Call For Conference Session Proposals! Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Conference

The Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors is having its annual conference in North Adams at MASS MoCA on May 30 and 31, 2019. The Association has released a call for session proposals due March 1, 2019.

This year the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) will hold its annual conference at the MASS MoCA in North Adams. The overall theme for the conference is “The New Economy”, with the location serving as a perfect backdrop/case study for our shifting economic landscape.  Many of the specific proposals we are seeking translate outside of Massachusetts, which may be of interest to our New York counterparts:

  • Defining, regulating, and permitting uses related to the New Economy (e.g., AirBnB, cannabis, 5G, etc.);
  • Integrating arts and culture and the creative economy into planning and economic development initiatives;
  • Creating microtransit systems and other non-traditional transportation systems, especially aimed at undeserved regions and populations;
  • Tools for successfully monitoring and maintaining your affordable subsidized housing units:
  • Developing successful inter-municipal and regional shared services; and,
  • Planning for the Census 2020 and shifting demographics (aging population, population loss, etc.).

The MAPD is a not for profit membership organization of professional planners, with the following purposes:

  • To promote interest in and support for planning throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by facilitating the exchange of information relevant to planning issues, techniques, and innovations.
  • To provide a network of planning professionals through which discussion and resolution of local and regional planning issues can be achieved.
  • To encourage the coordination of activities of the various professional and citizen planning organizations throughout the Commonwealth, and where appropriate the nation.
  • To support the field of planning at all levels through education of citizen and professional planners via newsletters, monthly meetings, workshops, annual conferences and any other reasonable means of information dissemination.
  • To promote interest in and support for community planning throughout the Commonwealth so as to achieve a long-term benefit to community preservation through public involvement, sensible regulation and guided development.
  • To present the perspective of the local planning professional with regard to legislative and programmatic proposals of various levels of government.

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