The conference was outstanding!
Thank you to all the planners, presenters, and participants.

2010 National Conference

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Community Planning for "The New Normal"


National perspectives, and what communities
are doing to respond
to the new realities

April 16-18, 2010

Embassy Suites Old Town  -  Alexandria, Virginia

Community planning leaders and practitioners from all across the United States
learned from national experts and exchanged real-life experiences and insights.

Recent changes have been dramatic and unprecedented...and there is no going back.

Now we need to understand what the “new normal” looks like
and how to operate in this new context.

Economic, demographic, social, and technological trends have rapidly reshaped
what problems we face, how we face them, and who faces them.

As leaders who are planning for the future well-being of the people and communities we serve,
now more than ever we need the knowledge, flexibility, and skills
to think in new ways and use new tools and technologies.

We must be prepared to help our organizations lead and support community progress
in the challenging times to come.

NAPC recognizes that many member organizations are facing financial challenges. 
Good news:  this year, both the conference fee and the hotel rate
were lower than they've been for many years.

Main themes and topics included:

-  The “new normal”...what is different now, and what this is likely to mean for our work
-  Big economic changes...lasting impacts on our country and our communities
-  More seniors, living longer...implications for the future
-  Local planners' the new realities offer new challenges, possibilities
   and partners
-  Government performance measures...alignment with community indicators
-  Community planning in a digital world...making best use of new tools
Discussion of "Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector" - paper (James Irvine Foundation)


-  Newcomers welcome...opening reception...evening "dine arounds" with NAPC leaders and conference colleagues...networking and resource exchange.

-  Presentation of the 2010 Judith Rothbaum Award honoring excellence in using social indicators for community action...and NAPC annual meeting and elections.

-  Conference attendees "tweeted" live from the conference using the hashtag #NAPC on Twitter. Follow NAPC on Twitter@N_A_P_C.  Not familiar with using Twitter?  Read these easy tips to get started.                                     

Past attendees say:

“I come to learn, to be inspired, and to build valuable networks
with colleagues in other communities.”

“Even in years when budgets are tight and I can only go to one conference,
this is the conference I never miss.”

Speakers' bios and photos

Friday, April 16

Travel to the conference...or, come earlier:  conference participants qualify for NAPC's special hotel room rate for additional nights before and after the conference


Noon - NAPC Board of Directors meeting

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Aligning government performance measures and community indicators

ModeratorBen Warner, Deputy Director, JCCI (Jacksonville, FL)


Featured speakerAllen Lomax, consultant; former Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accounting Office  

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4:15 - 5:30 p.m.


5:00 p.m.

Welcome/orientation for new members and first-time attendees

5:30 p.m.
Reception, welcome, and opening presentation

Welcome to the conference:  Suzanne Puryear, NAPC Conference Logistics Chair; President, The Planning Council (Norfolk, VA) 


Welcome on behalf of NAPC:  Martha Blaine, NAPC President; Executive Director, Community Council of Greater Dallas


Featured speakerHuman service perspective from the national level

Irv Katz, Executive Director, National Human Services Assembly (Washington, DC)

Evening dine arounds - Dinner in groups at area restaurants

Saturday, April 17

The Embassy Suites rate includes a cooked-to-order hot breakfast…please enjoy that before coming to the rooms where the conference events will take place

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Welcome and participant introductions:  Patrick Linnane, NAPC Conference Program Chair; Managing Partner, Patrick Linnane and Associates (Milwaukee, WI)


8:20 a.m.

How we'll use social media during the conference:  the NAPC Forward Group


8:50 a.m.

"The new normal"...what it means for the economy, jobs, and living standards

ModeratorPhil Dessauer, Executive Director, Community Service Council (Tulsa, OK)


Featured speakerHeidi Shierholz, Ph.D., Economic Policy Institute (EPI) (Washington, DC)

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10:45 a.m.  Break


11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 

More seniors, living longer -- part of "the new normal"
Our society is aging. Tomorrow's seniors will live longer and more active lives than ever before--bringing both opportunities and challenges for human service systems and our economy. Only by engaging our communities in new and creative ways will we be able to develop the human and financial resources necessary for addressing these momentous changes. 

Moderator Suzanne Puryear, President, The Planning Council (Norfolk, VA) 



Greg Arcaro, Executive Director, Community Planning Council (Yonkers, NY)

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Susan Weinrich, VP of Organizational and Community Development, New York Council of Nonprofits (Albany, NY)

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Martha Blaine, Executive Director, Community Council of Greater Dallas (Dallas, TX)


Johnette Hartnett, Director, National Disability Institute (Washington, DC)

12:30 p.m. 
Conference luncheon

National Association of Planning Councils Annual Meeting

Presentation of the 2010 Judith Rothbaum Award for excellence in using social indicators for community action

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
What are communities experiencing at the front end of the "new normal"?  For community planning, what are the new realities, new ways of doing business, new partners, new opportunities, and new ways of thinking about our work?

