American Planning Association

North Carolina Chapter

2016 Annual Conference

September 13 – 16

2016 Annual Conference


We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming 2016 North Carolina Planning Conference in Asheville! The area has seen many major changes since the conference was held here last. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience these changes and the revitalization of the downtown with the sessions, tours, and activities that have been planned.

Asheville will also provide the perfect setting to inspire participants and empower them with fresh ideas to take back to their communities.

The conference is scheduled to take place September 13-16 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville.  This year’s conference is focused on the theme: PLACES SHAPE PLANS ~ PLANS SHAPE PLACES.  The Conference will feature concurrent sessions, lightning rounds, networking opportunities, vendor displays, and mobile tours of Asheville and the surrounding area!  The Conference will kick-off with an opening reception Wednesday night at the historic Grove Arcade, located within easy walking distance of the conference hotel.  The Conference will wrap-up Friday morning with an interactive ethics session and an exciting closing session.  So please join us for what promises to be a dynamic, informative and fun conference.

Preliminary Conference Agenda Now Available!

Download the preliminary conference agenda here.

Registration Now Open!

Register for the Conference Online at

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Conference Site and Hotel Reservations

The conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel located at 31 Woodfin Street in downtown Asheville.  Attendees need to walk only steps away to find a variety of restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and shops.

A block of rooms for conference attendees is being held at the Renaissance Hotel. All Reservations should be made directly with the hotel. Our special room rate is for the nights of Sunday, September 11 through Thursday, September 15 (conference ends mid-day Friday).

The group rate starts at $169 plus applicable taxes.  Guests can make reservations by visiting Asheville Renaissance Hotel APA-NC Reservation Link.

Cut-off date to make reservations at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel is Tuesday, August 12, 2016.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Your firm, organization, or governmental unit is invited to help support the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor. For more information on sponsorship or exhibiting please contact Kara Louise, Conference Manager, at APA-NC has expanded the Exhibit and Sponsorship opportunities this year!

Download the Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus here.

Asheville Attractions and Information

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