News Release: January 14, 2020

Discover Inspiration at APA’s National Planning Conference

CHICAGO (January 14, 2020) — Registration is now open for the 2020 American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference (NPC20) in Houston.

The nation’s fourth-largest city will host this year’s premier planning event for urban, regional and community planners. Over four days, connect, explore and experience how planners are helping communities navigate a changing world from climate adaptation and hazard mitigation to addressing the nation’s housing crisis and improving public health.

NPC20 is where you can connect with nearly 5,000 attendees from around the country and the world. Experience first-hand all the benefits of attending NPC20, including:

  • Access to more than 250 learning opportunities, presented by innovative leaders of the profession.
  • Curated education curriculum organized around 13 tracks to help you plan a personalized experience. Tracks include Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation, Housing and Community Development, and Technology and Innovation.
  • Experience how Houston plans through 50 mobile workshops that take you into the neighborhoods, led by local practitioners. Workshops include exploring METRO’s Rail Systems and Operations, and the East Aldine Town Center in Partnerships for Healthy Planning.
  • Expanded learning formats including interactive, storytelling, panel discussions and ignite sessions.

Houston is one of the country’s most diverse cities and is a unique planning environment. See how the city is addressing similar challenges a little differently through creative and collaborative planning. NPC20 is where you can learn valuable skills to work smarter, get inspired and make life-long connections.

Stay informed by following #NPC20 on social media. Register by March 4 to take advantage of the early bird registration rates.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating great communities for all. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 45,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA’s Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;

January 14, 2020