Moderator Patrick Linnane, Managing Partner, Patrick Linnane and Associates (Milwaukee, WI)


Featured speaker Clarence Carter, Executive Director of the DC Department of Human Services (Washington, DC)

3:30 p.m.  Break


3:45 - 5:15

Continuation of the earlier session, with emphasis on the federal game plan, how nonprofits fit into the game plan, and impacts and opportunities for local communities

Moderator Vanessa Sarria, Executive Director, Community Action Network (Austin, TX)


Featured speakers


David Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits (Washington, DC) 


Julie Merz, Deputy Director of Member Services, Office of the Assistant to the Speaker (Washington, DC)

Evening dine arounds - Dinner in groups restaurants in Alexandria or Washington, DC

Sunday, April 18

The Embassy Suites rate includes a cooked-to-order hot breakfast…please enjoy that before coming to the rooms where the other conference events will take place

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

"Convergence:  How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector"

Review and discussion of an exciting paper just released by the James Irvine Foundation, and implications for community planning practice



Martha Blaine, Executive Director, Community Council of Greater Dallas (Dallas, TX)


Phil Dessauer, Executive Director, Community Service Council (Tulsa, OK)

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The Culture Shift Your Organization Must Make 

Social media is everywhere. People and organizations alike are using this emerging technology in their day-to-day communications. This conference session features a panel of speakers intimately familiar with social media tools who will speak about the social media phenomenon and why planning organizations cannot ignore it. They will discuss how to integrate social media into your marketing plans or organizational strategies. They will also talk about human resources policies, touching on some of the challenges that social media create and how to deal with them in your organization. Conference attendees will be challenged to submit questions and to generate discussion throughout the panel by using social media tools. Conference attendees will also be invited to share their own professional experiences with social media.

Moderator:  * Chantel Bottoms, Community Action Network (Austin, TX)

Featured speakers


Melanie Herman, Executive Director, Nonprofit Risk Management Center (Leesberg, VA), on HR policies and risk management as it relates to social media


Rick Cohen, National Association of Nonprofits (Washington, D.C.)

Panel from NAPC member organizations:

* Ben Kirby, Juvenile Welfare Bureau-Children's Services Council (Pinellas, FL)

* Valerie Venezia, New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (Albany, NY)

* Leaders of NAPC Forward

12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wrap-up and send-off; collect evaluations; drawing for door prize

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

NAPC Board of Directors meeting

Travel home...or, stay on for more nights at the hotel at NAPC's special rate


Speakers' bios and photos























Thanks to Claudia Gooch and Martha Blaine for taking these pictures



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Every effort has been made to keep costs even more affordable than usual during this challenging year.  The conference fees are lower in 2010 than they've been for many years:

$350 non-members
$295 members
$250 additional attendees from member organizations
$ 75 students

Join NAPC before the conference and qualify for the lower Member conference rate.

The conference registration fee includes:  All conference sessions and materials, the opening reception on Friday (cash bar), the luncheon on Saturday, and the opportunity to disseminate your materials at the Resource Fair. 

Breakfasts are not provided, because the Embassy Suites rate includes a cooked-to-order hot breakfast…please enjoy that each morning before coming to the conference events.

The conference fee does not include lodging. To qualify for the discounted group rate, please make your hotel reservations directly with the Embassy Suites Old Town Alexandria.


HOTEL:   Embassy Suites Alexandria - Old Town 

Embassy Suites Alexandria - Old Town Hotel, VA - Exterior Embassy Suites Alexandria - Old Town Hotel, VA - Alexandria Waterfront

From the hotel website:

The Embassy Suites Alexandria - Old Town hotel (1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, Virginia) is located in the quaint historic area of Alexandria, VA, directly across the street from the King Street Metro Station and accessible to all Washington DC area attractions. Alexandria is near Reagan International Airport, and is located on the Potomac River.

Amenities include:

  • Two-room suites...a $2.5 million suite renovation just completed

  • Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast

  • Complimentary nightly manager's reception

  • High-speed Internet access throughout hotel

  • Complimentary shuttle within two-mile radius

  • Indoor pool and fitness room

  • More

NAPC's group rate:  $130 a night plus tax and fees (April 15-20) for reservations made by March 26

...for a two-room suite (including a living room with sleeper sofa, table and chairs, and high-speed Internet access; kitchenette; bedroom--specify one or two beds)

...and a complimentary cooked-to-order hot breakfast each morning.

Many advantages!  The larger space makes it convenient for attendees to share a room...and breakfast is a nightly cost which is lower than at any NAPC conference in several years.

To make hotel reservations, call 1-800-EMBASSY and give them the group code of PLK. (Don't call the hotel directly.) The group rate is available for reservations made by March 24.  If you need special accommodations call Karen Babel, 703-842-7042. 

The hotel is near Reagan International Airport.  It is across the street from the King Street Metro Station; a ticket from the airport to the hotel is just $2.  Or, take a cab for about $20.  For attendees who drive, parking at the hotel is $24 per night.


Many thanks to the conference speakers for contributing their expertise and time.


Special thanks from NAPC to the Board members who led the 2010 conference team: 

   -  Program - Patrick Linnane (Milwaukee, WI)
   -  Logistics and registration - Suzanne Puryear (Norfolk, VA)

   ...and to all the Board members who served on the planning committee.

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