2018 Speaker Series

2018 logo speaker seriesBoth the Great Recession and the unique recovery have made it clear that circumstances change, and the needs of our communities evolve over time, sometimes in ways that we struggle to anticipate. As a result, whether it is community planning, transportation, or even a changing workforce, there is a need for the profession to plan for and manage these fast moving transformations. We must reimagine our communities to face these changes, whether they are fiscal, environmental, or technological, and our communities will be better prepared to weather through changing dynamics and come out successfully on the other side.

All sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Join us for coffee and networking from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.

West Sacramento Community Center
1075 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento

Free, Unrestricted Parking at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (behind Walgreens)

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Friday, June 29 - Hosted by APA
Planning in an Era of Increasing Uncertainty and Disruption
Presenters: Pete Parkinson, AICP, President, APA California Chapter; Julia Lave Johnston, President-Elect, APA California Chapter; Bob
Lagomarsino, AICP, Director, APA Sacramento Valley Section

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Is the planning profession prepared to respond effectively to rapidly advancing technology, changing environmental conditions, and ever-evolving social and demographic circumstances? In this kick-off to the Speaker Series, state and local APA leaders will frame the challenges facing planners and our colleagues in affiliated professions. How can we account for the proliferation of choices in the way we live our day-to-day lives? How can we manage the dramatically-increasing body of planning-related data and the evolution of tools to manipulate and evaluate that data? How can we guide collaborative processes in addressing these challenges? Join in a discussion of whether the “predict-and-plan” model of planning is capable of addressing the uncertainty and disruption associated with technological, environmental, and social change. Weigh-in on the implications of shifting to an “anticipate and adapt” model, including potential legal and institutional impediments.


Friday, July 27 – Hosted by OPR
Transportation to What Ends? The Need for a Transition from LOS to VMT, and Methods for Implementation
Presenters: Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, Governor’s Oce of Planning and Research

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Recent research shows that using measures of automobile delay like LOS to evaluate transportation system performance may not only be harmful to the environment and human health and unnecessarily costly, it may also undermine the effectiveness of the transportation system. This session will describe the science that points to the need for a transition to other ways to evaluate system performance, including focusing on VMT, and describe the methods for implementing that transition.

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