Indiana Chapter - American Planning Association

Planners Embracing Change in Columbus

Posted on March 19th, by Nate Nickel in APA Indiana, Conference. No Comments

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.

Christy Langley speaking

Christy Langley, AICP, the Planning Director of the City of Noblesville, presented a case study regarding digitization and how that internal process enabled the Noblesville Planning Department to improve efficiency and customer service.

Mitch Barloga speaking

Mitch Barloga, AICP, a planner with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). Mitch presented a video and spoke about the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan: A Vision for Northwestern Indiana, which is a winner of the prestigious APA Daniel Burnham Award, to be presented to NIRPC at the upcoming APA conference in Chicago, Illinois.

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