2021 OAPA/APA WA Virtual Joint Planning Conference

Growing Virtually Together

Held October 13-15, 2021

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The 2021 conference continues with the theme of Growing Together Virtually, recognizing the importance and challenges of planning for evolving communities, large and small, in these challenging and polarizing times. The conference will provide the opportunity to share, learn from each other, and grow as professionals. The following three areas will receive special focus in the conference.

Post-COVID Economy and Land Use Changes

As we continue to respond to the challenges communities are facing because of the pandemic, how can we understand anticipate needs and opportunities? How are different communities and planning disciplines approaching planning?

Racial Equity in Planning Practice

The 2020 conference included substantive discussions of historical and contemporary planning practice through a racial equity lens. The 2021 conference aims to build on those explorations by presenting additional case studies, analysis, and ideas for professional practice that demonstrate how the planning profession can advance racial equity in meaningful ways.

Environmental Policy, Climate Change, and Resiliency

Climate change is already impacting Oregon and Washington in dramatic ways, and the policies and regulations being considered to both prevent and address climate change impacts affect planning practice across transportation, land use, housing, and economic development planning specialties. What role do planners have in developing and implementing these policies, and how can planners be more effective and informed?

2021 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday Keynote – Cupid Alexander, Assistant Director of Housing & Planning, City of Austin (Texas)

A long-term and lifelong Portlander who has recently relocated to Austin, Texas, Cupid Alexander has spent a career working in partnership and in service of the communities he has lived in as a case manager, program implementation and development administrator, analyst, policy advisor, and Director. With a focus on place and space, Cupid has led efforts on policies aimed at restoring community and creating new and inclusive opportunities in Portland, Spokane (WA), and Austin (TX).  An avid volunteer and a big fan of professional growth, Cupid is the current Regional President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and a former board member of the Urban League of Portland, Habitat for Humanity, the ReBuilding Center, and the Portland Trailblazers Board of Professionals. In his spare time, Cupid enjoys the challenge of keeping plants alive, reminiscing about life prior to COVID, and contemplating why the Trailblazers picked Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft.

Thursday Keynote – Joseph Salvo, Former Chief Demographer at NYC Department of City Planning

Joseph J. Salvo is the former Chief Demographer of New York City. For three decades, as Director of the Population Division at the Department of City Planning, he and his staff provided data and analytical expertise to agencies on needs assessments, program planning and targeting, and policy formulation. He has testified before Congress, been an advisor to the U.S. Census Bureau, served on panels at the National Academy of Sciences, and worked as an expert in litigation related to the decennial census. He has co-authored articles on settlement patterns of race/ethnic groups, census history and methods, and survey evaluation. Dr. Salvo is presently working on behalf of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) to expand the ability of local governments to challenge their census results for the purposes of population estimates.  He is also participating in national efforts to evaluate the 2020 Census and safeguard the confidentiality of census data while ensuring its utility for small-area data users. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Fordham University, is a recipient of the Sloan Public Service Award from the Fund for the City of New York, and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Friday Keynote – Ellen Dunham Jones, Director of the Master of Science in Urban Design at Georgia Tech School of Architecture, College of Design

Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones directs the MS in Urban Design and hosts the REDESIGNING CITIES podcast series at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  An authority on sustainable suburban redevelopment, she was Architectural Record’s 2018-19 Woman Educator of the year and was recognized in 2017 by Planetizen as one of the 100 most influential urbanists. She is co-author with June Williamson of two award-winning books; Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011) and Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies For Urgent Challenges (Wiley, 2021). She maintains a unique database of over 2,000 retrofits and also conducts research on urban design for autonomous vehicles. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, TED, PBS, and NPR. She serves on several national committees, practiced architecture for 20 years, and taught at UVA and MIT before being recruited to direct the Architecture Program at Georgia Tech in 2000.

Conference Schedule

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For more information and questions regarding the conference, please contact Stephanie Green, Event Manager. For questions regarding your membership or member profile, please contact the APA WA Office.