Wednesday, September 23, 2015
This year, the American Planning Association and its host Connecticut Chapter will bring its annual tristate conference to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Joining the CT Chapter will be planners and affiliated professionals from Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is anticipated that approximately 600 professional land use planners representing all levels of government as well as private practice professionals, allied professionals and land use commissioners will be in attendance for this 2-day event.
The conference will cover educational and professional development programs, mobile workshops, and innovative special sessions that will be presented on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, 2015.
All learning sessions will be accredited for APA’s continuing education requirements.
For those who attended the SNEAPA Conference in 2012, the Connecticut Convention Center will be a familiar venue for this event.
The conference venue will afford attendees the opportunity to interact with the heightened level of activity within Hartford and nearby areas.
Outside of the Convention Center, Hartford is buzzing with city planning initiatives and private development projects that are reshaping how its residents live, work and play. Within the Adriaen’s Landing District, construction is completed on the Front Street District, offering a selection of restaurants and entertainment options just across Columbus Boulevard from the Convention Center. Toward the river to the east the Riverfront Recapture’s myriad parks are open for enjoyment and miles of the Riverwalk multi-use trail have been completed.
The CTfastrak busway is operational and improving transit within the City and between neighboring municipalities to the west. In the Downtown District, the TIGER Intermodal Triangle is enhancing transit connectivity, functionality and aesthetics within the Union Station-to-Main Street triangle. In Downtown, construction at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the future home of the Hartford Yard Goats Minor League Baseball team, is in full swing. To the north and to the south, commercial and residential space continues to come online at Colt Gateway in the up and coming Coltsville National Historical Park.