 website for more details.  

Spotlight Session: Zoom Towns: Broadband and the Culture of Connection

Senior Project Manager, Sarah D. Kelly is presenting alongside colleagues from Cape Cod, Clinton County (OH), and Utah State University in a special “Spotlight Session” called Zoom Towns: Broadband and the Culture of Connection. This session will feature conversations about ways in which communities are taking advantage of work-from-home trends while also acknowledging the importance of broadband to support communities seeking to benefit from telecommuting. Following the presentation is a 30-minute discussion about highlighting the national importance of Internet connectivity, remote work, and connection with communities in this post-COVID era of community planning.

The session will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. CDT. Visit the NPC21 website for more details.

Beyond the “Usual Suspects”: Ideas for Equitable Engagement Poster Presentation

Intern, Bethany N. Bella, will be presenting a poster from her graduate studies at The Ohio State University called Beyond the “Usual Suspects”: Ideas for Equitable Engagement. Stop by and say hi during her dedicated poster time on Thursday, May 6 from 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. CST. You can also view her poster and listen to a recorded audio explanation as the NPC on-demand session any time during the conference, from May 5 through May 7.