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American Planning Association 2006 National Planning Conference, Local Strategies to Achieve Sustainability

- San Antonio, TX, USA
Apr 22, 2006—Apr 26, 2006

San Antonio is the model city for this year’s track Population Today and the City of 2026. With a rich, complex history extending from the Spanish explorations of 1691 to the military’s preparations for World War II, San Antonio has been a multicultural city at the crossroads of revolution and adaptation. Today, San Antonio looks proudly to its past, embraces its role as America’s foremost bridge to Mexico, and supports its 21st century role as an education, tourism, health, and research center. What San Antonio has achieved—and still must achieve—in integrating its varied populations into this livable, inviting city serves as the perfect case study for looking at our future. For planners, San Antonio is a welcoming city of great hospitality, exciting new developments, and committed preservation.
The 2006 National Planning Conference comes at an especially critical time as the Gulf states begin the work of rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. You will learn about APA’s efforts to support planning in the Gulf, as well as have the opportunity to attend the disaster mitigation workshop and five additional sessions on planning before and recovering from disasters.
As I write this, Oregon’s Measure 37 was recently struck down and the Supreme Court has relied on precedent and upheld the use of eminent domain. In this fast-changing legal environment, you won’t want to miss the Bettman planning law symposium and the track on American Property Rights and Land Issues. This track concludes with the closing session, which will be a lively debate on property rights.
Be certain to avail yourself of new programs such as the Technology Showcase that demonstrates the wide application of new information technology programs. Last year’s poster exhibits were one of the hits of the conference,
so don’t miss this opportunity to tour the poster display and meet with presenters.
Other innovations include a special track for elected officials. We are inviting Texas officials to attend a program geared to their policy concerns on Monday. Our planning commissioner track is back again with nine new workshops.
Planning directors, please note that last year’s highly acclaimed New Directors Institute is again offered on Saturday. Plus there are other opportunities to network at the Monday breakfast in the facilitated discussions scheduled for the planning directors’ hospitality suite.
This is a critical time for planning. We have made great strides in the past decade and are presented today with exceptional opportunities to shape our future. Please join your colleagues for this one-of-a-kind educational event.

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