Registration is Open for the Joint Washington/Oregon APA Conference!

The Conference Committee has been busy planning and preparing for the Joint Washington/Oregon APA Conference. This year our theme is “Columbia Connection: Planning, People, Places.” The event will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on October 27-28, 2016, with mobile workshops on October 26. Registration for the conference is open, brochures are in the mail, and the registration email blast will be in your inboxes before this newsletter reaches you.

The joint conference promises to be a worthwhile event with mobile workshops in the Portland area, the Vancouver waterfront, and out to the Columbia River Gorge scheduled. There are five learning tracks and over 40 breakout sessions, with time in between for networking, visiting exhibitors, and night time activities, including a pub crawl and scavenger hunt on Friday night.

Thursday’s lunch Keynote Speaker, Hazel Borys, will discuss “Urbanism in the Columbia Region: The Paybacks of Beloved Places.” For Friday’s lunch, Keynote Speaker Joe Minicozzi will speak about downtown development, with a presentation titled “The Dollars and $ense of Downtown Development.”

Tracks include Equitable Communities, Healthy People and Places, Innovation and Partnerships, Strong Professionals, and Planning the Great Beyond.

To register and for more information, visit the Oregon APA chapter website. There is still time to sponsor the conference and reserve exhibit space. We hope to see you there! 

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