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Attendee Information for the APAWA 2022 Conference

Welcome to the APAWA 2022 Conference! Please review the information below detailing COVID safety measures, the event schedule, site location, parking, and more. If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to contact the APAWA office at [email protected] or at (206) 682-7436.

COVID Safety Guidelines

APAWA will be following all current CDC guidelines for large gatherings. All attendees and guests will be subject to all venue rules and regulations in place at the time of the conference. By registering for any APAWA in-person events, you are agreeing to abide by all safety protocols set forth by the meeting organizers. If you are found to be in violation of the guidelines and APAWA feels your behavior is putting other attendees at risk, you may be asked to leave. If you are asked to leave, APAWA reserves the right to determine your eligibility for a refund. We appreciate your compliance with this policy to ensure the safety of all APAWA guests at in-person events.

Additionally, you will be asked to attest to your health status onsite, prior to participating in the event. If you are not willing to complete this health questionnaire or your responses indicate that you may be at risk for spreading the virus, APAWA reserves the right to determine your eligibility for a refund.

Safety policies and procedures are subject to change dependent upon venue and state regulations. Any additional changes will be listed on this page.

COVID Contact Tracing:

If you test positive for any strain of the COVID-19 virus within 14 days around or after attending an APAWA hosted event, please call or email the APAWA Office at (206) 209-5296 or [email protected]. APAWA will keep attendees informed if a potential exposure has been had at an APAWA hosted event. We encourage you to download a COVID-19 exposure tracing app to help you gain the fastest information of potential exposures.

Hotel Directions

Off I-5, we’re across the street from Esther Short Park. Vancouver Waterfront and its pier, shops, and restaurants are nine minutes’ walk from our door. The Amtrak Station is a five-minute drive, and Portland International Airport is 15 minutes away. Enjoy the hotel's indoor pool, fitness center, and Grays, the restaurant and bar supports sustainability.

(360) 993-4500

Public Transportation

Getting Here:
Please be mindful of climate impacts. APA Washington encourages all event attendees to consider carpooling or arriving by train, bus, or transit.

Amtrack Cascades service is available to Vancouver from many cities in Western Washington.

Transit service in the Vancouver area is provided by C-Tran. 

If you are traveling via public transportation, we encourage you to check out Visit Vancouver's guide to public transportation.

Parking Details:

The current rates for Hilton Vancouver Washington are self-parking for $29.00/day and valet parking for $39.00/day available in our underground parking facility. Additional parking is available for day use and supplemental parking at the Vancouver Center at the current rates of $1.25 per hour, Monday - Friday $9.00 max until 6 p.m. $12.50 max all day until close, $3.50 max after 6 p.m. until close and weekend rate $3.50 all day. 
Note: Increase in hotel parking cost.

Please contact the APAWA office at [email protected], or call (206) 682-7436 if you have additional questions.

Registration and Arrival 

During registration hours, you will be able to pick up your name badge and materials.

Items being sold at the Auction should be dropped off (wrapped and ready for display) at the registration desk before noon on Wednesday if at all possible.

Registration Desk Hours
The registration desk is located in Discovery Foyer
Day 1: Wednesday, October 12
7:00 AM–6:00 PM
Day 2: Thursday, October 13
7:00 AM –3:00 PM 


The full schedule is available on the APAWA website and the conference app. Be sure to plan your days accordingly. 


Be sure to take time to interact with our sponsors and exhibit tables during the breaks and throughout the conference. Make deeper connections with sponsors and exhibitors by inviting them to join you for social and other activities. 

Conference App

Hold APAWA 2022 in the palm of your hand! Follow the instructions below to download the conference app. 

For both the Apple & Google Store

1) Search for ‘’2022 APA WA Annual Conference" in the app store

2) Click on the download icon

3) Click the profile icon located at the top right of the app home page to log in

4) Sign in with the same email address you used to register for the conference

5) You should now have access to the conference 

Tips for Attending the APAWA Conference

1. Plan which sessions you want to attend in advance

Check out the schedule on the website or download the app and make a note of which sessions or presenters you especially want to see.

2.  Wear comfortable shoes

You might find that you do a surprising amount of walking at the APAWA conference. Between getting from your hotel to the conference venue, walking between sessions, and going out in the evening for dinner or social events, you may well be on your feet all day. So make sure you wear shoes that are comfortable and won't cause you pain.

3. Dress in layers

Please note that the dress code for this event is business casual. Business casual is appropriate for all APAWA conferences and any related events. We do recommend that you dress in layers as session rooms can vary in temperature.

4. Do attend the social events

Social events such as receptions or networking events are an important part of the conference experience as they give you a chance to talk with the other attendees and sponsors in a more informal setting. So do make an effort to attend at least some of the social events as well as education sessions.

5. Stay in touch

As we all know, conferences are a great way to connect with our counterparts at other organizations or friends we haven't seen in a long time. Don't let contact end at the conference! We encourage you to stay in touch, share ideas, and compare challenges to get the most out of the conference.

Mobile Workshops

Join us and take part in the four Mobile Workshops that will be offered. You can sign up at the conference or save time and sign up today!

10:45 AM - 5:30 PM Columbia River Gorge
2:15 -3:45 PM Vancouver Waterfront
3:45 - 5:15 PM We Bought A Mall: Planning for Equity in the Heights District
1:00 - 2:45 PM Vancouver's Safe Stay Communities 


Register for a Mobile Workshop

Scholarship Auction

The Student Scholarship Auction will be held on Wednesday, October 12th, during the opening reception. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 PM and the live auction will start at 6:30 PM. All of the Auction proceeds will benefit students at Washington's three accredited Planning colleges.  Auction items can only be purchased with credit cards. NO CASH.

Live Auction Items
Silent Auction Items

Social Events

Don't forget to check out the following Attendee Experience Activities:

AICP CM Credits

AICP members can log CM credits for the live in-person breakout sessions attended at APAWA 2022.

The Certification Maintenance (CM) program offers AICP-certified planners professional development opportunities that keep them abreast of the latest best practices in planning. This education program connects today's practicing planners to CM providers who are dedicated to excellence and innovation. AICP members are responsible for logging Certification Maintenance (CM) credits and managing their online CM log.

Need continuing education credits but not an AICP? You can still likely use the information provided on the APAWA 2022 CM sessions to log continuing education credits as self-reported credits. Please check the self-report policy and requirements with your certifying board.

AICP Certification Maintenance


Vancouver, WA 

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