2021 National Planning Conference

Program

May 5–7, 2021 | Online

Join in the Immersive Digital Experience

The NPC21 program is immersive, energizing, and empowering. Preparing you to anticipate and successfully adapt to the needs of today's rapidly changing world, this program is built on six core areas.

Your digital adventure at NPC21 will be different than previous experiences. From traditional live education sessions to immersive networking options and short-burst learning opportunities to on-demand learning choices, you'll find experiences that fit your style of learning.

Missing travel? We're bringing Boston-area planning to life straight from your screen of choice. Get a feel for this historic and boundary-pushing region with locally produced education with key takeaways to apply to your town.

We're still adding great content to the program over the coming weeks like networking opportunities and more sessions, including spotlights, another keynote, panel discussions, and more!

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NPC21 Welcomes

Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Keynote Speaker, May 5 at 9 a.m. CT

A champion of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and advocate for politically empowering women around the world, Jarrett served as Senior Advisor to President Obama, Commissioner of Planning and Development in Chicago, Chairwoman of the Chicago Transit Authority, and currently serves as President of the Barack Obama Foundation. Join us at NPC21 to hear from this inspiring American change-maker!

Program Areas

Hear from experts and your peers on case studies with tested solutions, proactive approaches to current challenges, and innovative navigation to working with projected future disruptors.

Addressing a Legacy of Inequality

Addressing a Legacy of Inequality

Focuses on adapting planning to correct wrongs and reduce disparities that exist across communities. These sessions offer equity driven revitalization methods geared towards enacting long-term equitable outcomes.

COVID Recovery and Reinvention

COVID Recovery and Reinvention

Offers creative thinking and big ideas for planning and recovery efforts. Content covered in these sessions focuses on equitable recovery methods and innovation to address the daily and future needs of the community.

Emerging Transportation and Infrastructure

Emerging Transportation and Infrastructure

Includes planning practices to prioritize equitable streets and communities to navigate rapidly changing transportation innovations and ageing infrastructures.

Leveraging Rapid Technological Planning

Leveraging Rapid Technological Planning

Explains new planning uses for technology to adapt and navigate the changing world. Integrate strategies that increase sustainability, resiliency, and equity through rapid digital transformations.

Practice Innovation

Practice Innovation

Engages continuous learning opportunities to gain new forms of knowledge to improve and sharpen your skills.

 

Resilient Planning in a Changing Climate

Resilient Planning in a Changing Climate

Prepares for and addresses the multitude of challenges brought about by climate change. Implement innovative sustainability and resiliency practices to overcome challenges facing our communities.

 

Program Features

Daily Schedule

Thinking about blocking your calendar off already, you go-getter, you? Here's a quick list of when to expect live broadcast education during your conference days. But don't forget, there will be on-demand education available at your convenience, engaging networking opportunities, and moving (literally) wellness activities as well!

All times listed in Central Time:

Wednesday, May 5: 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, May 6: 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Friday, May 7: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Final agenda coming soon

Immersive Education Experience

Here's a sneak peek at what to expect:

  • Live broadcast education: Jump into a live session, with live speaker Q&A. Watch and engage with these sessions led by experts!
  • On-demand content: Access education or experiences at your own pace! Early-risers and night owls alike can tune in at their convenience.
  • Speed shares: Get inspired with a quick snapshot of issues affecting the planning practice. Each 5-minute session quickly covers key takeaways you need to know.
  • Storytelling: These 15-minute activities bring a personal or professional experience to life, sharing success and failures.
  • 45-Minute sessions: Go deeper on topics ranging from case studies to the future of the profession, presented by a panel of experts.