American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

2018 Annual Conference

September 11 – 14

2018 Annual Conference

Post-Conference Message

The 2018 North Carolina Planning Conference is now behind us. With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, our conference was shorter and less attended than planned, yet 270 registered attendees were able to absorb great content at a variety of sessions, most of them created by our own membership. Our keynote plenary, opening reception, exhibitors meet-and-greet, and awards luncheon all took place as planned. Our conference planner Kara Louise, our VP for Chapter Development Cindy Camacho, and all the volunteers from the local host committee deserve recognition for their hard work and adaptability in salvaging as much Conference as possible from a difficult and uncertain situation. I’d also like to thank all the session organizers and presenters, our plenary speakers, our sponsors, and everyone who attended the conference and helped make it a success.

Hurricane Florence is also behind us, but flood waters are still rising, and the impacts of the storm will be with us for many years. At the time of writing, there have been 26 confirmed deaths in NC, over 10 thousand people remain in shelters, over 340,000 are without power, homes and business are under water, interstates 40 and 95 are closed, and Wilmington is effectively cut off from the rest of the state. Many communities are experiencing their second existential flood in as many years. The Chapter and its membership stand ready to help support and guide the recovery and rebuilding that will follow the departure of the floodwaters.

We are still compiling and analyzing the numbers from the 2018 Conference. The final accounting, and how to treat everyone fairly in view of this natural disaster, will be the dominant topic of the next Executive Committee meeting in October. Stay tuned for more information.


-Ken Bowers, AICP