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Regaining Relevancy: Making the Economic Case for Planning

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  • UserMitchell Silver, President, & Paul Farmer, Executive Director, American Planning Association
  • ClockWednesday 21 November 2012, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMill Lane Lecture Room 1.

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Times are changing and planners need to adapt to the new reality of what planning means in the 21st Century. The Great Recession has brought both challenges and opportunities to the planning profession. What leadership skills are needed today? Does regionalism still offer opportunities for competiveness and orderly growth? What role should the economy play and what messages gain the most traction with the business community, civil society and elected officials? How can planners regain their relevancy in the 21st century? The address will suggest how planners can affirm their purpose as guardians of our common future and help civil society prepare for growth and change.

Mitchell Silver is president of the American Planning Association (APA). Mr. Silver is also the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Silver is an award-winning planner with over 27 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues.

W. Paul Farmer, FAICP , is Chief Executive Officer of the American Planning Association (APA) and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Previously, he served in senior management positions as Director of the Minneapolis Department of City Planning and Deputy Planning Director in Pittsburgh. He has also had academic positions at the University of Oregon, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

This talk is part of the Land Economy Departmental Seminar Series series.

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