2024 Northern New England Planning Conference

2024 Northern New England Planning Conference

Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, Vermont (Soon to be a newly renovated hotel for our arrival)

October 28 - 30, 2024


DEADLINE: Friday, March 1st, 2024

The Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) is pleased to host its 2024 Conference from Monday, October 28th through Wednesday, October 30th at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont. We are planning this multi-day conference to provide opportunities for engagement, collaboration, and (re)establishing partnerships with your colleagues, new and old, throughout New England.

As we begin planning for the 2024 conference, the Conference Committee is seeking your ideas for presentations that will provide our conference attendees with a program that is interactive, informative, and inspirational! While there is no conference theme this year, we have reviewed survey data from past conferences to target certain topics or areas of interest that have been identified by our members. Submissions can cover any planning issues that are relevant to the range of New England communities. The following is intended to be a guide for possible session ideas, but we welcome any ideas that you think will be worth sharing.

● Have you utilized a technology or other cutting-edge technique that you were impressed by (or frustrated with) to support a planning project?

● Is there an economic development or community revitalization project or plan that you want to share with your colleagues?

● Are you new to the planning profession and have questions; or are you a long-time planner that has thoughts to share about your experiences?

● Do you have expertise in developing grant proposals, zoning regulations, master plans, or similar planning disciplines and want to share your best practices (or worst experiences)?

● Have you worked on a project that encourages youth to work in or better understand the Planning realm?

● Have you turned a NIMBY into a YIMBY? We all want to know your secrets!

Session Formats

We look forward to offering attendees a highly engaging conference experience. We strongly encourage session proposals and formats that: share and prioritize lessons learned; inspire attendees with a new way of thinking about or doing the work of planning; are solutions-based and offer meaningful take-aways; and engage attendees in brainstorming and problem-solving. The Committee is seeking a diverse mix of session types that are approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length (except for mobile sessions) for our program. Sessions may be in any of the following formats:

● Presentation with Q&A (engage the audience)

● Panel Discussion

● On-site or Mobile Workshop (mini, ½ day, or full day)

● Rapid, Multi-part presentation (i.e. pecha kucha, “shorts”)

● Peer-to-peer Discussion

● “Deep Dive”

● Another new or innovative format

Submit your Ideas

Send your ideas to the Conference Committee by Friday, March 1, 2024 using the link below. You don’t have to have all the details of your proposal figured out right now; you’re welcome to submit a broad description of your session idea. The Committee will follow up with you to gather more information.

The Conference Committee will review all submitted ideas and develop a program that provides a variety of options for attendees and incorporates feedback from previous conference surveys.


Preparing for the Conference

Once a general program has been established, the Conference Committee may reach out to those who have identified themselves as speakers or session organizers for additional information or a preview of the presentation to ensure the content is consistent with the submission and that the session meets the goals of the conference. Final presentation slides and handouts will be due in digital format to the Conference Committee by Friday, October 18th at 12:00pm. This will help ensure that we can troubleshoot any IT needs, and manage smooth transitions between sessions. By submitting a session proposal, you are acknowledging this deadline.

Due to the limited budget for the conference, we are unable to offer travel expenses, honorariums, complimentary registrations, or lodging for session speakers. By submitting a session proposal, you are acknowledging this policy and understand that you will be responsible for covering the cost of your attendance if you are selected to present.

Please submit questions about this request for submissions or general conference inquiries to Nancy Kilbride, NNECAPA Administrator at eventsyourwaynh22@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas and contributing to the success of the Conference! NNECAPA 2024 Host Committee

Thanks to Our 2023 Conference Sponsors:

SE Group





Horsley Whitten

Horsley Witten Group

BSC Group


New Hampshire Housing


North Star Planning

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

FB Environmental

FB Environmental

Silver Sponsors!

Bernstein Shur

BETA Group, Inc.

Deckard Technologies

Front Porch Community Planning & Design

Haley Ward

Levine Planning Strategies

Resilience Planning and Design

Resource Information & Land Use Planning, Maine

RHL Strategies

Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.

Questions about the conference - contact:

Natasha Kypfer, Conference Chair

Nancy Kilbride, NNECAPA Administrator

NNECAPA Partners - Barrett (platinum,) RKG, Resilience, TRORC, Comm Heart & Soul

Thanks to our Sustaining Partners