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Technology Division of the American Planning Association (APA) Newsletter: Spring 2013 (Conference Edition)

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Planning & Technology Today: Spring 2013 (Conference Edition) (alternate link)

Letter From Your Chair

The National Planning Conference starts this week in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. The theme of APA 2013 is “Plan Big”, and focuses on creating a big shift in planning via big opportunities and big projects to better plan for our future (See related questions about Big Poverty on page 7). While that theme may seem at odds with the current sequestration and other economic cuts, it is a call to get bold with the planning challenges of our times. You can follow the conference on Twitter via the hashtag #apa2013. You can also follow our division’s activities at that conference via the hashtag #apa2013tech.

The division’s Business Meeting and Facilitated Discussion will be held on Sunday at 10.30 am – 11.45 am in the Riverside Exhibition Center. The agenda for our Business Meeting includes sharing of our last Performance Report, adoption of our Bylaws, and transition to the new leadership. Our Facilitated Discussion will focus on broadband infrastructure, policy and sustainability. We have also tentatively planned a social event on Monday at 5 pm. Don’t forget to check the roster on page 4 for the other technology-related events being held at the conference – I will be discussing mapping mashups on Monday at 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm.

If you want to further coordinate activities with other members, I encourage you to enter the days you are planning to attend at http://doodle.com/9fa62e5zfywcy727.

Finally, I want to congratulate those who got elected and thank others for participating in our elections held last month. Please join me in welcoming the new leadership: Katherine McMahon, incoming Chair; Nader Afzalan (@NaderAfzalan), incoming Vice-Chair; and Karen Quinn Fung (@counti8), incoming Secretary/Treasurer. Kate has some interesting ideas on planning strategies for broadband, and I wish her success in defining the division’s focus on broadband planning activities (See the notice on p.age 3 for a related survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/72GN8KZ).

I also want to thank Corey Proctor and Joni Graves for their contributions of time and talent as the interim Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer respectively, and especially Steve Chiaramonte for a splendid job as the Newsletter Editor.

I hope to meet you in Chicago. As always, you can contact me directly at harshATgisblog.org (@GISblog).

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April 8th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

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