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Volume XXXVIII, Issue 5

August 16, 2022

President's Message

It's been a hot summer in the northwest, and now that October is approaching, things are really heating up in the chapter's virtual office. It's not corn mazes that has us so excited, or even community planning month (although that's exciting too). October 11-13 is the APA-WA Chapter Conference in Vancouver, live and direct for the first time since we gathered in the city of destiny in 2019.

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Fall Conference Update

Chad Eiken, AICP, Conference Chair

This year’s conference will be in person at the Vancouver Hilton Convention Center from October 11-13. The conference theme, 2022 APAWA Annual Conference, Keep Calm and Plan On, acknowledges that planners have to navigate through a period of unprecedented change and societal discord, while continuing to advance important issues and address the ever-changing needs of their communities. Planners are meeting these challenges head-on, and the field of planning is more relevant than ever. We hope you will join us for two full days of networking and learning.
Early bird registration will be closing soon! Sign up by Friday, August 19 to save on registration.

2022 Keynote Speakers 

Angela Brooks, FAICP, Director for Illinois Program at Corporation for Supportive Housing, will serve as the main keynote speaker. Ms. Brooks is based in Chicago but has deep planning roots in Washington State.

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Petra Hurtado, PhD, is APA’s Research Director who oversees APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is “responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda and advancing planning practices that assist communities in navigating change.” 

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Short Course, Breakouts, and Mobiles, Oh My! 

2022 Breakout Sessions

A total of 32 compelling breakout sessions have been selected for the conference, in addition to the State’s Short Course on GMA. Several sessions that will surely attract a crowd include: “Planning with Clarity in Times of Uncertainty,” “The Intersection of Climate Change, Public Health, and Equity,” and “Career Lessons from Planning Survivors.” Four mobile workshop options include a walking tour of the Vancouver Waterfront and a tour of planning projects in the Columbia Gorge. For a full list of sessions, check out the conference schedule page.

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Sponsorship Opportunities Are Open

Partner with APA-WA

Multiple opportunities to sponsor the conference are still available but don’t miss your opportunity to highlight your agency or company at the conference and on APA’s website. Booths are also on sale for the conference, and multiple breaks are planned throughout the conference so attendees can visit the Exhibitor Space. For more information on sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, see the Sponsorship Conference page.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information


Social Events Galore

The APA-WA Southwest Section is planning two social events on the evening of October 11, the first night of the conference. For the traditionalists, a pub crawl will hit the hot spots in the downtown, just a short walk from the Hilton. At the same time, a wine-tasting stroll will head to the Waterfront to sample from any of nine wine-tasting rooms. 

Read About the Upcoming Social Events


Thank You to Our 2022 Annual Sponsors

                                                           Annual Gold Sponsors                                                  


                                                          Annual Silver Sponsors


                                           Conference Opening Keynote Sponsor


Upcoming Events

SW Section Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 7 | 5:00 PM PD

Southwest Section Quarterly Panners Forum  

Thursday, September 15 | 9:00 AM –11:15 AM PDT

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