2021 OAPA/APA WA Virtual Joint Planning Conference

Growing Virtually Together
October 1315, 2021 | Virtual

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OAPA/APA WA Virtual Joint Conference, October 13–15, 2021

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The 2021 conference continues with the theme of Growing Together Virtually, recognizing the importance and challenges of planning for evolving communities, large and small, in these challenging and polarizing times. The conference will provide the opportunity to share, learn from each other, and grow as professionals. The following three areas will receive special focus in the conference.

Post - COVID Economy and Land Use Changes

As we continue to respond to the challenges communities are facing because of the pandemic, how can we understand anticipate needs and opportunities? How are different communities and planning disciplines approaching planning?

Racial Equity in Planning Practice

The 2020 conference included substantive discussions of historical and contemporary planning practice through a racial equity lens. The 2021 conference aims to build on those explorations by presenting additional case studies, analysis, and ideas for professional practice that demonstrate how the planning profession can advance racial equity in meaningful ways.

Environmental Policy, Climate Change, and Resiliency

Climate change is already impacting Oregon and Washington in dramatic ways, and the policies and regulations being considered to both prevent and address climate change impacts affect planning practice across transportation, land use, housing, and economic development planning specialties. What role do planners have in developing and implementing these policies, and how can planners be more effective and informed?


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Registration Fees

APA Members: $150 | Students: $50 

Non-Members: $205 

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Reduced Rate Scholarships Available

There are a limited number of reduced rate scholarships available. You must be a current APA member, not a student, work for an organization that cannot afford to send you to the conference and/or you are unemployed. The reduced rate for the scholarship is $75 for all three days of the virtual conference. Submit your Scholarship Application by Friday, September 17.


Local In-Person Activities

Although our fall conference will be held remotely, Oregon and Washington are opening up to in-person gatherings and we are encouraging in-person conference-related events in both states. We need people willing to plan and schedule such events – during the conference itself and during the week of the conference (including weekends!). What project or educational, social, or networking event in your community would you like to celebrate with your colleagues, and then follow-up with a visit to a nearby restaurant, pub, or park? 

Learn more about Local In-Person Activities at the 2021 OAPA/APA WA Joint Annual Conference.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! 

Sponsoring will provide you with an opportunity to participate in unique knowledge creation and knowledge sharing with colleagues from all over the Pacific Northwest. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities on the OAPA website. 


 For more information and questions regarding the conference, please contact Stephanie Green, Event Manager. For questions regarding your membership or member profile, please contact the APAWA Office.