Reflections from the 2021 National Planning Conference

Last Friday afternoon saw the conclusion of the APA’s 2021 National Planning Conference.  For the second year in a row, this was a virtual conference, but with some clear improvements over last year’s conference.

If you attended, I’d be interested to get your thoughts about the conference.  Feel free to e-mail me at  Looking forward to an in-person conference in San Diego next year!

About the author

Keith Cooke is the Director of Planning & Community Development Markets at Esri. A graduate of Auburn University, he has been a GIS professional since 1994 and has worked for planning and community development agencies at the regional and municipal level. Prior to this role, he was an account executive at Esri for 15 years working with over 100 local governments. He is a frequent speaker at GIS, community planning, and economic development events and is an active member in the American Planning Association, where he has conducted nearly 100 hands-on GIS workshops for planners since 2004 at the National Planning Conference and state chapter conferences.


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