APA Texas Chapter Conference

APA Texas Chapter
State Planning Conference and Short Course
October 2-5, 2013
Galveston Island Convention Center

Join planners and planning officials from across Texas in Galveston to attend the annual statewide Planning Conference and the Short Course for Planning Commissioners and Elected Officials.

This year’s conference theme is “Waves of Change”, about the changing forces and impacts of development, economy, energy, environment, climate, land use, transportation and governance that are sweeping many of Texas’ communities and regions.   The conference is set in one of Texas’ most historic and scenic cities.  Today more than ever Galveston is a living community laboratory for understanding and addressing the sweeping changes and impacts of future growth and development.   The conference program will include a total of nine tracks and 56 sessions devoted to transferrable lessons learned and emerging practices for innovative planning and effective governance.  Hear leading speakers and panel members discussing Waves of Change.  Galveston’s coastal barrier island setting lends itself well to a full tract focused on hazards and recovery planning.  Other conference tracks will focus on planning law and ethics, emerging professionals, planning and regulatory practices, and a diverse range of other timely topics.

The APA Texas Chapter is pleased to present the 41st Annual Short Course for Planning Commissioners and Elected Officials. The Short Course provides training for planning commissioners and local officials, and also serves as a resource for practicing planners. The Short Course has been conducted every year since 1971, except in 1975, when the National Planning Conference was hosted by the Texas Chapter in San Antonio. Whether a first time newly appointed planning & zoning Commissioner or an experienced local official, the Short Course and Conference are an opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills for contributing to improvement of your community.  The Short Course curriculum includes two tracks of sessions aimed at covering basic planning issues as well as advanced topics that are about the important challenges and opportunities faced by planning officials in Texas communities.  Mobile workshops will provide bus, pedestrian and bicycle tours of interest for those wanting a firsthand look at Galveston’s neighborhoods and recovery development projects.

The conference hosts are planning enjoyable evening events that will make another memorable Texas APA Conference.  The Opening Reception on Wednesday evening will be poolside at the San Luis Resort, featuring lots of food, beverages, musical entertainment and networking opportunity to meet and renew acquaintances with fellow planners and officials.  The Planning Awards Luncheon on Friday will showcase the award winning projects from throughout the state.  Thursday night’s special event will feature the newly reconstructed Pleasure Pier with carnival rides, food and drinks.   Friday night’s closing reception will be held at the Offshore Oil Museum at fisherman’s wharf in the Historic Strand District, with opportunity to stroll the Strand and enjoy a late dinner or drink in the many restaurants and nightclubs.

Three 5-star hotels located on the seawall within walking distance of the Convention Center are offering rooms at economical conference rates at the San Luis, Hilton and Holiday Inn Resorts.  Conference rates are also available over the weekend following Friday’s conclusion of the conference. Bring your family and enjoy a weekend on the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast.

Overall, this year’s APA Texas Chapter Conference promises to be a remarkable opportunity for learning and enjoyment, sharing of practical planning knowledge and innovations, and professional training for both practicing planners and community planning officials. Register now online and make your hotel reservations to attend this year’s conference and short course!

Location: Galveston, Texas

Date: Oct. 2, 2013, 8 a.m. - Oct. 5, 2013, 12:15 p.m.