It’s time for the 2016 APA National Conference, and another opportunity for Houseal Lavigne Associates to share our experiences and knowledge with planning professionals from around the world! We’re excited to be heading to Phoenix for the 2016 APA National Conference on April 2-5. We look forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new faces at the Houseal Lavigne booth in the exhibit hall. Also, please visit our sMap booth and learn more about our new partnership with ESRI! You can use sMap to learn more about what to do in Phoenix by clicking here. sMap is being used across the globe by communities, agencies, and consultants for a variety of planning and outreach initiatives. All of the information on sMap will be available at the booth.
During the 2016 conference, members of the Houseal Lavigne Associates Team will be involved in various sessions and events. We hope you have the opportunity to hear some of the unique experiences and insights we have gained over this past year as we have worked throughout the country. Houseal Lavigne Associates staff will be involved in the following sessions and workshops:
Achieving the Community-Authored Plan
John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Monday, April 4, 7:30am-8:45am
The community-authored plan is an ideal toward which many communities strive. But how do you balance such public involvement with the technical and statutory requirements of local planning? This session introduces key considerations and strategies to maximize citizen resources.
City Manager versus City Planner Skillsets Discussion
Drew Awsumb | Monday, April 4, 7:30am-8:45am
Planners and city managers cross paths all the time. Some of them even find themselves doing a little bit of both. MPA vs. MUP. ICMA and APA. We will tackle what skills from both professions help do what’s effective.
How to Start a Planning Firm
Dan Gardner, John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Monday, April 4, 10:30am-11:45am
Considering a career as a planning consultant? In 2014, Houseal Lavigne Associates received APA’s Planning Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning and Design Firm. Learn what worked and what didn’t in launching a firm during challenging economic times in the late 2000’s.
Envisioning and Engaging With Geodesign
Devin Lavigne | Monday April 4, 2:45pm-4:00pm
Discover how geodesign, a new design approach, is allowing planning and design professionals to anticipate future trends and propose planning solutions. Learn how it also is helping communities and decision makers make the wisest, most well-informed choices possible.
Regulating Urban Agriculture as a Controversial Land Use Discussion
John Houseal | Tuesday April 5, 7:45am-9:15am
Many believe urban agriculture can yield wide-ranging environmental, health, and economic benefits. However, some are wondering whether urban agriculture can realize these lofty goals. This session will discuss the tools available to promote, or regulate, sometimes controversial agricultural activities in an urban environment.
Using Financial Performance Indicators in Planning
Drew Awsumb | Tuesday April 5, 9:30am-10:45am
Can municipal finance metrics inform urban planning? Financial planning, budgeting, land use planning, and economic development programming are all closely interrelated. Learn how to calculate your own financial indicators and use them to inform local government planning efforts.
Fast & Funny Planning Presentations
Fast, Funny, or Passionate 1
Dan Gardner and Cecilia Hernandez | Saturday, April 2, 4:00pm-5:15pm
In this session of 7-minute fast and funny presentations, Dan will be presenting a humorous and personal perspective of balancing years of experience with a continually evolving work place. Cecilia will touch on how little people can do big things in their cities.
Fast, Funny, or Passionate 2
Devin Lavigne | Sunday, April 3, 4:00pm-5:15pm
In this session of 7-minute fast and funny presentations, Devin will critically evaluate a severely-flawed cityscape play mat from IKEA.
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Nikolas Davis | Monday April 4, 4:15pm-5:30pm
In this session of 7-minute fast and funny presentations, Nik will be providing a planner’s perspective on some common misconceptions we hear when first kicking off a project that either divert attention away from the real planning issues, or are just plain wrong.
AICP Exam Prep Workshop
John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Saturday, April 2, 9:00am-Noon
Prepare for the AICP exam with this three-hour workshop. It starts with a 30-minute tutorial on the application process, followed by an overview of the six sections of the exam. Fifteen minutes at the end of the workshop are set aside for Q & A.