National Planning Conference 2019

April 13-16, 2019. San Francisco, CA.



The American Planning Association’s 2019 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.


Educational Tracks/Topics at NPC19

  • Disaster resilience and climate change

  • Managing change in communities

  • Housing, community, and economic development

  • Transportation

  • Politics, policy and government

  • Design, development, and preservation

  • Planning practice and careers

  • Technology and planning

  • Planning, health, and the natural environment

  • Planning for inclusiveness and social justice

  • Small town and rural planning

  • International, comparative, and global planning

  • Academic and professional research

For more information on educational tracks and topics, visit the NPC19 website at