APA National Planning Conference 2018

April 21–24, 2018. New Orleans, LA.



A timeless city with a unique way of life, New Orleans is steeped in European traditions and Afro-Caribbean influences. The picturesque Big Easy is a planning haven. Historic preservation, diverse infrastructure projects, integrated waterways that gave the city its Crescent City nickname, and more display innovative planning practices all over the metropolis.

The American Planning Association’s 2018 National Planning Conference will bring together the hottest topics, the latest tools, and the leading voices with something new to say. With hundreds of sessions and cutting-edge presentations on offer, you can dig deeper into your specialty or explore new topics.

APA brings together thousands of planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students to discuss fresh ideas and innovative planning. The National Planning Conference is the best place to find a mentor, connect with colleagues, and meet planners from around the world. This year's program includes numerous networking opportunities and the Career Zone's popular Mentor Match, Resume Clinic, and Employer Connection.


Registration Rates

Regular Pricing (through March 22)

APA Members: $785

APA New Members: $393

Life, Retired, Student Members: $145

Nonmember Planning Officials: $840

Nonmember: $1,050

Late Pricing (through April 21)

APA Members: $835

APA New Members: $418

Life, Retired, Student Members: $165

Nonmember Planning Officials: $890

Nonmember: $1,050.

All ticket sales are final after March 22.



New Orleans is celebrating a major milestone in 2018 — the 300th anniversary of the city's founding. As the birthplace of jazz, home to Creole and Cajun cuisine, and a multicultural metropolis, New Orleans epitomizes strong roots and big plans. While you're in town, visit both old and new neighborhoods — each with its own unique character — to see how planning in the city has evolved over the last three centuries.

Event Locations:

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

  • All educational sessions
  • Keynote presentations
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Career Zone
  • Awards Luncheon

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

  • Group meetings
  • Planning Institutes
  • Misc. activities



For more information, visit the APA website at https://www.planning.org/conference/npc18/