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Welcome to the online home of the APA California 2013 Conference!
The California Chapter presents a statewide conference annually that provides networking and educational opportunities for its members. These popular conferences attract planning professionals from throughout California, the United States, and around the world.
- Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities: Exhibit with us! Sponsor an event! No other conference connects you to more than 1,000+ private and public sector planners, land use professionals, and elected/appointed municipal officials. Showcase your products and services. Nothing takes the place of fact-to-fact marketing!
- Volunteers: Be a volunteer at the 2013 Conference. Have fun and meet new people. Please contact David Bryant, Volunteer Chair at (559) 624 -7130 or e-mail: Dbryant@co.tulare.ca.us.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Ken Alex, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Jerry Brown, and Director, Office of Planning and Research, State of California
Ken Alex is a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the Director of the Office of Planning and Research. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Mr. Alex was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Alex led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Alex handled cases under most federal and California environmental statutes. Mr. Alex negotiated dozens of significant settlements, including agreements with San Bernardino County and ConocoPhillips for the first required reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in the country. California Lawyer named Mr. Alex an “Attorney of the Year” in 2004 for his work in energy law and he received the ABA award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy in 2007 for global warming work. He has taught courses on environmental law and policy at Stanford, Hastings, and Golden Gate University. Mr. Alex is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. in political theory from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Keynote Luncheon Speaker
Paul Rodriguez, Chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition,
Paul Rodriguez is Chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition. He is a driving force behind the California Water Bond Measure slated for the ballot in November 2014. His tireless work on behalf of California water conservation efforts has earned him considerable statewide respect. Paul Rodriguez has been honored with a humanitarian award for his water conservation advocacy and has been voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America. He is at the forefront of California water planning advocacy and remains committed to finding and promoting solutions. In addition, Paul Rodriquez is an accomplished entertainer, writer, director, and producer of motion pictures, television and feature shows. His philanthropic endeavors include personal involvement in numerous charitable, civic and educational organizations.
Actor, Producer, Comedian and Philanthropist
Hotel - Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center
300 South Court, Visalia, CA 93291 - Telephone: (559) 636-1111 or toll free (800) 798-6506.
Single or Double $145.00 per night - This rate is available through Thursday, September 5, 2013 or until the block of rooms is sold out. Book now to ensure you get a room at this discounted rate!!
Below you will find the reservation link to make your online reservation. If you prefer to call, please call (800) 798-6506 and request a reservation. Be sure to tell the reservation agent that you are with a group and that the group code is ACD.
The 2013 APA California Conference in Visalia is fully easily accessible by several means of alternative transportation – no car needed! In addition, the conference center and the Visalia Marriott are only a three-block walk through Downtown Visalia to the Visalia Transit Center where all transportation connections are made. Downtown Visalia provides a full range of dining, shopping, entertainment, and professional services. Those who are lodging in Visalia outside of Downtown can use Visalia’s fixed route transit which also connects at the Transit Center.
Two flights run to and from LAX daily, as does a single flight to and from Las Vegas McCarran. Rental cars are available or use Visalia Transit Route 10 to get to and from downtown Visalia.
The Amtrak San Joaquin Route links Bay Area and Sacramento area cities with Visalia via a Thruway Connection Service from the Hanford Amtrak Station. Thruway Service via Amtrak bus is available throughout California. The conference is a three-block walk from the Downtown Visalia Transit Center.
Orange Belt Stages provides daily service to and from Central Coast and High Desert communities. Greyhound Lines provides daily service to the Visalia Transit Center from points throughout California.
For those who chose the freedom and flexibility of a car, a drive to Visalia is only:
- Three hours from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the Central Coast;
- Four hours from the Bay Area, Orange County, and the Inland Empire;
- Five hours from San Diego.
The Great Outdoors
Before or after the conference, you may consider spending a
few extra days of vacation in one of the National Parks located near
Visalia. The Sequoia National Park
entrance is a one-half hour drive from Visalia, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon
camping and lodging are between a one and two-hour drive from Visalia. Yosemite Village is also located three hours
to the north.
Call for Presentations is now Closed!
Session proposals for the APA California 2013 annual conference to be held at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, CA, October 6-9, 2013, is now closed for submission.