Conference Overview

APA Alabama and APA Mississippi proudly present the annual Joint Conference to provide educational and networking opportunities for their members. The "Polycentric City" Conference offers a tremendous range of topics, including presentations on ethics, ecology, alternative modes, public art, infrastructure, economic development, and the new economy. Also available are Law CM and Ethics CM credits for AICP members. Mobile workshops will offer a variety of tours, from one of Alabama's largest federal installations to some of the region's newest adaptive reuse projects.

We have almost 50 CM credits available and, if you plan carefully, you could total up to 14 credits over the three days, including Law and Ethics sessions.

Topics run the gamut, from Feng Shui to Public Art; from Bike Networks to Stormwater Infrastructure; from Planning for Preservation to Planning for the Future of Energy. See our attached AGENDA for more information on the timing, and the attached PROGRAM for details on the specific sessions.

So many interesting topics, so little time!

Do you want to have a bigger presence at the Conference? Of course you do! Sign up to SPONSOR THE CONFERENCE, or even a social event. We’ve got a range of options to suit your budget!

Come see us in the Rocket City! 

Approximately 14 hours AICP CM credits will be available.

Conference Agenda

The 2019 Conference Agenda is set! Click here to see the full agenda!


This year’s conference will be held at the Von Braun Center (VBC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The VBC is located on the western edge of Downtown, with easy access to I-565 and Memorial Parkway.

LODGING: There is NOT an official hotel for the event, and no reserved blocks. There are a lot of rooms in the area, but those within walking distance of the conference site WILL GO QUICKLY. Sign up now to get the room you want!

GET OUT AND SEE hunstville!

All work and no play makes for a dull Planner. Pick among multiple events, including the Awards Luncheon, a Brewery Tour, and a German Dinner among the Rockets! Bring the family and turn it into a weekend – visit the US Space and Rocket Center, the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Monte Sano State Park, Downtown Huntsville, and MUCH MORE!