Workshops & Trainings

AICP Exam Preparation Seminar

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10 am – 5 pm, Lunch on your own
Cost: $0 (pre-registration required)
Maximum: 75 people
Can only attend this if registering for the conference


Gain an overview of the AICP exam, its content, and topic areas. In the morning, learn about successful strategies for applying to take the exam, how to address the five types of questions on the exam, and about abundant local, state, and national resources to help you prepare for the exam.  In the afternoon, gain training in several important exam topic areas (History/Law/Spatial), see past test takers’ comments, work on answering practice questions, and learn how to get access to an abundance of Florida Chapter study materials, including the presentations, materials and practice exams from an ongoing study group. Plenty of time will be available for your questions.


Henry Bittaker, AICP, APA Florida Vice President of Professional Development

Pre-Disaster and Post-Disaster Lessons Learned from the 2017 Hurricane Season

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: $20
AICP CM Credits pending: 2.5
Maximum: 75 people


This session will feature a group of speakers with a specific focus on highlighting lessons learned from their impacted area pre- and post- Hurricane Irma.  The session includes speakers from very differently impacted areas across the state demonstrating the widespread and diverse impacts felt everywhere.  Each speaker has been asked to provide an overview of the impacts as well as a specific list of what they learned they could improve upon to prepare for the next major event, including those unanticipated issues that arose.  During the session we will in live time be adding those lessons learned to compile a “Guide” document with all of the important information conveyed during the session based on people’s personal experiences with Irma.  This can be made available through APA Florida after the conference for use by stakeholders.



  • The Honorable Representative Kristin Jacobs, Florida House of Representatives, District 96
  • Christine Hurley, AICP, Monroe County
  • Julie C. Salvo, AICP, Orange County Public Schools
  • Mayte Santamaria, AICP, St. Lucie County
  • Adam T. Ferguson, Senior Consultant, Disaster Recovery and Mitigation, Rostan Solutions LLC
  • Northeast Florida Representative (invited)
Building Strong Transit and Technology-Ready Communities

Tuesday Sept. 11, 1:30 – 4:45 pm
Cost: $25
AICP CM Credits Pending: 3.0
Maximum: 75 people


Cities and regions successfully compete for talent and thrive economically when they improve access and mobility for everyone. Take a deep dive into the principles and best practices of “Smart Cities” that can guide how your community adds value by increasing economic opportunity through multimodal access and technology. This interactive workshop will combine the diverse experience of professionals with varied roles and perspectives across disciplines to engage participants in a series of learning exercises on what works to create places that thrive with multimodal transportation networks and are prepared for technology that is changing everything. Participants will hear from experts in planning, public consensus building, design, transit operations and urban economics to understand key principles, lessons learned and effective practices. They will engage in interactive exercises to demonstrate understanding and apply principles intended to guide policy and physical design for successful multimodal and technology-ready communities.



  • Rodney Chatman, AICP, Forward Pinellas
  • Laura Minns, AICP, WSP
  • Blake Drury, GAI Consultants
  • Cheryl Stacks, PE, City of St. Petersburg
  • Cassandra Borchers, PSTA
  • Kate Ange, AICP, Renaissance Planning
Planning Official’s Training Symposium

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 8 am – 5 pm, lunch will be provided
Cost: No cost with Planning Commissioner registration if requested, $50 for training only (includes ticket for Tuesday night reception)
AICP CM Credits pending: 6.0 CM
Maximum: 50 people


Are you an appointed advisory board member, or an elected official making planning and zoning recommendations or decisions for your local government?  If so, then this one-day workshop is tailored just for you!  This is a one-day workshop where breakout sessions will cover underlying law and planning principles that shape the development and approval process in Florida, as well as focused discussions on citizen participation techniques, complete streets initiatives, economics of new development/growth, sustainability, emerging trends in planning, and perspectives/advice from fellow board members.  Each participant will leave the workshop with a Certificate of Completion and a copy of the training material and information sources.


Kim Glas-Castro, AICP