Thoughts from the Florida Planning Conference

This is the season for most APA state chapter conferences, and Florida APA held their conference in Orlando last week.  Personally, I was happy to see the attendance numbers almost back to normal with about 900 in attendance. Ben McCrary, an Esri account manager for south Florida and former planning director, joined me in the Esri booth. For those that couldn’t attend or those that are just curious as to how other state chapter conferences are, I wanted to provide some thoughts on FPC 2022:

Looking forward to next year’s conference in Jacksonville.  If you were there, or if you have questions, shoot me an e-mail at and let me know your thoughts.

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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