With over 50 sessions, 200 speakers, and 700 attendees, the annual New Jersey Planning Conference is the largest land use conference in the state.  Co-hosted by the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the conference aims to educate and empower planners and other land use professionals, elected and appointed officials, and citizen activists on ways to advance the art and science of good planning — physical, economic and social — to create communities that offer better and more equitable choices for how people live, work and play.


Session Submission Information

  • Session are due no later than Friday, November 1, 2019. No exceptions will be made.
  • All sessions must be submitted on our online portal at: https://americanplanningassociation-njchapter.submittable.com/submit/127081/2019-njpc-call-for-sessions
  • The Conference Committee will be accepting sessions on a “rolling basis” meaning that the committee reserves the right to accept and inform a submitted their proposal has been accepted.
  • Each session is 90 minutes.
  • Sessions are limited to no more than five presenters (including the moderator).
  • Audio visual equipment including projector/screen, microphones, and wifi are provided in each session room.
  • We do not provide laptops! One representative of the session group is responsible for bringing a laptop with them. We provide a “Speaker Ready Room” where laptops and hook-ups can be tested with the projectors/screens found in the session rooms.

 Speaker Policies

  • Speakers must register for the conference unless they only attend the session in which they are participating and will not be attending other conference functions. They will receive a separate badge from general attendees.
  • All speakers who will attend sessions and conference events MUST pay regular registration fees.
  • Speakers are responsible for their own hotel accommodations and travel.

 How to Submit a Proposal

  1. Session Title: Choose a title that catches the audience’s attention and please don’t make it too long.  
  2. Description: The description should be between 150- 200 words and should accurately depict the content of your session and the learning objectives to attract the appropriate audience. Proposals should consider ways for sessions to be engaging, interactive, and hands-on, and consider real world scenarios to walk participants through the application of an idea or tool. This description will appear online and in our program book. Please do not use bullet points. Draft your description in narrative form. 
  3. Description Picture (optional): If you have a cool image you’d like to highlight next to your narrative, please feel free to include it! We need a high resolution .jpeg, minimum 300 dpi.
  4. Subject Matter: Determine the appropriate subject matter from our vast menu of options. The Conference Committee strives to provide a balanced conference program for our guests. Along with Certification Maintenance for professional planners, we also provide Continuing Law Education credits for attorneys. If you have an attorney as a presenter, please select “law” as one of your subject matter choices. 
  5. Session Primary Contact:This individual is responsible for coordinating with APA-NJ on any logistics and is the primary contact for all correspondence.
  6. Speakers: Include a complete list of confirmed speakers (speaker submission template). We highly suggest recruiting a representative panel. Avoid choosing all the speakers from the same organization, and try to include a mix of panelists in the public sector, private sector, nonprofit sector and academia. The following information is required:


  • Speaker Name: Including any professional designations if applicable (AICP, PP, PhD, PP, ESQ., etc.)
  • Speaker Affiliation: Title and Company/Organization/Institution
  • Speaker Biography: Narrative of 200- 300 words written in the 3rdperson that includes the speaker’s current position, professional credentials, education and 2-3 sentences describing the speaker’s expertise in the subject matter. DO NOT submit resumes or bulleted lists.

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