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Here’s some great news for planning students who want to meet future colleagues without traveling too far afield: For the first time in a decade, the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is holding its annual conference right here in Ithaca. The three-day event kicks off Wednesday October 3 at Hotel Ithaca.

Highlights include mobile workshops like a LimeBike ride around Ithaca’s waterfront, a survey of Tompkins County’s tiny homes, and a Downtown Ithaca walking tour focused on building density. These sessions are complemented by professional development seminars like 5A: Zoning and Land Use Law – the Latest and Greatest and Everything You Wanted to Know about FOIL and Open Meetings…But Were Afraid to Ask!

Conference poster (Image: APA Upstate)

There’s three Cornell-specific workshops, too: Planning at Cornell, the meta-sounding Planning for Planning Education, and a session on the resources available from New York State through Cornell for flood risk and resiliency planning.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

Normally, students would pay $65 to attend the conference, but the Department of City and Regional Planning will knock $20 off the fee for the first 100 students to register. At the time of this writing, there were still discounted spots available via the event registration page. (CRP students should have received an email from department chair Jeff Chusid with the discount code.)

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