Blog Progress Report

Getting ready to port this blog server-side.  Been preparing for awhile, yet as you know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  My intentions are the best which means it’s turning out to be a pretty bumpy ride.  Fortunately, I’ve got a smart co-pilot working behind the scenes.  Until we navigate the minefield, a brief heads-up:

  • http://jcshepard.com is redirecting to a test site for the new blog theme.  It’s a work in progress.  If you follow one of my links directly there, I appologize for the inconvenience, but obviously you found your way back here for now!
  • I’m trying to do this while preparing for the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in Minneapolis.  Gonna be a fun time, but I’m also going to be spending more content time on that until we get the new theme up.

So enjoy the show, feel free to comment & enjoy your Spring.

-john shepard

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Plan on it

The National Planning Conference of the American Planning Association (APA) is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in April 2009.

APA’s National Planning Conference is the world’s premier educational event for planners and planning officials. With hundreds of sessions, workshops, mobile workshops, and networking events to choose from, you can build your own conference — one that’s just right for you.

We’re expecting several thousand folks involved in urban and regional planning to descend on the Twin Cities this spring. Keynote speakers scheduled include liberal Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter and architecture critic Witold Rybczynski.  Plus over 100 mobile workshops in and around the Twin Cities.

Silly me, I couldn’t be happy with just attending the conference. I volunteered as a PR-Media co-chair for the MnAPA chapter Local Host Committee.

Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge

Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge

This month APA highlights Minnesota and regional planning issues in Planning Magazine. You can read about some great places in Minnesota (with a picture of the booth the PR-Media Committee put together), transit, river and lake water resource issues, and more.

There’s also a nice article on outreach from Dutch planners helping Mississippi delta-area recovery efforts.  The National Planning Conference is in New Orleans next year.

I’m looking foward to completing my continuing education credits for AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) and am sure a fun time will be had by all.  If we’re not careful we might just learn something as well.

-john c shepard, aicp