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APA Arizona 2019 State Planning Conference

September 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - September 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The APA Arizona State Planning Conference will be held at the foot of majestic Pusch Ridge in the Santa Catalina Mountains at the El Conquistador Tucson a Hilton Resort located in Oro Valley, Arizona on September 11 to 13.

Now is the time to register! There are currently rooms at a special rate at the Hilton. These rooms will go fast so take this opportunity to register now: https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/T/TUSHTHH-AZP-20190910/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

This year’s conference will have over 35 sessions and mobile workshops covering planning best practices from Arizona as well as national trends.

The keynote speaker is Kurt Christiansen, the current APA national president. Kurt is the former Economic and Community Development director for Azusa, California. He has been active in APA serving as the California Chapter president as well as holding regional and national positions. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He recently relocated to Richmond, VA.

The plenary speaker is Steve Farley a long time state senator from Southern Arizona who last year was a candidate for governor. Steve is an artist whose work can be seen in Downtown Tucson. He was among the first advocates for Tucson’s modern streetcar and is currently running for Mayor of Tucson.

Some session highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • Update on the 2018-19 Arizona’s Legislature’s planning statutes.
  • Planning on the border
  • New trends in gathering data and analysis tools
  • The value of storytelling for planners
  • Land use and water planning
  • Incentives to downtown and infill development
  • Planning for resiliency and rainfall patterns
  • Affordable housing trends
  • AICP exam preparation

Make room for some thought provoking mobile workshops. They include tours of infill along Tucson’s modern streetcar route, and the UNESCO City of Gastronomy tour with a sampling of Sonoran Desert cuisine and viewing of historic gardens, also see the transitioning of natural areas in an urban setting that includes a stop at the recently built wildlife bridge over State Route 77 and try biking a segment of Tucson’s scenic 150-mile Loop.

Also, conference sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here for more information: https://arizona.planning.org/conference-events/2019-state-planning-conference/conference-sponsorship/

We look forward to seeing you in Oro Valley.  If you have questions, please call APA Arizona at 602-866-7188.

All registration cancellations must be received in writing by Monday, August 26, 2019 to be eligible for a refund less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations after this date and conference no-shows will be responsible for the full amount of the registration because your attendance will have already been guaranteed. You may send a substitute in your place in the event you are unable to attend or not able to cancel in time.

Click here to register!


September 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am
September 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Hilton El Conquistador
1000 N Oracle Rd
Oro Valley, AZ 85704 United States