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Tuesday, July 21 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Report from the APA Task Force on Planning and Economic Development

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A recent APA survey of the general public found that “two-thirds of Americans believe their community needs more planning to promote economic recovery.” This finding seemed to be a stretch for planners or at worst, a contradiction. What exactly does this statement mean? Aren’t planners regulators? Can planners create jobs? And if so, what can planners actually DO to make this happen?

This Task Force was borne out of these types of questions and continues the discussions held at recent National and Virginia Planning Conferences. The current President of APA created the Task Force in 2014 and directed it to provide APA members-—planners first—-with tools to tell the story of how planning is essential to economic development in this country. This session will report out the work of the Task Force including a series of relevant case studies that will not only illustrate the important role of planning in successful economic development but will help planners tell the story. The session will be presented by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Task Force.  

Speakers
avatar for Julie Herlands AICP

Julie Herlands AICP

Principal, TischlerBise
Julie Herlands, AICP, is a Principal with TischlerBise and has over fifteen years of planning, fiscal, and economic development experience. Her economic and fiscal impact experience includes a wide-range of assignments in fifteen states including fiscal and economic impact analyses, economic and market analyses, economic development assessments and plans, impact fees, cash proffers, level of service analysis, and infrastructure financing. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Dr. John Provo

Dr. John Provo

Director, Economic Development, Virginia Tech
Provo provides leadership for the university in the implementation of its economic development mission. A “pracademic” with more than 15 years of economic development experience in higher education and government he leads Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, designated as a University Center by the US Economic Development Administration. He connects communities, companies and the university in ways that help create... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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