As planners, we are often the ones inspiring others to reimagine their communities, to aspire for better solutions, or to make changes that improve the quality of life of their communities.
At the 2016 Annual Conference, APA Florida hopes to not only celebrate the great ways planners are inspiring communities but also to breathe new inspiration into the profession of planning. The goal is to leave the conference emboldened, inspired and remembering why you chose to be a planner or perhaps to understand why planning chose you. The conference is designed to both reinvigorate you as well as equip you to take on the next planning challenge.
This year’s slate of speakers and sessions at the conference has been designed so that anyone who attends, no matter where he or she is in his or her career, has the opportunity to learn something new. Keynote speakers like Ron Sims and Jim Kumon will bring fresh ideas on building healthy-inclusive communities. There will be mobile tours across the Tampa Bay region highlighting innovative planning. Sessions will cover everything from practical planning skills to cutting edge planning topics. With these diverse offerings, you will find much to inspire yourself and your peers at the 2016 Conference.
Tampa Bay is a great location for the conference. Downtown Tampa is transforming into a vibrant neighborhood for all through innovative plans. Come see the rebirth of residential development, the completion of the Riverwalk and major enhancements to our public spaces such as Curtis Hixon Park. There is a renaissance here in Tampa Bay that is just beginning.