Planners Embracing Change in Columbus
By: Nate Nickel
With the theme of “Embracing Change”, the 2013 APA-IN spring conference was held on March 15th at the Commons in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Over a hundred planning professionals from across the state were in attendance. As the name suggests, the conference acted as a forum to discuss the various dynamics of change that Indiana communities and planners face on a daily basis. It provided an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends and innovations in planning. It was also a great way to network with peers and colleagues.
All of the presentations were very timely, informative and educational. Some of the conference’s highlights included the 2013 APA-IN Awards Presentation, an AICP exam review session, and a walking tour of redevelopment projects in downtown Columbus. Additionally, Karen Valencic, an engaging guest speaker, taught us all how to utilize “spiral impact” techniques in confronting change in our careers, organizations and communities.
Thank you to all of the conference speakers and the APA-IN organizing committee for another great professional development conference. We also certainly appreciate the hospitality of our colleagues from the City of Columbus for hosting us. We invite everyone to attend the Fall APA-IN Conference that will be held in October at the Ball State University campus.